Byron Bay and its hinterland is the ultimate family holiday destination with plenty for all to enjoy.
Memories are made here that last a lifetime. With an abundance of space and nature, Byron is filled with activities you won’t find anywhere else. From beaches to farms, circus to fairy trails, keep the kids thoroughly engaged on your next visit.
Discover our favourite for your family holiday activities, right here in Byron Bay.
1.From the resort to the beach
Just add water and kids are happy! A generous section of our Central Lagoon Pool dedicated to little ones. Alongside the larger pool, this shallow section is made so little ones can paddle safely alongside you.
Bigger kids are also welcome to bring their favourite inflatables – we’ve see quite a few pink flamingos lately! Meanwhile, you can enjoy poolside service and some relaxation in your own private cabana.
Elements of Byron has over one and a half kilometres of pristine undisturbed beachfront. Take the swimmers, rashies, boogie boards, and buckets and spades down to Belongil Beach, accessed via the Beach Club.
Lifeguards patrol this beach every Saturday and Sunday and throughout school holidays.
And for more variety, check out our guide to the best beaches for families in Byron Bay.
Wildlife spotting and exploring
Situated on 20 hectares of native bushland with four different ecologies, Elements provides a safe and fun environment for kids to explore and spot wildlife.
We have over 2 kilometres of signposted walking trails through the rainforest for the whole family to explore. Head off on a self-directed trail with a map from reception, or jump on a scheduled guided walk with our own ranger.
Parkour-inspired kids adventure playground
Tucked among the native bushland in which Elements of Byron sits is an all-natural adventure playground ready to enthral even the most energetic of kids.
Inspired by the excitement, grace and undoubted physical challenge of Parkour, this natural agility course is designed to spark imaginations and reveal new limits to each child who takes it on. There are picnic tables nearby so you can relax as they tire themselves out!
Time to ride – Elements horse ranch
Nothing beats the feeling of wind in your hair and salt spray in the air as you fly along the beach and along forest trails on horseback.
Zephyr Horses at Elements caters to all levels of riding abilities and offers both beach rides and rainforest rides. The resort’s horse ranch is located north of the resort, at the end of Bayshore Drive.
2. The Farm
A 5-minute drive from the resort, The Farm is many things: a destination, a working farm, a rustic eatery, a source of education, a produce market, and more. With a homespun philosophy based on the nourishment of community and environment, The Farm’s hospitality, educational, and agricultural endeavours contribute toward a more harmonious existence with the land. The Farm’s motto ‘Grow, Feed, Educate’ represents this ethos.
Whether you throw yourself headfirst into an ethical farming workshop, or treat yourself to a meal of local produce at Three Blue Ducks, a visit to The Farm is not only memorable, but inspirational.
In keeping with their motto, ‘Grow, Feed, Educate’, The Farm hosts an interesting range of workshops and education opportunities. From bee keeping and ethical farming to organic growing and natural building, the inspiring courses at The Farm are unlike any other. Check out their event calendar here.
There is plenty of learning opportunity for kids, too. The Farm encourages children to play and learn by witnessing the processes and practices of a real-life, working farm. Their educational program, ‘Farm Kids’, introduces concepts such as the importance of bee pollination and composting to younger kids.
As well as weekly workshops and special kids activities, visitors to The Farm can take a daily tour around the property. The walking tour gives an in-depth insight into the sustainable farming practices taking place.
3. Brunswick Fairy Trail
Located in the buzzing, vintage-inspired seaside village of Brunswick Heads, the free self-guided Brunswick Fairy Trail offers children a truly magical wonderland. Brunswick is where the best baristas hang out, so it’s coffee for you and secret fairy homes for the kids.
Just a 20-minute drive from Elements, the Fairy Trail leads children on a path of discovery to secret fairy houses tucked away throughout the village. The fairy houses are cleverly concealed, so your little ones will delight upon their discovery!
To start the adventure, pick up a map from the Brunswick Heads Visitor Information Centre.
Swimming at Torakina afterwards
After you’ve found all the fairy houses, take a dip at Torakina Beach – it’s a flat-water beach at the mouth of the river and just a 5-minute walk from the Brunswick village centre – and perfect for the littlest members of the family!
You can find Torakina and other family-friendly spots on our guide to the best family beaches in Byron.
4. Runaway to the Circus!
Your children will really love running away and joining the circus. Circus Arts Byron Bay lets them fly through the air, tumble, challenge themselves and have lots of fun in a safe and supportive environment.
Walking distance from the resort
Just a 15 minute walk from Elements, Circus Arts offer a range of full and half day circus programs tailored to suit a range of ages and abilities.
Workshops range from balloon twisting for little ones, to flying trapeze classes and circus programs. For older, more adventurous kids, Circus Arts features an indoor climbing wall with 20 different climbs.
5. Macadamia Castle
Cute farmyard animals to feed, rabbits to hold, a train for the littlies and pancakes sprinkled with macadamia nuts, it’s no wonder The Macadamia Castle has been a family holiday favourite for more than 40 years.
Animal Fun Park
The Macadamia Castle is only a 20-minute drive from Elements in the beautiful Byron hinterland.
The Animal Fun Park features a daily program of interactive activities perfect for the under 5‘s with a train that meanders around the park. Older children and teens can learn about conservation and native wildlife in specially created programs hosted by friendly knowledgeable wildlife keepers.
Kids of all ages love the 18-hole mini-golf course and the incredible climbing frame that snakes its way around a beautiful old tree.
6. Crystal Castle and Shambala Gardens
Set off for a beautiful 30 minute drive through the stunning Byron hinterland to explore the world famous Crystal Castle.
Located in the rainforest escarpments above Byron, the Castle’s enchanting gardens, rare crystal displays and giant statues delight and inspire children of all ages – and their parents too!
It’s not every day you see the world’s biggest crystals
There’s towering 5.5 metre smoky quartz geode and a 5.5 metre wide amethyst cave. Be at peace with the largest stone Blessing Buddha in Australia, and the only Kalachakra World Peace Stupa in the southern hemisphere.
Stunning café vista and gift shop
The Castle’s terrace café features a delicious selection of homemade cakes, perfect for afternoon tea. You can take home stunning jewellery, crystals and books and more!
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.