Making the most of Byron Bay

Byron Bay Family Activities

Planning a family getaway? Byron Bay is a playground for kids and adults alike, with its stunning beaches, interactive wildlife encounters, and endless outdoor adventures. It’s the perfect spot to create lasting family memories.

1: Go For A Dip At Byron Bay's Main Beach

Just across the road from Beach Suites, Byron Bay’s Main Beach offers the perfect start to your holiday. Imagine stepping out your door and onto the soft sands of one of Australia’s most stunning beaches—ideal for families to relax and play. Patrolled daily by lifeguards and equipped with playgrounds, BBQs, and picnic areas, it’s a spot where you can comfortably spend the entire day soaking up the coastal vibes. Plus, enjoying this beautiful beach comes at no cost—a perfect, budget-friendly addition to your vacation.

2: Ultimate Family Fun at Circus Arts

Whether it’s a rainy day or you just want to give the kids a thrilling experience, Circus Arts provides a unique adventure. Only 7 minutes from Beach Suites, it offers everything from a flying trapeze and Olympic-sized trampoline to indoor climbing and a tight wire. With sessions for all ages starting at $18, it’s an affordable way to keep the entire family entertained. Plus, while the kids are having a blast, parents can relax at the on-site café, enjoying a healthy snack or a refreshing drink.

Kid enjoying climbing at Circus Arts Byron Bay
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Staff member holding lizard teaching children at Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
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3: Explore the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

A quick twenty-minute drive from Byron Bay leads you to the Byron Wildlife Sanctuary, a must-visit for families. It’s truly not just a sanctuary; it’s a full-blown adventure with a mini-golf course, water park, and a play area that keeps the kids engaged and learning. Enjoy educational wildlife experiences, relax at the onsite café, or participate in a movie night that helps fund conservation projects.

Hot Air Balloon aloft in Byron Bay

4: Sky-High Adventure at Balloon Aloft

Looking for a truly unique experience in Byron? Embark on an unforgettable family adventure with Balloon Aloft, where you can greet the day high above Byron Bay. Launching at sunrise from The Farm, each flight glides over landscapes with a panoramic view of the ocean at dawn, piloted by seasoned experts ensuring safety and an enchanting ride. Suitable for children over 120 cm tall, the experience concludes with a delightful inclusive breakfast at Three Blue Ducks. Adult tickets start from $319 and children’s at $245.

5: Surf's Up in Byron Bay

There is simply no more of a quintessential Byron Bay experience than learning to surf at The Pass, a favourite spot among families and beginners. The unique bay geometry creates small, well-formed waves almost daily, perfect for those just starting out. Just a 60 metre walk from Beach Suites, Let’s Go Surfing offers comprehensive surf lessons tailored for all skill levels, from newcomers to more seasoned surfers seeking to refine their skills. Their beginner sessions last two hours, ensuring ample time to catch your first waves under the guidance of expert instructors.

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Byron Bay Solar Train

6: Hop on Byron's Solar Express

Take a charming ride on Byron Bay’s pioneering solar-powered train, open every single day of the year but Christmas. This nostalgic 10-minute journey from Byron Beach to North Beach station winds through lush rainforests and delicate wetlands, offering a glance at the picturesque Belongil Creek. The train, featuring two meticulously restored 1949 carriages, provides plush seating and a chance for kids to chat with the driver about this eco-friendly marvel. With affordable fares—$5 for a single adult ride and $3 for kids—it’s a family-friendly adventure. Upgrade to the “Ride in Style” package for a return ticket, delicious lunch, and a drink at The Sun Bistro, all for just $30.

7: Enchanted Explorations at Crystal Castle

A brief 24 minute drive from Beach Suites, Crystal Castle is a magical destination for families. Wander through the mystical Shambhala Gardens, make a wish in the labyrinth, or join the calming Daily Peace Experience. Marvel at the world’s tallest crystals and an ancient amethyst cave. Kids will love the face painting on weekends and school holidays, and everyone can enjoy tasty treats at the Lotus Café.

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8: Paddle with the Dolphins

Discover Byron Bay from the water on a Dolphin Sea Kayak tour, an exciting three-hour adventure perfect for families any time of the year. Go Sea Kayak takes you through the waters where dolphins frequently play, providing all necessary safety gear, wetsuits, and even pick-up from your accommodation. The tours operate daily, ensuring you don’t miss out on the fun regardless of the season. With prices starting at just $89 and a sighting guarantee that offers a free return trip if you don’t spot a dolphin, turtle, or whale, it’s an unbeatable way to connect with nature and create unforgettable family memories.

Byron Bay Community Market on a sunny day
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9: Byron Bay Community Markets

Every first Sunday, the Byron Bay Community Markets transform the main beach foreshore into a vibrant hub of local culture and whimsy. Here, families can explore stalls brimming with authentic handmade goods—from jewellery and homewares to fresh produce—while enjoying live music and delicious foods. It’s the perfect spot to find a unique Byron Bay souvenir and experience the community’s lively spirit.

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10: Fun on the Farm

Just an 11 minute drive from Beach Suites, The Farm in Ewingsdale is a real working farm offering a delightful array of family-friendly activities. Kids can engage in a Mini Farmers workshop, learn about plant life in the Kids Farm Garden, or explore the sustainable grounds on an Educational Horseback Tour for $89. Refuel at Three Blue Ducks or pick up a picnic hamper loaded with local treats for a meal among the pastures. For a sweet finish, Baylato offers gelato and creamy milkshakes.

11: Palace Cinemas Experience

This upscale cinema showcases a diverse mix of blockbusters, international films, and arthouse treasures, complete with film festival highlights. It’s not just about the movies; it’s about comfort too, with a fully licensed bar, so parents can enjoy a wine or cocktail as the whole family takes in a film. This luxurious setting makes movie nights unforgettable, blending entertainment with a touch of indulgence.

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12: Apex Park Adventures

Right in front of Main Beach and next to Beach Suites, Apex Park’s beachfront playground lets children enjoy ocean-facing swings and slides. Families can relax at picnic tables with views from Mount Warning to the lighthouse or follow the scooter-friendly path to Clarkes Beach. This free, scenic spot blends playtime with breathtaking views, offering a perfect family outing.

Byron Bay iconic tourist attraction the Cape Lightouse

13: Explore the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk

When you’re visiting Byron Bay, the Cape Byron Lighthouse walk is an adventure you can’t miss. Starting at The Pass car park, this family-friendly five-kilometre return trail takes you past scenic spots like Fisherman’s Lookout and Wategos Beach, leading up to the historic lighthouse. The path has its share of steps and some steep sections, but the effort is well worth it. At Australia’s most easterly point, you’ll enjoy breath-taking views that make perfect backdrops for your family picnic and photo ops.

14: Whale Watching Adventures

Every year between May and November, thousands of humpback whales migrate past Byron Bay, offering spectacular whale watching opportunities. Bring the kids to the Cape Byron Lighthouse or venture a short 20 minutes south to Lennox Head, where Rocky Point and the Pat Morton Lookout provide exceptional vantage points.

Whale Leaping Near Byron Bay

15: Sweet Treats at Byron Bay Chocolate Co

A visit to Byron Bay Chocolate Co. is a must for families with a sweet tooth. This cherished local business, running for over 30 years, offers a delightful experience with its handmade chocolates. From chocolate-coated strawberries to macadamias and ginger, there’s a treat to satisfy everyone’s cravings, all crafted right here in their boutique factory.

16: Brunswick's Magical Fairy Trail

Just 20 minutes from town lies the enchanting Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail, where magic meets nature. Created by a local ‘fairy godmother,’ this trail is a delightful scavenger hunt through hidden fairy homes, each uniquely crafted from recycled treasures. Grab a clue sheet from the visitor centre and let the whimsical journey, filled with positive messages and fairy-sized surprises, captivate your family’s imagination. This charming adventure is completely free and perfect for little explorers.

For the ultimate Byron Bay experience, choose Beach Suites—where luxury meets convenience right on the beachfront. Perfect for families and pet lovers, our suites offer a variety of amenities from private pools to garden patios fitted out with BBQs. Make your Byron Bay trip memorable with Beach Suites.