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Things to do in Byron Bay with Kids

Byron Bay on the northern NSW coast is a perfect holiday destination for families with kids of all ages. With so many activities to choose from you’ll find our comprehensive guide a smart resource to help you plan your activities and things to do with kids in Byron Bay, ranging from free activities, relaxation, tours and places to go, to exciting adventures.

Top Places To Go in Byron Bay with Kids

What to do… what to do in Byron Bay with kids??? As well as the rock solid list of things to do in Byron Bay we’ve also got a great article with 20 things to do on the DRIVE from Gold Coast to Byron Bay – road trip anyone! Click here.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Australia’s most easterly lighthouse sits within the Cape Byron State Conservation Area and no trip to Byron Bay is complete without a visit. From here you can take the steep walking track, a 3.7km loop, which takes in spectacular views, beaches and rainforest. Look out for migrating whales from May to October, while all year round you’re likely to see dolphins, wallabies, goannas, and brush turkeys – and you may even catch a glimpse of a solitary old brown goat who’s evaded capture for years.

Lighthouse tours are available for a gold coin donation and there’s also small museum and café on site. If your children are early risers it’s well worth coming back to watch the sun rise over the ocean, and the sunsets are just as spectacular.

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly Macadamia Castle)

A wonderful tourist attraction that will easily fill 3-4 hours or longer! This Byron Bay attraction is perfect for toddlers to older kids. Feed and hold the baby farm animals, watch the reptile and bird shows, climb the adventure playground, play a round of mini-golf, ride the miniature train, and then fill up in the delightful café. A firm favourite with my family with toddlers to a 16 year old!

Crystal Castle

20 minutes from Byron Bay in the hinterland discover a world of relaxation, with peaceful gardens, statues, magical crystals and a labyrinth. There is tonnes to do for kids, and the lunch is so, soon yum.

The Farm, Byron Bay

A real working farm that offers a great educational experience for kids. Learn about how food grows and how animals are farmed, watch the tractors in action, play on the playground, and shop for fresh produce in the farm store. Entry is free and the farm is open daily. Read our review HERE.

Thursday Plantation

25 minutes south of Byron Bay is a working Tea Tree Plantation and factory. Kids can wander the tea tree maze, woodland walks, and sculpture garden and learn a little about the history and uses of tea tree before enjoying a milkshake in the Verandah Café.

Top Activities for Kids in Byron Bay

If you are looking for activities for kids in Byron Bay we’ve got the list nailed down for you right  here!

Circus Arts

There’s something for kids of all ages, from baby to teenager and young-at-heart mums and dads, at Circus Arts. Learn circus skills, climb the rockwall, and enjoy the indoor playground and café.

Classic Aero Adventure Flights

Take to the skies and enjoy a breath-taking experience as you view the coast from above in a CA-25 Winjeel. Adventure flights can accommodate up to three passengers at a time.

Seahorses Byron Bay

Go horseback riding along the beach or take a trek through the forest; suitable for novice riders through to expert.

Go Sea Kayaking

Take a kayak tour through the Cape Byron Marine Park to watch the dolphins and turtles play. Tours include all equipment hire, a lesson, and snacks and drinks and are suitable for children from five years old.

Mountain Bike Tours

Great for older kids and parent of all fitness levels. Discover the hidden Byron Bay with a range of mountain bike tours to choose from, all equipment and snacks usually included.

Seasonal Festivals in Byron Bay for kids

There are lots of seasonal festivals held in Byron Bay and almost all have something for kids to do. 

School Holiday Activities

If you’re visiting Byron Bay during NSW school holidays you might want to have a go at finding your way to the centre of the tall hedge maze, or feeding the alpacas, at Amaze’n’Place in the Byron Bay hinterland (not open term time), and wildlife lovers might be interested in a school holiday tour of the Australian Seabird Rescue Centre at Ballina where they can learn about rescue and rehabilitation of seabirds and turtles with hands-on experience!

Other Things To Do in Byron Bay with kids

There’s so much more to see and do in Byron Bay. You can cruise the Brunswick River, learn to surf or dive, browse the many markets and farmers markets, or spend a day at one of the beaches body-boarding, rock-pooling, building sandcastles and relaxing. In the late afternoon the beaches are often the place for an impromptu drumming circle, or Google “Fire Dancers Byron Bay” to see where the latest thrilling fire dance performance will be.

There’s always something happening in Byron Bay, so whether you’re local or just visiting there’s definitely no reason to be bored.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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