A Guide To Travel Byron Bay With Family
Byron Bay is a picturesque haven, full of green hinterlands, many national parks and reserves and plenty of clear blue beaches. It’s a sleepy little coastal hamlet, surrounding by quaint yet bustling little towns and villages, filled with a sense of community. There’s much to do, see and enjoy here for a family – read on to know more.
Enjoy Byron Bay’s Beaches
Take your family to enjoy Byron Bay’s many family and dog-friendly beaches. Here are the best options:
- Tallow Beach: 7 kilometers of dog-friendly, unpatrolled waters, ideal for surfing or swimming. There’s the picturesque Broken Head on one end and a historical lighthouse on the other.
- Cozy Corner: Watch hang-gliders launch overhead from this tucked-in sheltered beach.
- Little Wategos Beach: Quiet and secluded, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. It has a walking track and the Byron Bay Lighthouse for exploring.
- Wategos Beach: Ideal long-board surfing spot, picturesque and unpatrolled with free electric BBQs set in a pretty picnic spot.
- Clarks Beach: An all-year round swimming destination for families, but patrolled only during summer. Kids can learn to surf on this beach.
- Brunswick Heads: Has a small beach, sheltered and safe near the mouth of the Brunswick River, ideal for small children.
- Seven Mile Beach: Listed among the top 10 surfing beaches of the country. The ‘boat channel’ area is peaceful and safe for kids to swim in.
Explore The Many National Parks
Take your kids to visit some of Byron Bay’s many national parks to study the plants, animals and the unique environment.
- Mount Warning National Park (Wollumbin): This park is what remains of a great volcano. This place has great significance to the local aboriginal tribes. Lead your family on the 200 meter Lyrebird Track at the base.
- Arakwal National Park: Take your family on a tour of the Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy the secluded beach here.
- Cape Byron State Conservation Area: Explore the rugged headland, subtropical waters and sheltered rainforest gullies. Enjoy panoramic views of the north coast hinterland and the ocean from the cliff-top walking track.
- Broken Head Nature Reserve: Go exploring through the steep rainforest-clad slopes, picturesque headlands and the secluded beaches in this reserve. Observe and delight in the many sea birds and rainforest birds you’ll see here.
- Nightcap National Park: Enjoy bathing under the awesome Minyon Falls, and the world famous Protestors Falls. Explore Mt Nardi and attempt a couple of walking tracks. Drive through the Whian Whian Scenic Drive and enjoy the watching rainforests, Blackbutt plantations and towering flooded gums.
Other Fun Adrenaline Activities
- Go Ocean Kayaking With The Dolphins: Take your family on a kayaking trip among dolphins, whales and turtles across the bay.
- Join Activity Tours: There are snorkeling tours and dive trips that you can take to various places. Explore the colors of the Byron Bay Marine Park’s waters and do some diving as well.
- Learn Surfing: Byron Bay is the best place to teach your kids how to surf. You can join a surfing class or teach them yourself.
- Balloon Over Byron Bay: Take a hot air balloon tour and explore the vivid blue coastline and green hinterlands from the air.
- Ride horses on the beach: You’ll enjoy riding horses with your family across the lovely Seven Mile Beach, passing through the hinterland landscape.
- Go Whale Watching: Watch the great Humpback Whales as they migrate north on a whale-watching tour. Listen to Australia’s top whale researches explain everything you wanted to know about whales.
- Take Night Vision Walks: The best way to view koalas, bats, possums and wallabies in their natural habitat is at night.