Top 10 Byron Bay Family Holiday Attractions for mums and dads with infants up to teenagers.
While not any longer the little hippie town it once was a casual, relaxed, alternate culture remains in one of Australia's favorite beach-side getaways. In fact it seems a little ironic now walking the streets of this tourist surf town that it had early beginnings as a whaling station.
While the main attraction for families, and the casual alternate culture, there are a few other attractions that help form the Byron Bay area in to a fully rounded family vacation destination.
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Plan around not to go at Easter and perhaps not at Christmas. Over Easter the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival attracts thousands of campers which will crowd you out. You likely won't find accommodation in any case. Christmas is possible but the crowds will likely remove the all but a trace of the essence of Byron's laid back attractiveness.
There are over 50 vacation rental properties in Byron Bay that are family friendly, and are handy to beaches or other family activities. This is a great option if you are looking for a little space for your getaway. To view the best of these simply choose the families option.
You will get the best of the calm patrolled beaches Main Beach right down in front of all the alternate shops and cafes in the center of Byron. This is as good as any place to take the kids although you will find yourself surrounded by a few too many kids and travelers at Christmas time. Children can also play in the tidal pools at Clarkes Beach a little to the south of Main Beach or further yet to the Pass, which is protected from the northerlies. If the beaches in town become a little chaotic head to the beaches out of town to the outer beaches or to the rock pools at Broken Head beach a short drive south.
There are plenty of great beaches surrounding they Byron Lighthouse - See the video below.
Unless you are looking to get intimately antiquated with the road into Byron Bay - stuck in traffic. You will need to plan your holiday away from a number of key music festivals. Also some peak holiday periods tend to make Byron a bit too much hard work as the town becomes a victim of its own popularity.
The Lighthouse Walk should make it to the top of almost any Byron family holiday plan.
Byron offers something a little different for families. If you take notice, you can observe the holiday makers are even a little more relaxed and alternative. Those beside you have made the decision to vacation here instead of the Gold Coast which is only an hour up the coast after all. The two locations off stark differences and many Brisbane folk will also completely bip as the much bigger and attraction laden Gold Coast into the spiritually renowned vibe of Byron, which seems to hold an indefinable attraction.
Macadamia Castle is a short worthwhile stop for a break on your way to other destinations. The Animal Park claims to have hundreds of native animals, while there is free access to a, Café, Nut Bar. In reality what makes this place worthwhile are the pancakes and for young children the opportunity to see the parrots.
As there are lots of great beach and luxury resorts with beautiful spas in Byron Bay it is easy to think there Byron is a child free zone. This is not the case. You can find great deals at TripAdvisor for family friendly Byron Bay resorts and accommodation where you can read the actual reviews by families that have stayed and shared their experiences. We recommend you click the family link and read the reviews before booking.
Personally with a toddler we like to Stay at the Big 4 at Hastings Point to the north of Byron and make trips down if we are in the mood to see attractions in Byron Bay. Otherwise we enjoy the resort and the natural surrounds.
There are at least two or three magnificent beaches for families there like the one above, as well as outstanding splash pools and indoor and outdoor playground.
You don't need to follow the teachings of the Gyoto Monks of Tibet to visit http://www.crystalcastle.com.au/
Young kids and mums and dads alike will enjoy exploring the labyrinth and exotic gardens designed to stimulate and soothe the senses.
Open daily from 10am to 5am.
You don't need to take a tour like this to enjoy seeing the whales. Following the whales down the cost is almost as big an adventure you can do yourself. All you nee do is get familiar with the whale migration season and recent sightings.
Byron Bay with it's backdrop of high densely vegetated mountains and spectacular waterfronts lends itself to ballooning.
About 30 km south of Casino is a unique experience. At Aranyani Adventure Tourist Park families can enjoy aspects of native american life including a working ranch with tipis and enjoy camping with the bison.
Contact the ranch on (02) 6661 7866
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