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HOLIDAY: What to do on a Family Getaway to Byron

BYRON BAY AND FAMILIES GO HAND IN HAND WHEN IT COMES TO A HOLIDAY FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.

It’s where Dimity, her husband Mike, and two perfectly adorable daughters, Zaeli and Ochre, chose to go to immerse themselves in our nature’s wonderland, and Bower Cottage was home during their stay. Dimity’s a foodie, a shopper who shares our love of brands such as Spell, Cultiver and Tigmi Trading, a collector of family experiences, an outdoors girl, and a creative who uses nature as her inspiration.  It’s little wonder Byron was the destination for her family holiday.

Her passion for nature and eschewing the mass-manufactured amusements of our modern society, often sees her out and about with Zae and Oki, wandering through the bushland and along the beach near her Sydney home.  They’re on the hunt for stuff to use as inspiration for crafty activities – painting on paperbark, making paint colours from ground up rocks, collecting feathers, pretty rocks, sticks, drying wild flowers….  It’s like winding the clock back to gentler, kinder days when connecting with nature and using your imagination to make stuff with your hands was really a thing.

Byron proved a treasure trove for special bits and pieces for the girls to collect and was abundant with experiences of all kinds to stash in the family’s memory bank.

Here’s how Dimity and her family filled their time in Byron, what they loved most and some great tips on crafting the perfect family getaway.


 

BANGALOW

  • It really is the cutest old town - every corner, every house facade, every garden/driveway....so cute!
  • Go to Zakay Glass Gallery where you can watch glass artist working in their studio
  • The Flower Bar Bangalow  - a gorgeous florist with beautiful dried and fresh flower installations
  • new wooden playground under trees – perfect for kids
  • Cafe Woods great food and kids roam free
  • Visit the Country Women’s Association handicraft meeting room where you can watch the lovely ladies knitting the cute things for sale (PS they love a chat!)
  • great shops like Bisque and Rowie - but please note (and we found out by experience!) a lot are closed on a Monday. Bisque was my fave -such a stunning shop of clothes and homewares

BYRON'S MAIN TOWN

  • Fletcher Street is the best for shopping. some fave stores (just to name a few) Hope and May, Auguste, Mar-Kett, Island Luxe, Rowie, Arnhem, Spell (right near The Bower), Ahoy Trader.... I could go on and on! 
  • Bay Lane has great restaurants; Il Buck Cafe for pizza was a fave
  • Miss Margarita for fresh, fab Mexican food
  • Combii for pancakes
  • Beach Hotel - great place to catch up with new and old friends (be careful of the 'bin birds' who will swoop your food / and Oki's face!)
  • Farmer’s Markets 7-11am Thursday -  for live music, fantastic breakfast (The Nomadic Kitchen), kids can climb the big fig tree
  • Bay Leaf Café - yummy food and the best chai ever (I have been ordering my chai from them to get sent home – Sydney - for years)
  • Top Shop Café – yummy food and totally kid friendly
  • Lighthouse walk and the other walk starting at Broken Head
  • The Byron General Store (right next to The Bower) – we got our coffee/chai here every morning. Particularly great if the kids fall asleep in the room you can get takeaway and eat it by the pool. The avo/alfalfa stack and Peanut Choice Smoothie were my faves!

*hire a car if you have kids as the best exploring is out of town. Driving through the hills (Talofa/Skinners Shoot) is so beautiful. The landscape of the lush hills, farming paddocks and beach. This is my dream home location!

 

BEST BEACHES

  • Wategos
  • Suffolk Park
  • Broken Heads
  • Tallows
  • The Pass
  • Brunswick Heads- we didn't make it here but apparently it’s amazing to hire a canoe and explore the waterways, and there is a magical fairy trail to walk – perfect for my girls

THE FARM

  • so good for kids – both educational and fun. They can roam around exploring the gardens, seeing the animals and the farm itself. They can learn how the veggies are grown and if you want to, you can have a guided tour where kids learn all about The Farm, sustainability, food and animals
  • Oki loved the chickens roaming around the cafe - it kept her entertained while we ate breakfast
  • Zae loved watching the funny pigs roll in the mud
  • Our brekky of choice? The chia pudding with turmeric granola

CRYSTAL CASTLE

  • home of the largest crystals in the world
  • kids table in the playground made entirely of rose quartz
  • Zae loved having the map and navigating for us around the grounds
  • the most incredible gardens/flowers I've ever seen
  • set in the lush tropical hinterland
  • labyrinth maze - walk of spiritual reflection. walking all the twists allows you to quiet your mind and shed thoughts and distractions
  • wishing & gratitude tree - take a tag and write a wish on one side and a gratitude on the other and hang on the lemon tree...so lovely to read all the profound messages hanging there and then add our own
  • take your shoes off and enjoy the reflexology rock walk around the large crystal
  • Zae loved turning all the large tibetan prayer bells – it was a really interactive, immersive experience for both adults and kids
  • huge bamboo forest - carve your names with a rock on the bamboo trunks – a little piece of forever in the Byron hinterland

TEA TREE LAKES

  • go to Tallows Beach and follow the water inlet to find the hidden creek with water coloured (like a cup of tea) by the tea trees
  • tree swing hanging to swing into lake
  • nice and shallow around the edges so Oki could crawl around the water
  • don't wear white as it will stain your clothes!
  • the tea tree water rejuvenates and heals you

 

MINYON FALLS

  • amazing 100m waterfall
  • definitely worth the windy drive to see the impressive view (the roads are windy and bumpy – watch out for car sick kids!)
  • this waterfall is not to go swimming in, rather it’s an impressive sight to see from the top.
  • if you don't have kids and want to hike the 4km to the top you can go down the bottom

 

KILLEN FALLS

  • this was my favourite sight. A beautiful waterfall hidden down a bush track.
  • the water is so clear and warm and amazing for a swim under the waterfall (we all went in)
  • the lake is full of turtles - such an experience to swim under a waterfall with turtles 
  • Tip: take Aerogard as there are lots of bugs