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Family Holiday Guide to Byron Bay

Summer is here! The kids have finished school for the year and you’re ready for some holiday fun. Byron Bay is blessed with everything you could look for in a family holiday destination and we’re opening up our little book of best kept secrets so that you and your family can plan the ultimate fuss-free, fun-packed and affordable getaway!

Where to Stay?

Like any coastal holiday town Byron Bay is packed with choices for accommodation to suit any style and budget. BUT when you’re on holidays with kids there are a few essentials that not only make life easier, they ensure you don’t miss out on the real reason you’ve travelled here – to relax and have fun.

Self-contained accommodation and camping are always a great choice giving you flexibility and the option of preparing some meals yourself. You could opt for one of the holiday parks right in the thick of things, which have all the usual amenities and close proximity to the main beaches. But our advice is to check out some of the lesser known but truly idyllic little holiday parks just outside the main township, including Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park, Broken Head Holiday Park and Beaches of Byron. All these holiday parks front onto the beach and offer a range of accommodation options from traditional camping or powered camp sites, self-contained cabins and safari style tents.

Byron Bay also has loads of holiday houses for rent, with all the creature comforts of home. Try Air Bn’B for some amazing listings of houses and apartments in and around town and also in the Byron hinterland.


Hit the Best of the Beaches

Wategos – Idyllic views, protected swimming, waves for the surfers and some of the cleanest and best free beachside BBQ facilities you’ll find anywhere, give Wategos Beach the status of being the most family-friendly beach in Byron Bay. There’s a reason celebrities like Chris Hemsworth have chosen to spend millions just to call this place home. This beach is truly heaven on earth.

Cosy Corner – As the name suggests this protected little pocket is a refuge from the bustle of the main beaches and is situated on the south side of the Byron Lighthouse leading onto Tallow Beach. A local’s favourite, you can look down along the coast and watch the hang gliders breeze overhead. Bliss!

Broken Head Beach – Just a short drive (or bike ride) south of Byron Bay you’ll find Broken Head, one of the most magical beaches you’ll ever visit. Lush rainforest meets the sand here, with a large nature reserve on the headland that has a great walking track for exploring.


Home of Adventure

You’ll be surprised how much you can pack into a Byron Bay holiday and still go home feeling relaxed and refreshed. Get your body feeling great and clear your mind by connecting with nature, while at the same time creating life-long memories for you and your family. Earth, sea and sky, Byron Bay will take all your senses on a journey and ignite your spirit of adventure.

Byron Bay itself and the surrounding hinterland are home to Marine Reserves, National Parks and World Heritage areas. As long time locals and conservationists at heart, we have the pure joy of taking people from around the globe to these treasures and we make it all available and easy for families. With our current special of 10% OFF for groups of 4 or more, Byron Bay Adventure Tours are not only affordable, but also hassle-free. Our tours are all inclusive, including transport, lunches, equipment, camping gear, entry to National Parks and more.

Our top tours for families include:

Earth to Surf – Suitable for the whole family, be swept away in the beauty of the Byron hinterland including the famous Minyon Falls. After a BBQ lunch, we return to Byron Bay for an afternoon of sea kayaking. Watch the kids’ faces light up as they get close up to dolphins, turtles and hearing the dreamtime stories of the local indigenous people. Action, nature and culture in a one day super tour.


Byron & Beyond – On this tour no one gets forgotten! Be taken to the magical Crystal Castle and explore the Shambala Gardens and amazing crystals before moving on to a tour of a working pecan plantation and a scrumptious hinterland lunch at the Eltham Valley Pantry. Everyone will delight in a stop off at Bangalow, with its quirky shops, cafes and galleries. Very relaxing and loads of fun!

Crystal Castle

Mt Warning Day Walk – This is an unforgettable and often life changing tour. After a morning climb, be rewarded with amazing views over the Byron hinterland, to the Byron Lighthouse and to the skyline of Surfers Paradise. This experience has a special way of making people feel they can achieve anything and is a beautiful bonding moment for families.

the final climb on Mt Warning

This is just the tip of the iceberg for things to do with kids in Byron Bay. The most important thing is that you have fun together, and if we can be part of your adventure then we can guarantee you’ll have an amazing time – it’s our speciality. See you soon travellers…

Byron Bay Travel Adventures

Fast Travel vs. Slow Travel in Byron Bay

Visit Byron Bay for a day, a week or longer and it will touch your life forever. There’s a magic in this place that seems to reach out and grab onto us all; regardless of age, lifestyle, income or the time of year you visit. As long time locals (and top notch guides!) we’ve spent time with thousands of travellers and this experience has taught us a thing or two about the way people like to experience Byron Bay. We’ve noticed two distinct camps – people who like to travel at lightning speed and others who prefer to take it slow, soaking up as much as they can. So which travel style is for? There’s a backpack full of benefits to both sides, so let’s take a look:


The main advantage of fast travel is the number of experiences you can fit into a short amount of time. If you plan your trip carefully, you can explore Byron Bay and beyond all in a day and tick a lot off your to-do list before you head home. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse, tick. Explore a hinterland village, tick. Experience adrenalin action, tick. Get in touch with nature, tick. Enjoy a delicious local meal, tick.

Best Byron Tours:

If you’re the type of person who thrives on non-stop fun or you’re only in Byron Bay for a few days, these Byron Bay Adventure Tours are for you:

  • Half Day Out Byron Bay Tour – Hit all the big icons of Byron Bay, in half a day!
  • Byron Bay 360 Tour – Get the total package including the best of Byron Bay, from the air and by foot!
  • Big Day Out Hinterland Tour - All the rainforest, waterfalls and wildlife you can handle in one day!
  • Earth to Surf Tour – Coast or country? Why stop at one! Bush walking to Minyon Falls followed by an afternoon kayaking with dolphins in Byron Bay.
  • Bike n’ Hike Tour – Can’t decide between rainforest, waterfalls, climbing Mt Warning or mountain biking? Well don’t! Do it ALL!


A more relaxed and laid-back itinerary is what attracts many people to slow travel. Taking the time to get to know a place, the locals and sampling the best the region has to offer. Slow travel is conducive to lounging about, setting a leisurely pace and making the most of your holiday.

Best Byron Tours:

If you dislike being rushed or zipping from one place to another, then slow travel and these Byron Bay Adventure Tours are for you:

  • Byron & Beyond Tour – Unwind and take in the best of the bay, the magic of Crystal Castle and slow-cooked local food at the Eltham Valley Pantry.
  • The Overnight Escape Tour – Take time to acquaint yourself with the joys of the Byron hinterland, its rainforest and local communities including Nimbin’s feel good vibes. Sleep under the stars and stroll around the local markets before spending an afternoon lazing on the beach.
  • Ocean to Summit Tour – Spread over two days, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy climbing to the highest point in the region and kayaking to the most easterly.
  • Mt Warning Sunrise Walk Tour – Soak up your peaceful forest campsite, take a splash in a rock pool, roast marshmallows around a campfire and bask in the first sunrays to hit mainland Australia at sunrise from the peak of Mt Warning.

The choices of what to do and see in Byron Bay are sometimes overwhelming and regardless of your preference, be it travelling fast or travelling slow, it’s a relief to sit back, enjoy and have your adventure perfectly planned for you. Happy travels.

Hand-Picked Byron Bay Camping Recipes

There are a few things that can take a camping holiday from good to great – the perfect combination of family and friends, a relaxed atmosphere, lots to do and see and of course delicious food that’s easy to prepare. When it comes to camping, there are many foods that are easy to reach for, but won’t provide you with the nutrition and fuel to enjoy your day; be it hiking, bush walking, mountain biking or swimming. With this in mind we’ve decided to share some of our favourite healthy and EASY camping recipes.

If, however, you decide to book one of our overnight camping tours, including our Mt Warning Sunrise Adventure Tour, Overnight Escape Tour, Bike ‘n Hike Adventure Tour or the Ocean to Summit Adventure Tour, we’ll take care of all your food and snacks leaving you to simply enjoy the experience!

Brekkie Omelette to Go Go…

Love a cooked breakfast but love a sleep in too? This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and having ready to go in your eski. Excellent for large families or groups, this recipe can easily be personalised to suit everyone’s tastes and the best part is there will be very little washing up!

You’ll need:

  • Zip-lock freezer bags (note they must be FREEZER bags so they won’t melt)
  • 2 eggs per person
  • Assorted fillings e.g. capsicum, cherry tomatoes, shallots, ham, chorizo, shredded BBQ chicken etc.
  • A handful of grated cheese
  • Salt, pepper and herbs to taste

How to:

  1. Crack your 2 eggs into the bag, add your fillings and write each person’s name on the front of the bag. Zip-lock the bag and shake.
  2. Boil a pot of water on a camp fire or BBQ and place 1 or more bags into the boiling water for 13-15 minutes until cooked through.
  3. Serve as is or with salad and bread.

One Pan Fresh Seafood Paella

Believe it or not, paella is a super easy dish to make when you’re away camping and can easily be modified to include whatever fresh local produce you can collect. A drive to nearby Brunswick Heads for some fresh seafood or a stop off at the Byron Bay Farmers’ Markets will have you coming back loaded with some amazing local ingredients to add to this basic recipe base. Think fresh prawns and white fish, organic Byron Bay Farm Garlic and fresh seasonal vegies. Packing your dry ingredients (rice, spices and stock powder) won’t take up a lot of space in your kit and if you’re planning to stay for a few weeks, will not go bad in this time.

You’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • 2 brown onions sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • Generous amount of Paprika – sweet or smoked
  • Stock powder – to make 3 ½ cups of stock
  • Fresh or dried chilli to taste
  • 2 cups of rice, preferably Arborio
  • 1 cup of chopped vegies e.g. peas, asparagus, beans, carrots, capsicum etc.
  • White Wine (optional) ½ cup
  • Lemons for squeezing over at the end
  • Plus your fresh feature ingredients. You could use prawns, firm white fish, mussels, chicken, chorizo, tofu

How to:

  1. Heat the pan, add the oil and sauté onions and garlic (also add chilli if using).
  2. Add your vegies, fry until soft (approx. 5 mins on med heat).
  3. Add chicken or tofu or chorizo and spices.
  4. After a few minutes, add your prawns or fish if you are using.
  5. Add the rice, white wine and stock and let cook for approx. ½ hour stirring every few minutes to stop the rice sticking.
  6. Cook until the rice has absorbed all the stock and is no longer hard (add a little more water sparingly if needed) and until the rice begins to get a sticky sheen.
  7. Serve in a bowl or share together straight from the pan!

Mason Jar Refreshments

Relaxing camp-side or beachside with a cold drink over a few laughs is the essence of a holiday. Here are a few combinations that you can make ahead of time in mason jars. When ready to drink, simply add a little ice to chill them off and voila! We’ve included versions for the kids and the adults using fresh fruit you can bring from home or pick up roadside on your travels.

Beachside Berry Blista: For everyone

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • Fresh strawberries and raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Slices of lemon

Lime Prime Time: For everyone

  • Juice of 4 limes and 2 limes sliced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 diced green apple

Easy Summer Sangria: For the grown ups

  • ½ cup of red or white wine
  • 3 tablespoons of your favourite white spirit
  • Slices of orange and lime and 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 diced peach
  • Top up with sparkling mineral water to serve

Individual Almond Butter and Chocolate Brownie Orange Pots

Chocolate and orange are a match made in heaven and this no mess, no fuss and totally mouth-watering recipe has to top the lot for simplicity, flavour and fun all rolled into one. To save time, mix up all the dry ingredients (cacao powder, sea salt, baking powder) and store in a zip-locked bag or mason jar.

You’ll need:

  • 1 orange per person with the top cut off and hollowed out
  • 2 cups of almond butter
  • 1 ¼ cups honey
  • ½ cup cacao power
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup choc chips or chunks

How to:

  1. Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl and spoon into the individual orange pots.
  2. Add the orange lid and wrap in foil putting onto the BBQ or straight into the campfire.
  3. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until brownies are risen and cooked but still gooey.

Whether you’re staying in a hotel, Holiday Park or camp ground while visiting Byron Bay, we have an overnight camping tour suited to you. Using your current accommodation as your ‘home base’, we’ll take care of all your overnight tour camping needs including tents, sleeping bags, snacks and food. Leaving you to enjoy our many adventure tour experiences including hiking at dawn to watch the sunrise over the most easterly point in Australia, kayaking with dolphins, rainforest mountain biking, swimming at the bottom of ancient waterfalls, bush walking through national parks and much more!

Top 5 Camping Tips from the Adventure Experts

Camping – it goes hand in hand with the word adventure. To some it means a truck load of fancy modern gizmos to bring the luxuries of home to the great outdoors, and to others it’s greeting the challenge of person vs. wild with gritted teeth and a handful of berries. We think the perfect camping trip lies somewhere in-between. So as regular and proficient campers who take hundreds of people out every year to enjoy the magic of a night in nature, we thought who better to give you a few handy tips and tricks to make your camping easier and more enjoyable. Of course you could always tag along on one our overnight tours and get to see Byron Bay, Mt Warning and its beautiful rainforested hinterland. Either way…lets go camping!

Camping Top Tip 5 – Choosing Your Tent Site

If you’re unfamiliar with an area the top option is to always choose a designated camp site. Not only are you more likely to have at least some facilities but it has already been chosen by experts as a safe place to spend a night. However if you decide to “go bush” here’s our advice. Choose a very gently sloping or flat site to camp on. DO NOT choose a dry river bed. Sometimes it’s very inviting to do so because the ground is nice and flat but heavy rain, even kilometres away, can fill the river up very quickly and can be life threatening. A clearing or a protected grove like we have for our Mt Warning base camp is ideal.

Camping Top Tip 4 – Fire Starter

A camping trip without a campfire is like well… not really anywhere near as good as camping with a campfire. So rain, hail or shine be assured of getting your fire started, even with wet kindling by using an empty egg carton. They light easy and burn for quite a time long enough to light the kindling. ½ an egg carton should be enough so you’ll get more than 1 night’s worth if you can keep it dry. The campfire is the hub of your campsite, a place to unwind at the end of the day, share stories and roast marshmallows.

Tip 1: If you’re not a fan of mosquito coils or chemical repellents, keep biting mozzies at bay by burning a sage smudge stick on the fire. Now your nights can be itch free – naturally. Which brings us to our next tip about dreaded creepy crawlies…

Tip 2: The right way to put out a campfire is to:

  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  • Pour until hissing sound stops
  • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  • Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
  • If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Camping Top Tip 3 – Keeping the Bugs Out

It may seem like plain old common sense, but the best way to keep the bugs out of the tent and get a restful night’s sleep is to keep your tent zipper closed AT ALL TIMES. Keep food and wrappers packed away after meal times to avoid attracting cheeky scavengers and it also pays to bring your shoes into the tent at night so little nasties can’t find their way in overnight. To keep your tent clean, have an empty container with a lid, a bucket or a plastic bag handy near the door to pop your shoes in. This way your shoes are dry, safe and within easy reach for those late night or early morning runs behind a tree.

Camping Top Tip 2 – Water Wise

Although we spoil our customers with running water and hot showers when we go camping, saving water can be a big issue – especially if you have had to carry in your water supply or have found yourself with limited supply. Simple tasks like washing your hands and face can use a surprising amount of water – but not if you’re smart. Another common problem is that you have to hold your water bottle in one hand to wash both of your hands. The trick here (be brave now) is to put water in your mouth and let it run into your hands. This way your mouth becomes the water tap. Need to freshen up your face too? Keep your hands close to your face and spit the water in to your hands cleaning your face at the same time. This way you can wash your hands and face with just one cup of water. You may not need this trick often but if the time comes when it is needed you will find that this will make your water go so much further than you ever thought possible.

Camping Top Tip 1 – Leave Only Footprints

Packing up your camp site and leaving it the way you found it is always one, if not THE most important things to remember when camping. Take out all rubbish and bury all food scraps. Cover your fire with dirt to ensure it is out – no one wants to be responsible for a bush fire. If every camper makes this little extra effort then the pristine places we like to escape to will remain this way. If not – then we defeat the purpose of going camping at all. Here at Byron Bay Adventure Tours we have gone through many checks and balances to be eco-tourism certified business, which means showing that we protect the environment that we go into.

Few More Handy Hints:

  • Packing up a sleeping back is easier than many people think: don’t roll it up nice and neat but stuff it into the bag as it is. This way the filling will last much longer and you get more years out of your sleeping bag.
  • If it rains and you are inside your tent, try to maintain the gap between outer shell and inner layer of your tent by not pushing your bags hard up against the inner tent layer or leaning against it. As soon as the inner layer touches the outer layer the rain will come through.

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Why a Byron Bay Team Building Event is Great for Your Business

Adding a team building event or an incentive program for your company’s employees is a really innovative way to inspire, motivate and get the best from your staff whilst making your business a happier and more successful unit. Here at Byron Bay Adventure Tours we specialise in taking ordinary people and getting them to see and do extraordinary things. With the help of our local partners we not only showcase the incredible natural beauty of our region but also take participants on a journey, helping to bring out the best in your team which often reveals some completely unexpected outcomes.


Why include Team Building in your Byron Bay Corporate Event or Conference?


There is so much to be gained from a successful, well thought out and engaging team activity and this goes well beyond helping everyone get along better. From a business point of view getting your staff engaged in a challenging campaign away from the office and out in nature, such as ourMount Warning Day Walk, Big Day Out Byron Hinterland Tour or our Earth to Surf Adventure Tour, can give you and your team a new perspective and gain valuable insights into these areas:

  • See the rise of strengths and the surfacing of weaknesses. When the going gets tough who has the fortitude and pluck to push through? Who plans well and can be resourceful and think ahead? Are there clear leaders amongst your group? How does your team relate to you and each other? Is there trust amongst your group? Who are the team players? Does someone need to work on their listening skills? You may be surprised at what you uncover. The secret however, is taking this knowledge back to the work space and making the most of what you’ve learned.
  • What motivates your crew? Healthy competition can be a great motivator. Your business can really take leaps forward when employees are presented with the right incentives for putting in the extra miles and achieving milestones. Here at Byron Bay Adventure Tours our awe-inspiring encounters and experiences could easily be offered as a rewards scheme to say thank-you to your employees’. Think kayaking with dolphins,exploring majestic waterfalls or a full day Byron Hinterland sight-seeing tour complete with delicious food.
  • Build confidence. “I made it!”, “I would never have thought I could do that!”, “We got there!!!”.The sense of achievement, both personally and as a group, that comes from mountain biking through the forest or reaching the peak of the iconic Mount Warning will build self-confidence in your team. This is priceless in business. As experts in adventure we arm your group with everything they need – so failure is not an option.


How to Make It Stand Out


For a team event to be truly successful and leave your participants amped with enthusiasm and talking about it for a long time to come, you MUST bring something special to your event. Byron Bay is the ultimate destination and the mere mention of it is bound to have your registrations filling fast. With a sub-tropical cocktail of natural encounters, adrenalin thrill-seeking and picture postcard scenery – we have all the elements for an unforgettable team event.

Where to Start?


If you’re a corporate events organiser or business owner having to think out all the small details, this can often take the fun out of an event. Here’s where the team at Byron Bay Adventure Tours really come to the fore. Having years’ of expert experience organising groups both small and large, our guides can help you through the process of choosing the right tour or activity for your group whilst offering the best value for money. It’s handy to know that we also work closely with the The Byron at Byron conference team, who offer purpose-built facilities and accommodation for conferences and business events.


Let the Adventure Begin…


Action and adventure are true partners, so let us help you add vitality, zest and fun to your event whilst at the same time improving your business in real and measurable ways. So take the plunge, try something new and book your next team building activity with Byron Bay Adventure Tours!