: : 5 Things to do with kids around Byron Bay (and something big)

My Little Sunshine Heart is kind of in ecstasy tonight, as I just found out my first children’s book is going to be published in Australia. I am so supa-dupa excited, I can’t quite articulate it… I will reveal more later, but for now, enjoying this fine feeling. And this bubbly.

popping the champagne

In the meantime, it’s school holidays, so it’s a good opportunity for a Byron 5. Better include the kids. : : 5 Things to do with kids around Byron Bay.

Main Beach Play Park

You can find us there most weekends. Us and every other kid in Byron. The kids share the headland with local musos and hungover backpackers. My daughter lost her fear of slippery slides at the Main Beach play park. And the best bit is that when you are pushing your child on the swing, you are overlooking one of the best beaches in Australia #bonus.

mainbeach play park Byron Bay

The Lighthouse

We walk up to the lighthouse from Wategos Beach with children. If your children are active, they should be fine walking the distance. Alternatively, you can drive and park at the top. There is a cafe, and you can walk into the lighthouse to look around. Between June and November you can spot whales and there are pods of dolphins most of the year round.

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Heads

If you have a car, Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head is worth the drive. It is a beautiful tea-tree lake situated next to the coast. The picnic area beside the lake is fully shaded, so you can spend the whole day there with children. Even the water is partly shaded. You have to keep careful watch of little swimmers, though, because the water is so dark it would be hard to spot them underwater.

lake ainsworth

Torakina Beach, Brunswick Heads

Torakina is another perfect beach for families. The beach is partly shaded, and the water in the bay is flat. We spent the day there today, and even my baby waded in and out of the shallow water. From the inlet, you can walk down the pier, towards the main beach, or head the opposite direction into town across the bridge. There are a couple of lovely parks beside the river.

Farmer’s Markets

We don’t miss a week without going to the farmers’ market. The Byron Bay farmers’ market is on Thursdays at the Byron Bay Butler Street reserve between 8 – 11 am. Friday is the Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market at the Mullumbimby show grounds from 7 – 11 am. Our regular is the Bangalow Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8 – 11 am behind the Bangalow Hotel. My daughter loves the pure fruit icey-poles, and the rainbow fruit flats. We usually hang around listening to music and catching up with friends. The markets are a great place to get a taste of local culture and pick up some yummies. A $25 bucket of blueberries also goes a long way.

bangalow farmers market

What’s your pick of things to do with children around the Byron Bay region? 

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  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    OMG, Zanni!!!! Congrats about the book! How freaking exciting? Yay yay yay! Make sure you keep us posted. I absolutely LOVE Byron. I haven’t been there for years though. The drive seems just a little too much with the kids. We’ll stick with the Goldie for now, but will definitely have to make it back down at some stage.

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      I know what you mean about the drive. We avoid going anywhere at the moment…it’s such a challenge!
      And thanks for your congrats xx

  • Katie (@mumabytes)

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wow, you must be absolutely buzzing! Well done, you. Make sure you keep us posted, please! As far as Byron goes, I am ridiculously jealous and going to punch my husband if he doesn’t take us there very very soon. I’ve wanted to go for such a long time, but all out overseas shenanigans have always taken over our local plans. One day, though! Have a great weekend, Zanni. Katie :-)

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks Katie! The buzz is still going…Hope you get the chance to come this way soon. xx

  • http://beckyandjames.com Becky

    Congratulations! That is such exciting news. I’ve not been to Byron Bay before, but I think I would like to, it’s looks beautiful!

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks Becky! Byron is definitely worth the trip. :)

  • http://www.randomactsofzen.com/ Lisa @ Random Acts Of Zen

    Zanni, that’s so amazing, huge congratulations!!! You should be so absolutely proud!
    I’m sure I could think of 500 things to do in Byron, love it!
    Congratulations again hun, WOOHOO! xx

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks for your exuberant response honey!

  • Fionn Quinlan

    Congratulations on your book Zanni! I’m so looking forward to reading it. x

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks Fi. Completely over the moon! I’ll make sure it’s ready for your girl for when you have another baby :-)

  • http://www.theparentingfiles.com.au the parenting files – tahlia

    totally love your photos! I love Byron. I think we have to go back! xxx

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      You must! But you must contact me when you do ;)

  • Neets

    A big congratulations to you Zanni! Can’t wait to grab a copy of it x

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks Honey xx

  • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

    I has pinned! Also should probably finish my half-written kids book idea, haha. SO stoked for your news!

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks Stacey! And yes, you should finish your kid’s book…My daughter said today that she can’t wait for our story to become Real Life. If nothing else, that quote is worth everything xx

  • Grace

    Oh, I LOVE Byron! My brother-in-law lived there for a while and we went to visit The Lighthouse. My hubby’s best childhood memories are of Byron and I have a feeling we’ll be reliving them through our boys as they grow up.
    Congrats on your book deal, Zanni! So, so SOOOO awesome!!! x

  • Rita

    Congratulations Zanni! I can’t wait to hear more about the publication of your book!

  • Emily Morgan

    this is such awesome news for you! I’m so happy for you. And the places around Byron sound lovely too :)

  • http://lifeloveandhiccups.blogspot.com Sonia@ LIfe Love and Hiccups

    Zanni – a book!! That is flipping HUGE news!!! CONGRATULATIONS huni I am so so sooooo stoked for you. I am just playing catch up on my bloggy reading after the school holidays and I cannot think of a better way to kick things off by reading this exciting news. well done gorgeous girl xx

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks honey. I am still completely buzzing from excitement. Hopefully it can be sustained until the book is actually published in 2015! xx

  • daddownunder

    That’s amazing news about the book Zanni – HUGE! Its a really competitive market so you should be very proud. We are Byron bound and counting down the days now so looking forward to checking some of these out.

    • http://mylittlesunshinehouse.com/ Zanni Louise

      Thanks Matt. I am so extremely excited, and know how fortunate I am to have my manuscript picked up by a good publisher…I still am pinching myself!