If you are looking for things to do in Byron Bay these school holidays, then you have found the right article. Away from the hustle and bustle, Byron Bay offers a whole range of December/January summer school holiday activities to keep you and the kids entertained and happy. These family activities Byron Bay style have got you covered!
Parents will love getting back to nature while the kids will love all the kids activities Byron Bay has on offer. With stunning scenery (hello beaches AND rainforest) there really is a heap of things to do in school holidays in Byron Bay. We have you covered with kids school holiday activities from bushwalks to waterfalls to glow worms.
We know that you can’t get out and about every day, so we have included some school holidays Byron Bay ideas for staying at home as well. However with so many school holiday activities in Byron Bay, we know that the kids (and you!) won’t be sitting around bored.
We have compiled the complete guide to the best school holiday activities in Byron Bay over the December/January summer school holidays to help make your life so much easier!
State schools finish on Friday 17 December and return to class on Friday 28 January 2022.
Summer school holidays in NSW are Saturday 18 December to Thursday 27 January 2022.
Fun things to do for the Byron Bay school holidays
We have broken our list of Byron Bay school holiday activities into sections to help you:
- Fun things to do for the Byron Bay school holidays
- 10 fun free school holiday activities
- 10 fun cheap school holiday activities
- 10 BIG days out in Byron Bay these school holidays
- 5 things to do at home these school holidays
- Theatres with kids shows on in Byron Bay these school holidays
- Byron Bay kids holiday ideas
- Even more school holiday ideas:
As with everything at the moment, please check with the venue directly (either by their website or social media pages) to ensure they are open during the times you wish to attend. You should also check their current policy around advanced bookings, entry requirements/timings and social distancing rules.
10 fun free school holiday activities
Who doesn’t love a free day out with kids! Add these free family activities Byron Bay to your list these holidays.
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Bring the kids to the most easterly point in Australia and take a look the lighthouse and maritime museum there. See how the lighthouse originally worked and read up on the history of whaling in the area. Families tip: Take a guided tour up the lighthouse as an added bonus.
Minyon Falls Lookout
Take a trip to Minyon Falls to see spectacular views of the rainforest and falls. The kids will love swimming in the pool below so don’t forget your swimmers. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.
Mullum Farmers Market
Spend a morning at the local market where you can actually meet the farmers who grew the produce. Listen to some live music and let the kids enjoy the dedicated kids space.
Apex Park Playground, Main Beach Byron Bay
Located beside Main Beach in Byron Bay, this conveniently located park offers free barbeques, shade and lots of equipment to play on. Watch the kids play while enjoying stunning coastal views.
Suffolk Skate Park
Just outside Byron Bay is the Suffolk Skate Park, a dream destination for future skateboard pros. Suitable for skateboards, scooters and bikes – and with a playground nearby – this park is also a dream destination for parents looking to entertain different aged kids.
Visit the library
When the kids need some downtime, or the weather isn’t so great, there area also great indoor activities Byron Bay offer. The easiest solution is the library. There are a great range of activities on all year round, as well as a specific school holiday program.
These markets are so well known that they are a must for your holiday activity list. Set on a beautiful tree filled space, these markets are crammed with smells, sights and sounds to delight all the family.
What holiday is complete without a trip to the beach?! Clarke’s Beach is perfect for families as it is well protected and good for kayaking. Bring lunch as this beach has picnic tables and a playground. Just remember Clarke’s Beach is not currently patrolled so keep your kids close to you. Families tip: If you have an early riser, bring them down to watch sunrise.
Brunswick Fairy Trail
Go on a hunt for fairies and ignite your child’s imagination! Visit the Brunswick Heads Visitors Information Centre (or click on the link below) to download the clue sheet then take a walk and find the fairy houses. Houses are made of recycled items and aim to spark the curiosity of children.
Visit Railway Park
This park is located conveniently in the middle of town, making it the perfect place for a break while wandering through town. Grab a coffee and sit in the shade while the kids enjoy the slides, tunnels and nature play area.
10 fun cheap school holiday activities
Good fun doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to know where to find it – and we do! Take a look at these ideas.
Ballina Tenpin Bowl
Challenge the kids these holidays to a game of tenpin bowling. With lightweight balls, bumper lanes and a café onsite, this is a great option to please the kids.
Ballina pool and waterslide
A great way to get the kids have a splashing good time is to send them down a waterslide. The Ballina Pool has two waterslides, a splash area and heated pools, all overlooking the Richmond River.
Circus Arts Byron Bay
Delight the kids by involving them in a day or half-day program at Circus Arts. They can learn tightrope walking, juggling or have a go at the flying trapeze! Let them run wild.
Art and Wine Co Byron Bay
Don’t let the name fool you, Art and Wine Co offer an amazing range of kids art and creativity classes. Kids can experience the joy of making art in clay, paint or by drawing.
Brunswick Bush School
Help your kids to reconnect with nature at the Brunswick Bush School. Kids spend a day outdoors creating and having fun using hands-on skills. Different programs are on offer depending on age groups.
Tied up with string
Unleash your creative streak with a makers morning or ‘crafternoon’ at Tied up with String. With a focus on upcycling and natural resources, kids can make whatever their heart desires.
Byron Bay Solar Train
Take a train trip using solar power! This world first solar powered train runs trips daily where families can relax in a restored 1949 train carriage. Sit back and let the scenery roll by.
Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum
The Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum has a range of seacraft on display as well as displays and exhibits aimed at showcasing the local history.
Strap on the skates and get into the rink! Rollerworld offers skating sessions or lessons for kids (and adults!) so there really is no excuse not to have a great time. You’ll need to head for Lismore for this but it is only a 45 minute drive and so much fun!! DO IT!!
KidzClub specialise in kids entertainment and host a range of kids activities. These summer holidays they have a special program ready to go, including drumming, crafts and a lots more.
10 BIG days out in Byron Bay these school holidays
Go big or go home with these awesome activities in and around Byron Bay.
Experience the magical world of the Crystal Castle and see some of the world’s biggest crystals. Walk through the garden and see the enchanted cave and labyrinth or just bask in the serenity while the kids enjoy the playground.
Let’s Go Surfing
Byron Bay is an iconic surfing destination and the perfect place to learn this sport. Have a lesson from a professional then hit main beach with your board and let the fun begin.
Located in the waters off Bryon Bay are some incredible creatures including sea turtles. Take some time to go below the water these holidays and see what life is like. Free snorkel lessons are available beforehand for first timers.
Visit The Farm
The Farm is a Byron Bay institution. With the motto of ‘Grow Feed Educate’, they are passionate about teaching the next generation. Kids can experience life on the farm and even become a farmer for a day these school holidays. Families tip: Stay and enjoy a gelato in the playground onsite afterwards!
Pegasus Park Equestrian
No matter the experience level, Pegasus Park has a horse suitable for everyone – even for nervous riders. Take a ride on the beach or a trail ride through the bush on one of their majestic horses these school holidays to leave some lasting memories.
The Macadamia Castle is a must-do day trip these holidays. Start with a game of mini golf, then feed some animals before enjoying lunch (and some hot macadamias!) in a castle. Be sure to check out their holiday program for a ‘behind the scenes’ animal experience.
Experience Byron Bay hinterland
The hinterland and surrounding area of Byron is pristine and well worth a day trip. Take a conscious tour and see some more local sights, including waterfalls, glow worms and secret local beaches.
Take to the water and go kayaking! Choose to ride the ocean waves with dolphins or the take in the surrounds of the Brunswick River. Life is better on the water.
Byron Bay Skateboard School
Send the kids to school these holidays – skateboard school! The school conducts open sessions and day camps which are great opportunities for kids to make friends and try something new.
Roll up, roll up! Enjoy a day being a circus performer these holidays at the Spaghetti Circus. Holiday programs including a range of circus activities and that will be sure to tire the kids out.
5 things to do at home these school holidays
Staying at in doesn’t have to be boring. Make some time and memories at home these school holidays.
Make an A-Z scrapbook
Using magazines see if you can find a picture of something that begins with each letter of the alphabet. To make it more difficult, try to choose a theme ‘animals’ or ‘places’ beginning with every letter of the alphabet. If you get stuck you could draw some of the things in.
Have a living room disco
Crank the music and get dancing! Pick your favourite tunes and dance around the living room. Close the curtains for a darker, more ‘disco’ atmosphere.
Listen to audio books
There is nothing better than curling up with a good book, so we know the kids will be enthralled by a good audio book. Why not pull the mattresses off the beds and make a cozy corner to listen in.
Write a letter to a friend
Get out the paper and pens (no devices, that’s cheating!) and handwrite a letter. If the kids are too little, draw a picture instead. Then next time you are out, get them to post it in a postbox.
Do chalk drawing
Take out the coloured chalk and get drawing on the driveway. This is also a great way to meet your neighbours and for the kids to make new friends.
Theatres with kids shows on in Byron Bay these school holidays
Spoil the kids these holidays with a trip to the movies – and maybe some popcorn! Palace Cinema is centrally located and shows all the best kids movies each holidays.
Home of the Arts
Surrounded by parklands and a lake, HOTA, Home of the Arts is a vibrant cultural precinct situated in the heart of the Gold Coast. Year round, indoors and out, HOTA presents live music, theatre, dance, comedy, opera, kids shows, art, cinema from local, national and international artists and companies. It is a perfect place to take the kids to enjoy some theatre arts these school holidays.
Byron Bay kids holiday ideas
Soooo…. what do you think? Plenty of Byron Bay days out ideas here to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole school holidays? These Byron Bay holiday ideas are updated every term, so remember to bookmark this page.
Let us know if we missed your favourite or if you would like us to add your venue or event!