South of Brisbane, Australia's Byron Bay is a boho beach enclave with a laid-back vibe, a clutch of great restaurants and fun music festivals. We tapped HeyMama co-founder Amri Kibbler, who makes an annual pilgrimage to Byron, for her picks of where to eat, beach, shop and play like a local.
"Byron Bay is a bohemian respite that mixes in enough sophisticate for anyone’s palate. Its natural beauty, music festivals, and Zen appeal draw surfers, hippies, artist, locals and international visitors. Although there are countless things to do, the beach is the real reason to visit Byron."
EAT & DRINK
The Beach Café One of the more sophisticated restaurants, it over looks Clarke’s beach, the view would be enough reason to eat here but the food is great. The pulled pork sandwich is my favorite
Topshop Pop in for a quick post-surf lunch bite or a coffee. Super cute beach shack vibe. Smoothies, dbl chocolate brownies and the fish sandwich are our go to.
The Tree House The Tree House is quintessentially Byron. Shoes are optional. It’s like cross between Tulum and a Paris nightclub plus its open air. The pizza is great and kids are hopping from couch to couch and running across the street to the Belongil Beach. You wont have to worry if you kids are a bit rowdy.
The Balcony Book a table outside at Sunset on the wrap around balcony enjoy the beach breeze.
St Elmo’s Spanish tapas in cool modern twist.
Italian at the Pacific Best food in Byron. Located right across from Main Beach but the décor is more cosmopolitan than anything around.
Beach Hotel Typical Aussie pub, but its roomy outside seating across from Main Beach can’t be matched. It’s always packed for post-beach drinks and bands play every night in the summer. Kids are welcome to run around and play. There is also a very clear view of the playground.
Naked Treaties Rawganic Raw, vegan, organic & glutton free and delicious.
There are many more local beaches but these are my favorites with kids.
Wategos’ Best beach for toddlers and small kids at low tide. The tide creates big pools of water on the beach as natural kiddy pools. Be sure to check the tides before you go, at high tide there is no beach!
White’s Beach This is best with kids over four. It’s a 15-minute hike down but well worth the work. This beach is never crowded, stunning landscape, and has cool caves.
Main Beach There’s a popular playground and you can walk right up to shops, restaurants and the whole town. This beach is the most convenient.
Tallow’s Long stretch of gorgeous never crowed beach.
Don't miss Ahoy, Tiny People, Spell, Hope & May and all the excellent markets. On the first Saturday of every month they have awesome bohemian markets selling all kinds of stuff -organic soaps, kids stuff, healthy snacks, beach dresses, and dream catchers. It has the feeling of a little festival, musicians play and the kids love to dance. We stock up on the organic fruit snack to smuggle back to the states. The markets travel to neighboring towns on other weekends, so check for locations during your stay.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Circus Art They have a range of kids classes from Trapeze to Rock Climbing This can be a rainy day life saver, or a great way to carve out a few hours of kid free time.
Bangalow Quick day trip from Byron, Bangalow has surprisingly chic shops and good restaurants for such a tiny town.
Yoga Byron is the yoga meca of Australia. I like Yoga by the Sea for its location. And Byron Yoga Center (Angelina Jolie visits) There are so many places and all pretty good.
Crystal Castle There is no castle here so don’t mention the name to your kids or they’ll keep asking for the castle all day. It’s a lush peaceful garden with lots of nooks for kids to explore. There are big crystals, Buddha statutes and small pools. Great spot for photos.
The Lighthouse The eastern most point to Australia, it has stunning panoramic view and a little ice cream shop. Catch it at sunset for extra punch.
Rent Bikes in town Bike from beach to beach get a little cart for the kids in the back or kiddy bike seat if your kids are small.
Hike with kids Broken Head walking trail is an easy hike with kids its well groomed and not too steep. It over looks the 3 sister’s rocks.
Date Night. Book a sitter through Kidz Klub. Rates from $25 per hour.