Winter School Holidays – Byron Hinterland

Channon Markets

If you’re coming to the Byron Bay and Byron hinterland region these School Winter Holidays, there’s plenty of things to do for the family:

  • Visit the World-Heritage listed National Parks and sub-tropical rainforests with an abundance of wildlife, waterfalls and stunning views. (we’ve had some rain in the last couple of weeks so the waterfalls should be flowing). 
  • Find the ‘honesty boxes’ as you cruise the byron hinterland countryside – lots of local farmers sell their fresh produce on the side of the road outside their property. From honey to fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and coffee.
  • Climb Mount Warning (quite advanced walking, not suitable for young children)
  • Have a splash and slide at Ballina Water Park and newly renovated Olympic size swimming pool is now heated so give it a try this winter.
  • Walk up to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse and be treated to panoramic views over the ocean, Byron Bay and hinterland. There’s also a cafe and small museum at the top. Plus a car park if you don’t feel like walking (spaces are limited though so get there early).
  • Go Whale spotting – it’s Whale migration time as they travel up the east coast of Australia (then back down again).  A great place to spot them is the Lighthouse.
  • The Macadamia Castle is a great family day out. It’s a small animal park with petting zoo, bird shows, mini golf and a great cafe.  Children can also be a Wildlife Warrior for the day and other activities (bookings and fees apply). see here
  • There are lots of day tours and activities to do in the area such as circus arts classes for kids and adults, cycling, hot air ballooning, gliding, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and much more.
  • In the Ballina Shire area, see this PDF for a list of things on for kids during the school holidays click here

Local Markets

There are local arts and crafts and community markets on every week and at various locations in the Byron hinterland region.

Other markets in the next month:

    • Byron Bay Beachside market – this is only on four times a year.  The Beachside Markets are a ‘make it, bake it and grow it’ market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. This is the perfect location to experience some of the most original products alongside one of the worlds’ most famous beaches. NEXT ON: JULY 13th  

If you are thinking of visiting the Byron Bay hinterland these coming summer holidays, be mindful that accommodation gets booked up quickly at these times. So, the more in advance that you can book the better. See our accommodation page for further info.