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Top 10 Things To Do on a Byron Bay Camping Winter Holiday

So much to do, so little time! To help, we’re created the ultimate Byron Bay camping TOP 10 ‘Things To Do’ this winter. So whether you’re pitching a tent, caravanning, driving a campervan or taking it easy by staying in one of our heated safari-style tents, we’ve got you covered for a great winter break in Byron Bay.

1. Whale Watching. We spotted our first migrating humpback whale 10 days ago and they’re now a daily feature. Pack a picnic and take a short stroll up the beach from the park to the Broken Head lookout for an unbeatable (and uncrowded) view. Spread out a rug and enjoy this majestic sight. Don’t forget your camera and zoom lens!

2. Walking. There are great walks to be found all over Byron Bay and in the surrounding hinterland. One of the most popular, and a personal favourite, is the Lighthouse walk which rewards you with some of the best ocean views in Australia. Park your car at The Pass car park and then follow the walking track through the bush and over the headland to Wategoes beach. Wander along the beach and then take the clearly marked walking tracks up to the Lighthouse. On your return, enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Pass Cafe. Looking for adventure? Then jump in the car and take a scenic drive to Minyon Falls (about 45 min drive from Byron). From the car park there is a boardwalk that takes you to a lookout located at the top of the falls. Marvel at the truly jaw-dropping beauty of the falls and the panoramic views. However, to experience the full majesty of Minyon Falls, pull on your walking shoes and follow the 4km round-trip walking trail. Nothing can prepare you for the beauty and magic of this historic rainforest landscape.

3. Cycling. Byron Bay locals love to cycle! And for good reason. The town has over 15km’s of dedicated bike paths, which run straight past our front door. The family-friendly paths are flat, purpose built and great for all ages. Take a ride into town for the Thursday farmers market or Sunday community markets (1st Sunday of every month) or just grab a coffee and relax on the beach. Bike paths also take you out past the Arts and Industry Estate which is filled with artist studios, home wares, handmade jewellery and local Byron Bay fashion brands including Maddog, Goddess of Baylon and many more. Either bring your own bike or hire locally.

4. Hit the beach. Do you think of beaches as cold, unfriendly and to be avoided during winter? Not in Byron Bay. With water temperatures between 18-20 degrees and less crowds, now is perfect time to learn how to surf, enjoy a family day at the beach building sand castles and exploring rock pools or try your hand at Stand Up Paddle boarding. There are so many beautiful beaches in Byron Bay to discover! Our favourite has to be Tallow’s Beach, which runs along the eastern perimeter of the park, but we biased!

5. Sea Kayaking. Want to get up close and personal with the local dolphins? Then a Byron sea kayaking tour is a must! Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay offer 3 hour tours leaving from Clarkes Beach daily. The tour includes a sit-on-top-style kayak, safety equipment, free snorkelling gear, morning tea and free pick up from the park. They also guarantee if you don’t see a whale, dolphin or turtle you can paddle again for FREE.

6. Eat! Actually this should have been at the top of the list! This is one of Byron Bay’s greatest joys. With over 90 cafes and restaurants, you are spoilt for choice. Everything from takeaway fish & chips to organic cafes to award-winning restaurants. Let your taste buds run wild. In Suffolk Park there is a fantastic bakery, pizza shop, Indian restaurant, take away shop and of course the pub. There is also a great little supermarket for home cooked meals. At the park our facilities include a stainless steel commercial style kitchen (for all you Master Chefs!), free BBQs and undercover outdoor dining area – which is a great place to gather with friends, enjoy dinner as a family, or just sit with a glass of wine.

7. Mind Body and Spirit. Byron Bay is a mecca of holistic and natural treatments. Everything from Yoga on the beach, Kahuna massages, tarot card readings, Ayurveda treatments, spa & beauty treatments and much, much more. Escape to the beautiful Byron hinterland and experience the tranquillity of Crystal Castle including amazing crystal’s, the Buddha statue walk, rainforest walk, aura photos and a labyrinth and playground for the kids. Delight the senses.

8. Take to the sky! Winter is the ideal season for hot air ballooning and what better way to experience this beautiful region. Soar majestically over the terrain and be overcome by the beauty. Byron Bay Ballooning offer daily sunrise flights followed by a gourmet champagne breakfast. Also on offer to Byron visitors are skydiving, hang gliding and micro flights. Alternatively, unleash the daredevil within, and book a Flying Trapeze class at Circus Arts Byron Bay.

9. Byron Bay Community Markets. Take a stroll through the Byron Bay Markets and every sense comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the world. Shop for unique, locally designed clothes, jewellery, swimwear, kids clothes and home wares. Listen to live music, sip a hot cup of chai tea or indulge in some locally made organic ice-cream. The Byron Bay market happens on the 1st Sunday of every month and is held at the Butler Street Reserve.

10. Mullumbimby Markets. We love a market and this is one of our favourite. On the 3rd Saturday of every month head for Mullumbimby, ‘The biggest little town in Australia’, for some relaxed market fun. Again, the alternative community spirit here is palpable as you lazily browse for that perfect item. If you are looking for home made, locally sourced produce and objects, this is a great place to find them. Delicious food, everything from Indonesian Satay to Persian couscous and fresh tropical juice is available here.

What’s On Guide

Byron Bay is the perfect short break destination this May and June. With an average mid-year temperature of just 23 degrees and no summer crowds, enjoy the start of whale watching season, take long walks along the beach, bike ride into town for great coffee and food, jump in the car and explore the hinterland or take in one of the numerous events being held throughout the region. Not to mention the pleasures of autumn and winter camping including warm mugs of hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows!!!

Whale Watching Season Starts in June!

From June, Byron Bay is one of the best spots in Australia to watch the migrating Humpback whales. The views from the Byron Bay lighthouse are breathtaking and, being the most easterly point in Australia, the whales come very close to the coastline right through the winter months. Looking for a less crowded spot to enjoy this spectacle? From the holiday park take a 15 minute walk up the beach to Broken Head, then follow the walking track up to the headland and enjoy! If you want to get up closer, then there are many boat tours operating daily and we can help you organise everything. The whale watching season runs from June through to November.

Lismore Lantern Festival

On 22nd June 2013, Lismore comes alight with the stunning annual Lismore Lantern Parade. This year’s theme is ‘imagine’ and will held on the longest night of the year, being the winter solstice. The parade attracts over 25,000 people celebrating art & crafts, regional cuisine, a spectacular lantern parade, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more. There will also be market stalls throughout the day and a fiery finale performance at Oakes Oval illuminating the night sky! The kids love it!

$1 Mondays!*

Getaway mid-week and stay in any of our beachfront accommodation, including our legendary safari style camping tents, ensuite cabins and powered caravan, camper trailer and tent sites for only $1 a night on Mondays. *Offer ends 31st August 2013. Min stay 4 nights. Excludes public / school holidays and major festivals. Subject to availability. Click here for more information.

Local Markets

The Northern Rivers is famous for its markets, held every week throughout the region.

    • 1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park
    • 1st Sunday, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve
    • 1st and 3rd Sundays, Lismore Car Boot, Lismore Shopping Square (undercover)
    • 2nd Sunday, The Channon, Coronation Park
    • 2nd and 5th Sundays, Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth foreshore
    • 3rd Saturday, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets
    • 3rd and 5th Sundays, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre
    • 3rd Sunday, Ballina Market, Circus Ground,Canal Road
    • 4th Sunday, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Farmers Markets:

    • Every Tuesday, New Brighton Farmers Market, New Brighton Oval
    • Every Thursday, Byron Bay Farmers Market, Butler Street Reserve
    • Every Saturday, Bangalow Farmers Market, Bangalow Hotel Carpark
    • Every Saturday, Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground

Splendour In The Grass

And if you’re heading to Byron Bay for Splendour in the Grass, why not stay a few more days? The region offers so much to explore from mountain biking through ancient rainforests, learning to surf, diving in a marine park, hang gliding over beach headlands, ballooning at day break or simply relaxing on the beach and recovering. We have some great beachfront accommodation options including:

Cabins & Lodges

Caravanning & Camping

Hippy Huts

Call us on 02 6685 6544 to make a booking.

 

Upcoming Byron Bay Events – Not To Be Missed

Byron Bay Triathlon

The annual Byron Bay Triathlon returns on the second weekend in May each year. The two day multisport weekend includes a Junior Aquathon, the Triathlon, a ‘Run for Mum’ and Mother’s Day family walk. The Run for Mum and Mother’s Day family walk are both happening on Mother’s Day, Sunday 12th May. All money raised from the events will go to the ”Mummy’s Wish” charity, supporting mums with cancer. So get involved for your mum and to help mum’s living with cancer.

To view the full program or to register CLICK HERE to go to the website.

Byron Bay Ocean Classic Swim

The Byron Bay Ocean Classic Swim is on the first Sunday of May each year. The swim leaves from the stunning Wategoes Beach and follows a 2.5km course to Main Beach, Byron Bay. The event is open to all swimmers over 12 years of age and last year attracted over 2000 swimmers and 5000 spectators. In addition to the main event, there is also a ‘mini swim’ fun event which is a shorter 800 metre course from Clarkes Beach to Main Beach and is open to all swimmers over the age of 9.

All profits from the event are donated to local charities including Camp Quality, Westpac Helicopter Rescue, Breast and Prostate Cancer Organisations, Marine Rescue, Byron Bay Surf Club, St Johns Ambulance, Salvation Army and Early Intervention etc. For a copy of the entry form CLICK HERE to visit the official website.

So if you’re looking for a great event this May that will keep you active while doing something good for others, then head to Byron Bay for the Byron Bay Triathlon and Ocean Classic Swim.

Need accommodation? Visit our beachfront accommodation page for information on our safari styled tents, powered sites and ensuite cabins.

Byron Bay Beach Holiday

There is nothing more relaxing than a caravan or camping holiday and the atmosphere at the First Sun Holiday Park is one of tranquil relaxation. The quintessential Aussie smell of suntan oil. Wet towels and swimmers drying on tarp ropes. Fishing lines leaning against the vans. Guests, in swimmers and sarongs, reading, sitting, too relaxed to speak. Buckets and spades discarded in annexes whilst everyone has a siesta. Long days in the water, exploring the natural bush setting, going to the shop for a much longed for ice-cream. Nights by lamplight eating BBQ’ed sausages, playing cards, talking and laughing. Caravanning is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance by a younger generation who want to experience that deep family connection that only a caravan or tent can provide.

First Sun Holiday Park fulfils all these expectations and more. With our proximity to the beach, families can come and enjoy a great Aussie beach holiday. And in Byron Bay you are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches! Please find below a list to some of the best local fishing, swimming and surfing secrets. Each beach has its own distinct flavour and all are within easy reach of the park.

The Wreck:

A popular surfing spot, the wreck of the ship ‘Wollongbar’ slipped its mooring to the old pier in 1922 and drifted 30m offshore where it sank. Happily, it landed parallel to the shoreline and created a perfect surf break about 30m long with swells of 1-2m. It is also a fascinating dive spot where you can snorkel amongst the almost intact ship which has attracted swarms of fish and marine life. It is located just off Belongil Beach.

Main Beach:

This is the central Byron Bay beach. Located at the end of Johnson Street, it is usually pretty busy during the summer. Fully patrolled, it provides safe swimming and is handy to all the cafes and shops of Byron. When the surf is pumping, it can get quite crowded in the water. A great beach for people watching. The nearby wreck of the Tassie 11 is a popular spot for snorkle and goggles.

Belongil Beach:

Belongil has an intriguing past. Just over the disused train lines as you leave Byron, or accessed from Main Beach, it was once home to Byron’s only major industry and employer, F J Walker’s meatworks. There was a huge pipe that ran straight into the sea to dispose of the animal waste. The only ones in the water were the Great White Sharks! The meatworks closed in 1983 and the beach has been regenerated into one of our best. The beach stretches from Main Beach to Brunswick Heads in one unbroken sweep. The sharks got the message and it is now ideal for swimming, surfing and walking. A beach where you definitely get the feeling that you are miles from nowhere.

Clarkes Beach:

Seamlessly joining up with Main Beach, this idyllic Byron beach offers swimming perfection and surfing highs. This beach can become quite crowded during the summer months but is another great vantage point for viewing migrating whales in winter. The beach can easily be reached by taking a stroll along the beachfront walking track from the Surf Life Saving Club.

The Pass:

Just along from Clarkes Beach lies the most popular surf break in this area and one of the best in Australia. Early morning sees a flock of wetsuits waxing up and heading out. The beach has a beautiful shady foreshore with huge hoop pines and is ideal for families. Built into the rocky outcrop there is also a fantastic wooden viewing platform called ‘Fisherman’s Lookout’ which offers stunning views over the bay. Get there early and see the intrepid ocean swimmers head out in all weathers for their daily deep water swim to Main Beach.

Watego’s Beach:

Multi-million dollar homes overlook this stunning beach. The famous Byron Bay Lighthouse rises out of the rainforest which comes right down to the beach, the waters of which are crystal clear. Sheltered from northerlies, this glamorous beach is a favourite celeb hangout welcoming guests such as Keith Richards, Russell Crowe, Kylie, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Wear your best bikini, just in case.

Little Watego’s:

This is one of the most picturesque beaches in Byron Bay. The walk down to the beach deters the hordes so it is also one of the most secluded. The Cape Byron Walking Track to the Byron Bay Lighthouse runs along the back of the beach so it is perfect for a swim on the way up or down. In a naturally occurring amphitheatre, this beach is sheltered from the northerlies and is the most easterly swimming spot in Australia!

Locals Guide to Byron Bay

What to do in Byron? There is just so much to do and explore. To help you plan your next Byron Bay getaway we have created the ‘insiders’ guide to Byron Bay, local style! We’ve asked each of our team to provide their favourite local places to swim, eat, shop and play.

Favourite Breakfast and Coffee – Maree, Park Manager

The best locals hang out for a fantastic coffee and relaxed, carefree atmosphere has to be The Top Shop. Sit on the grass and enjoy a locally blended coffee with a delicious home-made muffin or their famous ‘breakfast burger’. This is a great place to stop after a lighthouse walk, early morning surf or to just soak up the sunshine. Located outside the town centre and slightly back from the beach, this cafe is a little harder to find but I promise you won’t regret it!

In the Byron hinterland, I also love a weekend breakfast at Harvest Cafe in Newrybar. This beautifully renovated old farm house bakes their own breads and pastries on-site in a 100 year old wood-fire oven. Magic with a morning coffee, some locally made jam and the weekend paper.

Favourite Beach Experience – John, Park Caretaker

If unpopulated and secluded beaches with pristine white sand, palms and astonishing natural beauty are your thing, then the little known ‘Whites Beach’ near Broken Head is for you! It is off the beaten track and there are no life guards, so this needs to be considered. However if you want to get away from the crowds, this is the perfect beach.

To get there, drive towards Broken Head beach and take the dirt road on the right before the Broken Head Beach car park and head into the national park. Follow the road past ‘Kings Beach’ car park, which is a nudist beach, until you get to a small dirt car park. Once parked, follow the well-worn path through the rainforest down to the beach. This path is fairly steep, but enjoys some magnificent ocean views and is well worth the effort. Don’t be surprised if you’re the only people on the beach!

Favourite Local Shopping – Hannah, Receptionist

I love to go shopping in the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. It’s located just outside the town centre and has a wonderful mix of local fashion designers, home wares and hand-made jewellery boutiques. For the girls, check out Spell Designs, Goddess of Babylon and Byron Designworks and for the boys drop by Maddog Surfboards, McTavish Surfboards and Bear Surfboards.

If you’re in town for a few days, then head to the picturesque hinterland town of Bangalow for a cool collection of vintage shops, quirky home wares and for some serious fashion fabulousness the gorgeous Island Luxe! Shopping is thirsty business, so be sure to also pop into the Bangalow pub for a drink on their back veranda. It never fails to delight!

Favourite Cheap Eats – Paul, Park Manager

Eating out in Byron Bay can quickly become very expensive and hunting down a great meal at a reasonable price can be a bit of a challenge. My favourite cheap eats for a great meal is Pizza Paradiso in Suffolk Park. A favourite with the locals, Pizza Paradiso offers ‘giant size’ pizza’s on Tuesday nights for only $20! Choose to eat in, takeaway or they deliver and there’s a great little bottle shop located next door for BYO wine or beer.

Favourite Family Place to Eat – Sue, Receptionist

We love to take the family to the Suffolk Park Pub. ‘The Park’, as it’s affectionately called by the locals, has a fantastic large outdoor deck overlooking tropical gardens and an all-weather kid’s playground. They offer a traditional pub menu with lots of variety including vegetarian dishes and fresh local seafood. On Monday nights, KIDS EAT FREE, so for anyone on a budget this is a great way to enjoy a meal out with the entire family.

Favourite Hinterland Pub – Sarah, Marketing Manager

It has to be the Eltham Pub. Located in the Byron hinterland in the small historic village of Eltham, the Eltham pub is a great way to meet some local north coast characters! Grab a stool at the front bar and you’ll be chatting with the resident farmers in no time. The pub has a fantastic award-winning bistro with some of the best slow-cooked Bangalow pork in the district! The pub is well over 100 years old and is a favourite meeting place for visitors and locals alike.

Favourite Romantic Dinner Spot – Pauline, Receptionist

It is hard to go past the Byron Beach Cafe for their summer dinners. They have a large outdoor dining deck that looks out to the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy watching the sun sink slowly away over the mountains while sipping on a chilled glass of wine or cold beer. The cafe has won multiple awards and the food is always incredible. The dining deck has a retractable roof and at night, the atmosphere is very romantic with twinkling tea lights on the tables and the stars above. Bliss.

Favourite Local Drive – Jack, Park Maintenance

There are so many choices! Some of my favourite weekend drives include Coolamon Scenic Drive, which offers incredible views of Byron Bay, the lighthouse and the mountains. Another one of my all-time favourite drives is to Minyon Falls. This drive takes you through some of the prettiest countryside in the entire region. Once you arrive at the Minyon Falls car park, it’s just a short stroll through ancient palm trees to the waterfall’s viewing platform. What a view!

Recommended by TripAdvisor – The World’s Largest Travel Site

Recently we were presented with a coveted “Recommended on TripAdvisor” badge by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, for our excellent customer rating of 4.5 out of 5. We are immensely proud of this recognition, not only for ourselves but also for our hard working staff and partners.

We love what we do and it is our philosophy to give our guests a personal and memorable holiday experience. Whether you’ve travelled from the other side of the world or from just up the road, we aim to offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with that familiar old-style holiday park feel.

Here are just a sample of the positive and enthusiastic responses we’ve received on the TripAdvisor website and via our guest book.

TripAdvisor

“A Fam Stay!” – 5 out of 5

“We have just experienced a wonderful week here with our family & friends. Clean, quiet and perfectly located to a beautiful running walking surfing beach and walking distance to general store, brilliant bakery & pizza shop. Fantastic spot with helpful friendly management and staff.”

“Ultimate family fun” – 5 out of 5

“We love the idea of caravans parks because your kids can run around free without you having to worry, something you can’t do at a resort. Our son met kids while we just relaxed out the front of our safari tent and watched the kids hooning on their scooters and climbing up trees. We had our bikes and there is a fantastic bike track all the way to town, it makes a real difference then having to ride on the road. The tent was so much fun, it had a kitchenette, bed and bunks and was very roomy. We would definitely come again.”

“Absolute Beach Bliss!” – 5 out of 5

“We live in the area (but away from the coast) and decided we wanted to get away to the beach for the weekend and treat our young daughter to the style of holiday our parents use to take us on. A friend recommended the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park – and what a find! It had everything we wanted and so much more. The location is incredible. The park is located right on the beach (nestled in the dunes). We could walk from our cabin through a bush track and we were on the beach. The park managers were fantastic and everyone in the park seemed so relaxed. It was great to be out of the hustle and bustle of Byron, but still get to enjoy the beautiful beach. Thank you! We’ll be back!”

“In one word, “Awesome”!!” – 5 out of 5

“To quote my 8 year old daughter – This is the best holiday I’ve been on!”

“Excellent facilities, friendly service” – 5 out of 5

“The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating – highly recommended”

Guestbook Comments:

“Great relaxed atmosphere. Lots of happy kids in the camp. Fantastic setting, right on beachfront.”

“The security and safe feeling we all shared as a family really stood out for us.”

“I have been to many camping spots all over the world, yours is just amazing, friendly and nice atmosphere, loved it here, happy to come back.” 

Family School Holiday Photos:

Remember those holidays at the beach when you were a kid? Relaxed atmosphere, happy campers, kids riding bikes and endless BBQ’s? Well we’ve still got it! Please find below some great holiday pictures from families enjoying their recent school holiday break with us.

Looking to start your own camping holiday tradition? Check out our current Spring specials for some great offers to get you motivated for a family long weekend or short break in Byron Bay. Click here

Cycling in Byron Bay

Spring has arrived! The weather is perfection. Clear skies and 25 degree sun filled days. This brilliant springtime weather is expected to continue and now is a great time to visit Byron Bay. In addition to being the ideal conditions for learning to surf, walking to the famous Byron lighthouse or strolling along the beach, it’s also the perfect weather to ride your bike more (and work less!). Please find below our guide to cycling in Byron Bay.

Family Friendly Bike Paths

Looking for a two-wheeled adventure for your entire family to enjoy? Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is the perfect destination. Running right past our front door is the start of a 15km network of coastline bike paths that take in some of the best local scenery. The family-friendly paths are flat, purpose built and great for all ages. The paths will take you into the center of town for a coffee and a swim or you can venture further afield to explore the many shops and studios located in the Arts and Industry Estate. At low tide, you can also ride your bike out of the holiday park and along Tallows Beach into the Byron CBD.

Mountain Bike Tours

The soaring popularity of cycling is testament to its clean, green appeal. Nothing could be truer of mountain biking in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland or along our world famous beaches. Mountain Bike Tours Byron Bay offers a number of different packages including a full day rainforest tour or a half day scenic coastal tour.

The full day guided rainforest tour is designed for all levels and takes you through the lush, tropical rainforests of the world heritage listed Nightcap National Park. The coastal tour is a half day guided tour that explores remote beaches, nature reserves and some secluded trials. Enjoy the amazing Byron Bay scenery and them finish off with a splash in the ocean. For more information visit their website at http://www.mountainbiketours.com.au

Byron Bay Surf and Bike Hire

Get out there with Byron Bay Surf and Bike Hire. Bikes can be hired from $10 a day, including road bikes, ladies bikes, girls and boys bikes, tandem bikes, kiddy karts and baby bike seats. Pick up a free cycle map while you’re there. To find out more visit their website at http://www.byronbaysurfandbikehire.com.au

The Rainbow Ride Cycle Charity Challenge

Sunday 11th November 2012 is the Rainbow Ride cycle charity challenge supporting Byron Emergency Accommodation Project. This road ride weaves through the beautiful Northern Hinterland known as the Rainbow region and is considered one of the more challenging rides in Australia. There are 160km and 100km events, each designed for different bikes and age groups. To view more details visit their website at http://www.summerofcycling.com/rainbow_ride.htm

Family Camping Holiday Guide

The family camping or caravanning holiday has long been an Aussie institution, loved by millions! This is why our safari style camping tents are very popular with families. With no need to pack up the car or unload masses of camping gear, busy working parents can still take their family on a traditional camping holiday without any of the hassle. All of our safari tents are fully furnished in a relaxed, coastal style. Power, lighting and kitchen facilities are included, and some also have their own bathroom. Crisp, clean linen and soft pillows are available. To learn more about our unique safari tents click here.

Check out this great video on family caravan and camping!

Family Guide to Byron Bay

To help make your family holiday as enjoyable as possible, we have compiled the following list of local family activities.

Macadamia Castle

Macadamia Castle has been one of the area’s most popular activity destinations for over 35 years. Attractions include an animal fun park, mini golf course, train rides, baby animal feeding, rabbit petting, large tree house playground, cafe and retail store. An ideal outing for the entire family.

Pacific Highway

Knockrow NSW 2479 (between Byron Bay and Ballina)

Tel 02 6687 8432

Crystal Castle

Crystal Castle is an enchanting tourist attraction, located 20 minutes from Byron Bay in the spectacular hinterland. Enjoy mystical statues, amazing crystals, jewellery, fresh food and great local coffee. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, including the ‘Buddha Walk’ where you will discover a breathtaking 4 metre high statue of the blessing Buddha. There is also a large kids’ playground featuring ‘Fireheart the Dragon’.

81 Monet Drive

Mullumbimby NSW 2481

Tel 02 6684 3111

Kayaking on Brunswick River

Explore the beautiful Brunswick River by kayak. The pace is guaranteed to be effortless and the views stunning. The kids will love seeing dolphins feeding at the mouth of the river, an abundance of bird life, bush wallabies on the river bank and the teeming marine life. After your trip enjoy a light snack or grab a snorkel and explore the underwater action.

Brunswick River Kayaks

Shop1, 2 The Terrace

Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Tel 0416 222 344

Learning to Surf

Can’t surf? No problem. The team at Style Surfing Byron Bay can show you and your family the ropes. Style Surfing Byron Bay have been surfing the area since the 70′s and are one of only 4 surf schools in Byron Bay licensed to teach surfing on Byron Bay beaches, including The Pass, Clarkes Beach, Wategos Beach, The Wreck & Belongil Beach. They will have you and the kids surfing with style in no time.

Style Surfing Byron Bay

2 Sandpiper Court

Byron Bay NSW 2481

0416 162 969

Byron Lighthouse Walk and Whale Watching

The Byron Lighthouse walk is a beautiful walking track that takes in coastal cliffs, raiment rainforest and beautiful beaches. The iconic Byron Lighthouse is perched on top of the most easterly point in Australia and offers 360 degree panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding hinterland. There are also numerous vantage points to view the dolphins and humpback whales on their annual migration.

Bike Riding

Byron Bay is a great place to bring your bike. From Suffolk Park Holiday Park there is a 15 km network of mostly flat coastline bike paths taking in the national park and local scenery. The bike paths are suitable for young children and are a great way to explore the local area as a family.

Local Markets

The Northern Rivers is famous for its spectacular markets, held every week throughout the region. 

      • 1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park
      • 1st Sunday, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve
      • 1st and 3rd Sundays, Lismore Car Boot, Lismore Shopping Square (undercover)
      • 2nd Sunday, The Channon, Coronation Park
      • 2nd and 5th Sundays, Lennox Head,Lake Ainsworth foreshore
      • 3rd Saturday, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets
      • 3rd and 5th Sundays, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre
      • 3rd Sunday, Ballina Market, Circus Ground,Canal Road
      • 4th Sunday, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Lismore Show

The Lismore Show is one of the largest regional shows in NSW and has been in our region for well over 120 years. This year, as part of the ‘Year of the Framer’, there are lots of free activities planned for children to learn more about what farmers do. The show will also include lots of animals, rides and, of course, show bags. This year the Lismore Show will also include a dedicated children’s ‘chill out’ area offering healthy and wholesome budget priced snacks prepared by the Country Women’s Association.

18th to 20th October

Lismore Showgrounds NSW 2480

Dining On A Budget

Eating out can quickly become very expensive and hunting down a great meal at a reasonable price can be a challenge. So we’ve put together a list of our favourite local haunts and their meal deals. Everything from $10 schnitzel, $15 roast dinners and cheap Indian. Enjoy!

Yellow Flower Indian Diner

The Yellow Flower Indian Diner is a beautiful, locally owned Indian restaurant nestled in Suffolk Park offering delicious Indian food, fantastic coffee and exquisite desserts.

    • ‘Cheap Tuesday’ – All curries on rice are $10 for large and $7 for small
    • Lunch Special – $8 dine in or take away lentil dahl, rice, salad and 2 pappadams
    • Family Take Away Deal – 3 large curries, 2 large rice, pappadams, tandoori chicken wings, chutney or raitha

Suffolk Park Shopping Centre

Suffolk Park NSW 2481

Open 10 am until 9pm

7 Days

02 6685 9669

Pizza Paradiso

Another favourite with locals is Pizza Paradiso. They are a family friendly, low cost pizza and pasta restaurant offering eat in, take away or delivered. Tip – order your pizza and whilst it’s cooking pop over to the Park Hotel next door and have a beer…Heaven!

    • ‘Cheap Tuesdays’
    • Small pizzas only $10
    • Large pizzas only $15
    • Giant pizzas only $20
    • All pastas only $10

Suffolk Park Shopping Centre

Suffolk Park NSW 2481

Open 5pm to late

7 Days

02 6685 3101

The Park Hotel

The Park restaurant and bistro has a fantastic large outdoor dining deck overlooking tropical gardens and an all-weather kids playground. They offer a traditional pub menu with lots of variety including vegetarian dishes and fresh local seafood.

    • Thursday $10 chicken schnitzel
    • Sunday $15 dinner roast with a glass of beer or wine
    • Wednesday $10 lunchtime roast

223 Broken Head Road

Suffolk Park NSW 2481

Open 7.30pm to 9pm

7 days a week for lunch and dinner

Open for breakfast Wednesday to Sunday

02 6685 3222

Byron Bay Services Club

The Byron Bay Services Club is located in town and includes a bistro, cafe, bar and outdoor garden terrace. They offer some great specials, including their infamous $10 all day breaky.

    • All Day Breaky – $10
    • Thursday Steak Night – $14.50
    • Saturday Steak Night – $17
    • ‘Cheap Tuesday’ – $6.50 lunch specials

South End of Jonson Street

Byron Bay NSW 2481

Café on Jonson open from 10am to 8.30pm

Bistro on Jonson opens for lunch from 12noon to 2pm and for dinner from 6pm to 8.30pm

(02) 6685 6878

Byron Bay Winter Surfing Safari

With no summer crowds, off-season accommodation rates and mild ocean temperatures of 22 degrees, Winter is the perfect time to grab your mates and head to Byron Bay on a surfing safari.

Byron Bay’s surf breaks are amongst the best in the world and Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is located right behind the sand dunes of one of Byron Bay’s best – beautiful Tallow Beach. The section of Tallow Beach adjoining us is between two of the best point breaks in Australia – Broken Head and The Pass – and offers fantastic left and right breaks, with mostly ‘rights’ due to the south swell. During winter the waves are rarely crowded and are perfect for all types of boards.

Byron Bay is just one of the many loved surf breaks in the region. In fact the Northern Rivers offers more than 300km’s of coastline to explore. It’s a great destination for surfers, but also for people who love to fish, enjoy exploring rugged headlands or take pleasure in watching the magnificent winter migrating whales and dolphins!

Byron Bay also boosts some of Australia’s best board designers and manufacturers. While you’re in Byron Bay, why not check out some of these legendary board makers:

McTavish Surfboards

Founded by surf industry pioneer Bob McTavish, McTavish Surfboards have been in production non-stop since 1962. The McTavish range is broad, from affordable boards to start out on, up to high end collectables made from balsa, and other exotic materials. With over 45 years of experience, the McTavish team is working hard on innovation and design, to lead the next decade of surfboard development.

Address: 91 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay

Emery Surfboards

Alan Emery grew up surfing the famed right handers of the Lennox Point and the surrounding epic waves of the northern NSW area. Any spare time that Al had out of the water was spent learning all aspects of shaping, design and the production process within the surfboard industry. This, along with the dedication and drive that is put into the quality surfboard shapes and design, has made Emery Surfboards a significant force within the surfboard industry not only in Australia but also overseas.

Address:5/19 Tasman Way, Byron Bay

Maddog

From its beginnings as a surf board shaping business in the 1970′s, under the watchful eye or John Morgan, Maddog has evolved into one of Australia’s leading surfboard brands. Maddog gained recognition as surfers all along the east coast of Australia started riding the boards made in the Byron Bay factory. Determination, hard work and inspiration from the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bayare the components that have allowed the continuing evolution and success of Maddog.

Address: Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

Bear Surfboards Australia

Bear Surfboards has been established for over 20 years, producing quality handmade surfboards. Every step is taken to ensure that your surfboard is made with the best quality materials and the highest quality of workmanship. Every single board is handmade from start to finish, and the quality of the finished product speaks for itself.

Address:1/29 Acacia Street, Byron Bay

Can’t surf? No problem. There are some great surf schools in Byron Bay to show you the ropes with professional instructors, board hire and of course winter wetsuits.

Style Surfing Byron Bay

The team at Style Surfing Byron Bay have been surfing the area since the 70′s and instructing since the early 80′s. They are one of only 4 surf schools in Byron Bay licensed to teach surfing on Byron Bay beaches, including The Pass, Clarkes Beach, Watego Beach, The Wreck & Belongil Beach. They will have you surfing with style in no time. www.stylesurfingbyronbay.com. Click here to read their Byron Surfing Guide.

BlackDog Surfing

BlackDog Surf School offer a highly personalised service with an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 5 to ensure a lot of individual attention! They guarantee you will stand up on your 1st lesson or come again free! www.blackdogsurfing.com

Byron Bay Surf School

Byron Bay Surf School has only the finest instructors working on the beaches each day, who are qualified in all aspects of surf teaching, surf rescue and first aid. Each coach is carefully selected for their love of surfing and the energy and enthusiasm with which they provide the team and their students. www.byronbaysurfschool.com

You won’t find better Byron Bay surf accommodation than Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park. Much loved by surfers for our absolute beachfront location, affordable prices, clean, modern facilities, and relaxed coastal vibe many of our regulars return several times a year as they follow the breaks up and down the coast. Our Byron Bay surf accommodation options include:

Beat the summer crowds and book your Byron Bay surf accommodation now.

Call us on +61 2 6685 3353.

Finally – big congratulations to Betty Moinet who won a free weekend stay at Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park by putting her name in the box at reception. Betty and her family will be celebrating her daughters 12th Birthday with a weekend stay in one of our safari style tents.