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Byron Bay Guide
What are the top tips for travelling with children to Byron Bay?
Arakwal National Park
Arakwal National Park is a five-minute drive from the centre of town, and it’s a must-visit for families visiting Byron Bay on return flights to Ballina. The park is part of the Bundjalung Nation, and has a rich Aboriginal heritage to learn about while visiting. A three-kilometre (1.9 mile) long beach is another draw to Arakwal National Park, and it’s known as an excellent spot for surfers who visit Byron Bay on flights to Ballina. The national park is also a great spot for bird-watching, and whales can be spotted offshore between June and November.
The Farm is a popular and much-loved attraction for families holidaying on cheap flights to Ballina. It’s located just west of town and provides an interactive opportunity for visitors to learn about the day-to-day operations of a working farm. See how fruits and vegetables are sustainably farmed, and get an up-close look at the resident pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep. The Farm offers horseback tours Monday through Saturday, and there is an unique program of activities and workshops for kids that changes weekly.
Kayak with dolphins
The ocean near Byron Bay is home to pods of dolphins, and going kayaking alongside them is a favourite activity among both kids and adults travelling on return flights to Ballina. Several local companies organise sea kayaking tours that offer an excellent chance of spotting the dolphins in their natural habitat. It’s possible to see dolphins year-round in Byron Bay, and you may even spot some whales in the distance if you travel on flights to Ballina between June and November.
What’s on in Byron Bay?
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Byron Bay Bluesfest is one of Australia’s best Blues and Roots festivals. It takes place during Easter weekend each year, and features more than 200 performers across the four days. Enjoy plenty of live blues performances, relax in the beer gardens, and grab food and souvenirs from more than 100 market stalls if your cheap flights to Ballina coincide with the festival. Book your airfare to Ballina for travel during Easter weekend to attend the Byron Bay Bluesfest.
Splendour in the Grass
Have a look at plane tickets to Ballina in late July to attend the Splendour in the Grass music festival. Festival goers can enjoy performances from both up-and-coming Australian musicians as well as internationally-known acts. Some major performers who have headlined Splendour in the Grass in the past include Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Lorde. The music stages are the main draw to the event, but the three-day festival also includes yoga workshops, a stand-up comedy tent, and art installations.
Byron Bay Surf Festival
Whether you’re a surfer yourself or you are happy to watch the experts hang 10 from the beach, the Byron Bay Surf Festival is an exciting time to book airfare to Ballina. There are several surfing competitions during the three-day festival, and amateur surfers are even able to enter some. There’s plenty to see and do back on land as well. Each day of the festival has something for visitors to enjoy, such as live music performances, sunset cinema, an art market, and a beach clean-up session. Attend the Byron Bay Surf Festival by booking tickets to Ballina for a mid-February holiday.
What is the best way to get around Byron Bay?
The centre of Byron Bay is compact and easy to explore on foot. Attractions are a bit more spread out once you leave the town centre, and having a rental car really comes in handy while visiting Byron Bay on return flights to Ballina. Reserve a rental car through Webjet, then pick it up from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) after your flights to Ballina arrive.
Public transport is an option for travellers holidaying on cheap flights to Ballina without a car. The Byron Easy Bus connects Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) with Byron’s town centre. The shuttle bus stops at the Byron Bay Visitor Centre, or you could reserve a ride directly to your hotel for the same price. Blanch’s Bus Company operates around Byron and the surrounding area, providing a transport option for travellers holidaying on flights to Ballina. There are eight bus routes that travel around town and the nearby suburbs and beaches, and there’s also a route available to the town of Ballina.