Best Byron Bay Family Cycling Trails
Combine exercise and fun on a holiday by hopping on a bike and touring the area. While on holiday in Byron Bay, you’ll find this excellent mode of transportation is common, with lots of trails and rides already mapped out for you. You just need to either bring your bike or hire one when you get here, and you’ll be on your way to checking off another of the many Byron Bay activities on your to-do list.
If you plan to cycle while here, it’s a good idea to check the tons of cycling trails and rides already mapped out around Byron Bay, including quite a few by the Byron Bay Cycle Club where you can join in on social rides every Saturday at 6:30am. However, these tend to be for a more serious rider as most are at least 80km. If you’re looking for more causal rides that the whole family can take, then try out some of the options below.
But before you head out, if you need to hire a bike, there are several bike hires in Byron Bay, but one suggestion would be Surf & Bike Hire Byron where you can get bikes that fit your family’s needs from kids’ bikes, to bikes with kiddie carts or baby seats. The prices run from $7 to $25 per day, depending on the type of bike you desire. This Byron Bay bike shop also provides cycling maps showing where to ride your bike.
Mountain Bike Day Tours
A mountain bike day tour might be a good Byron Bay activity for the family if you’re looking for a way to see Byron Bay with the help of a guide. We would suggest the Scenic Coastal Tour, especially if you have some younger kids, because it is a half-day tour and riders’ skill levels set the pace. However, your kids need to be prepared to ride for a good two hours, so keep that in mind when deciding whether they get their own bike or whether they would be better off in the kiddie cart. The tour lasts about 3 ½ hours (two hours of cycling plus a swimming stop and a snack break) and includes helmets, snacks and water. Cost runs from $59 for under 15 to $75 per adult. If you bring your own bike, there is a $20 discount, but if you were considering hiring bikes, then participating in this Byron Bay activity would allow you to cycle without hiring a bike for the whole holiday.
Byron Bay Mountain Bike Trails
Tour de Bruns
This bike trail, just north of Byron Bay, is recommended for families due to the time length (one hour) and easy, flat terrain of the path. It starts at Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre and winds through the village. The ride takes you by the Brunswick River to Torakina Beach (a great place to stop for a swim) and then heads out to the break wall where you’ll catch views of the Byron Bay Lighthouse.
Brunswick to Byron Beach Ride
This ride, only available at low tide, takes cyclists from the Brunswick South Wall to Byron Bay along hard, flat sand. It runs about 13km and should take about 1 ½ hours to complete. Another path that is considered easy, this should be a fun one for families to appreciate beach views while riding. Be careful crossing the Belongil Creek where you could get your feet wet—perhaps take off your shoes and socks before crossing!
Byron Bay Tour
Considered a medium level ride, this tour offers a great way to explore Byron Bay but should only be done if you and your family are pretty regular bike riders. It takes about two hours to complete and travels approximately 19km. It starts and ends at the Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. Best part is this ride takes you directly to the iconic Lighthouse if you haven’t seen it yet, which would be a good time to make a stop and take in the views.
Other Byron Bay Cycling Trails
If you are staying with us at Broken Head Holiday Park (and we hope you are), there are a couple of trails nearby. These are both considered easy rides and provide awesome scenery while you pedal along.
Start off at the beachfront of Suffolk Park, where you’ll have ocean views of Tallow Beach, and follow the man-made bike path that will take you through the nature reserve. It then goes across Tallow Creek and continues into the town centre of Byron Bay. It should be completely flat, easy ride for you and your family.
Another option is riding up and down Seven Mile Beach Road, which you can hook into off Broken Head Reserve Road. From Seven Mile Beach Road, you will be riding along the Broken Head Nature Reserve, giving you amazing views of the ocean and area around us. Because you’ll be going along the nature reserve, it might be fun to bring along a picnic and stop somewhere along the way to have lunch. Or, better yet, grab dinner to go and pack up a bottle of wine (and if you have the whole family along then you can add in sparkling cider for the kids!) and after your ride, catch the sunset at Broken Head beach.
There are many more Byron Bay cycling trails, so if you’re looking for other ideas check out the bikeways put together by the Byron Shire Council.
Are you up for a Byron Bay cycling holiday?
Bring the family and book either a powered or non-powered campsite or one of the beach shacks or houses at Broken Head Holiday Park. Staying here will allow you to save money on accommodation and spend more on entertainment, such as hiring bikes or taking a bike tour to join in on the fun of Byron Bay cycling.