Here in the Northern Rivers NSW there are plenty of opportunities for a family day out in nature. From cycling along the river to exploring farms, beaches, rainforests and trails... we are really spoilt for choice!

Children love to be outdoors and it's a unique opportunity to see the world through their eyes. Allow yourself twice as much time as you normally would, so you are not too rushed. Make time to stop, observe and marvel with your children. Consider taking a small bucket with you to collect and store the magical little things they find along the way. Talk about what you are seeing, how things smell, what things feel like. Point out the different plants, trees and animals that you may encounter. Look for interesting shapes, colours or textures. No matter how young your children are, these experiences will stay with them for life.


Here is a list of nature spaces, playgrounds and outdoor adventures in Ballina, Byron Bay and beyond. Make sure you keep coming back to the pages as we'll add more as we explore!

About us​

Big Scrub Nature Play offers nature playgroups and forest school sessions in Lennox Head, Ballina and Byron hinterland. We provide a warm, inviting and stimulating environment which nurtures children and embraces families as partners in a community of learners.


Big Scrub Nature Play acknowledges that we work and play together on the traditional land of the Bundjalung people.

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