Best beaches in Byron Bay
Discover a string of fine powder-like white sandy beaches that stretch for miles on either side of Cape Byron – perfect for honeymoon couples seeking a secluded beach.
To the east, Main Beach continues into Clarkes Beach, then to The Pass, Wategos Beach (photo) and Little Wategos Beach, with each of these three beaches separated by a rocky headland.
To the north, Main Beach continues into Belongil Beach, which continues into Sunrise Beach, then Tyagarah Beach and all the way to Brunswick Heads – a 14km stretch of unspoiled beach.
To the south of Cape Byron a series of beaches – Cosy Corner, Tallows Beach, Broken Head and Seven Mile Beach – stretch down the coast to Lennox Head.
Lying directly in front of the Surf Club and Byron Bay town, the beach continues eastward to merge with Clarkes Beach, and northward to merge with Belongil Beach.
From here you can snorkel out to the Tassie II, a wreck sitting off the coast. Main Beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers in summer and, being close to town, offers lots of facilities, including showers.
Curving to face north, Clarkes Beach is idyllic most of the year, except for when the northerly winds blow, when it's best to move around the headland to Cosy Corner.
The beach is wide enough for ball games, while the bay is ideal for windsurfing, body boarding and paragliding.
A surf-lifesaving team patrols the beach during summer. In winter, humpback whales may be seen frolicking with their calves on their journey back to the Antarctic.
Lying in a gap between Fisherman's Lookout and the headland, The Pass is a popular surf break and launching point for kayakers.
Climb to Fisherman's Lookout for great views over Wategos. Relax with a café or enjoy a barbecue in the shade of nearby trees.
This sheltered north-facing beach is popular year around.
Long rolling northerly swells make the beach ideal for Malibu surfboards and longboards.
Access is from Lighthouse Road and Brooke Drive. Free electric barbecues and picnic tables overlook the beach.
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Little Wategos Beach
This tiny beach is sheltered and ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Located at the end of the Cape, it’s also is a great spot for rock fishing.
Access is from Wategos Beach or the lighthouse. Overlooked by the lighthouse, Little Wategos is Australia’s most easterly beach.
This beach fronts the Beach Hotel and Byron Bay swimming pool and continues up to Belongil Creek, which is home a colony of rare Little Terns.
North of the rock wall at Byron Bay lies the wreck of the SS Wollongbar, a good place to snorkel when the sea is calm.
Beaches south of Cape Byron include…
Tucked under the south side of Cape Byron, this beach is a great sheltered spot during northerly winds.
Look out for strong rips and hang-gliders circling the lighthouse above.
The beach is part of the Arakwal National Park and is accessible from Tallow Beach Road on payment of a National Parks fee of AUD6 to park your car.
A wide beach perfect for long, uninterrupted walks, beach fishing and surfing. Swimming is not advised, as it can be dangerous. Access is from Cosy Corner or Suffolk Park.
Located at the southernmost end of Tallow Beach, Broken Head offers good surfing as well as walking tracks up around the rocky headland – the perfect spot to see birds roosting or whales frolicking in the seas below.
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