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Beach Guide

Byron Bay is a surfing mecca and it's no wonder with pristine north, south and east facing beaches there is always a wave to be found at one of Byron's world class surf breaks. Our accommodation choices can be found within easy reach to many of these beaches and some even have direct beach access!

Locals tip: All Byron's beaches have paid parking so be sure to choose accommodation that is handy to your favorite beach spot. During summer most beaches except Tallows have seasonal lifesaver patrols however it is best to check with the Byron surf club.

The Wreck Beach

Located immediately to the north of the car park at the top of Jonson Street is the Wreck Beach.  Named after the wreck of the SS Wollongbar lying in the sand this beach is a point break. It is a lovely beach never crowded yet close to town if you want to grab some fish and chips or an ice cream from the shop at the Byron Bay Olympic pool which fronts the car park at the top of Jonson Street. Many surf schools use this beach for learn to surf lessons and we have a lot of villas and houses with direct access to this beach.  At the northern end of this beach where it meets with Belongil the beach becomes pet friendly. Over summer there is a surf lifesaving patrol at this beach however there are no flags.

Main Beach

Main Beach is a beach break located in front of the Byron Bay surf club.  This beach is patrolled as its at the Surf Club and is always popular and busy.  You can sit in the park which overlooks the beach under the shady Norfolk Island Pines and there is also a children's playground in this park. There are public toilets at Main Beach in the surf club. The park has a good walking/jogging track which runs along this stretch of beach and is the start of the walk to the Byron Bay lighthouse which is an experience not to be missed.  There is a handy beach hire shop at 31 Lawson Street directly under Bay Lane Penthouse and The Beach Penthouse where you can hire beach equipment from surf boards to beach umbrellas and bicycles!

Clarkes Beach

Clarkes Beach is the next beach on from Main Beach heading in the direction of the Light House.  Clarkes Beach is very popular with families and surfers and is the departure point for all the sea kayaking tours which you can book directly from there little shop in the park.  Overlooking this beach is the The Beach Cafe, where you can have a lazy breakfast or lunch overlooking the beach and stunning scenery.

The Pass

Traveling east you'll come to The Pass is and runs from Clarkes Beach to the point at the end of the beach. There is a viewing tower at the point which you can climb up to check out the surf and also see dolphins and turtles form this vantage point. The Pass is a beautiful north facing beach which looks across the ocean to the hinterland and Mt warning beyond. The Pass is a very long right hand point break, and is popular with long board riders and is always busy. Its a great place for kids with boggie boards or surfboards to enjoy the surf and is a great learn to surf spot!  Because the beach faces north, the waves run down the side of the beach. Once you catch the wave to shore simply get out, walk up the beach and get on another wave!! Take care when surfing or swimming close to the point as this is where the dive boats to Julian Rocks Marine Park launch from.

Cosy Corner & Talllow Beach

Located directly to the south of the Light house headland is Cosy Corner the northern end of Tallow Beach. Hang gliders launch from the headland reserve above this beach. There can be strong rips so take care and really we only recommend this beach to experienced surfers. Beach breaks are located all along Tallow Beach and Tallow beach is pet friendly so you can walk your dogs on this beach.  This is an excellent spot for beach fishing look out for the locals for the best spots!

Wategos Beach

Moving on from the Pass is Wategos Beach a great spot to have a BBQ picnic on the grassy area under Pandanus trees overlooking the beach. This is not a big beach and is popular with Malibu board riders. There is not a lot of parking at Wategos beach and there are no shops so take refreshments along with you. At low tide walk to the eastern end of the beach and explore the rock pools!