Wategos is arguably the most beautiful of all the Byron Bay beaches. A protected inlet, nestled underneath the Cape Byron Lighthouse, it enjoys crystal clear waters and great surf all year round. Home to a large pod of friendly dolphins, you can often catch them surfing the waves alongside the board-riders.  A great place to enjoy a beach BBQ and watch the spectacular sunsets. Also located at the base of the Lighthouse track, you can take a walk up to Byron’s highest vantage point, to spot whales in the distance or enjoy a coffee and an ice cream from the Lighthouse café.

Clarkes Beach / ‘The Pass’

Beautiful Clarkes Beach is home to Byron Bay’s most famous surfing location ‘The Pass’. Arguably one of Australia’s best east coast point breaks, it has been attracting surfers to the areas since the 1970’s. Hit the water with your board, swim, bodysurf or watch all the action from ‘The Pass’ lookout.

What makes ‘The Pass’ such a special location is not only the world famous surf, but also its subtropical rainforest surrounds that come down to meet the ocean, the crystal clear water and the fact that it is one of the best vantage points to watch the magnificent sunsets over Mount Warning.

Main Beach

Located directly in front of the heart of Byron Bay, with an all year round Lifeguard patrolled, flagged area. A great spot for families and an easy walk to the beach for those staying in the Byron CBD. After a day on the beach, stroll up to one of the local gelato shops and grab a treat.

Belongil Beach / ‘The Wreck’ (dog friendly)

A long stretch of beach to the left of the Byron CBD. Majority of this beach is dog friendly, so is a great place to spend the day with the whole family. Also home to the popular surfing and snorkelling spot, known as ‘The Wreck’.

The SS Wollongbar ran ashore in storms in 1921, after being mostly stripped for her parts the frame remains and has become a beautiful marine ecosystem, where you can snorkel and see turtles or on the right conditions catch a wave. There are also, numerous banks dotted all along Belongil Beach where you can often catch some surf.

Belongil, is also the best place in town to watch the sun set in spectacular colours. With the sound of the local drumming circle in the background, it’s a pretty magical way to celebrate the end of a beautiful Byron Bay day.

Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach stretches all the way from underneath the Cape Byron Lighthouse to Suffolk Park. Being such a large stretch of beach, the locals have a few different names for the areas along Tallow Beach including – ‘Cosy Corner’ which is the left hand, point break nestled right underneath The Lighthouse, ‘Dolphins’ which is the section of beach stretching from Beachcomber Drive to Suffolk Park and ‘Suffolk’ which is the dog friendly part of Tallow Beach.

‘Cosy Corner’ – A well know short boarders, left hand point break. A popular beach with Byron Bay locals and a great place to spend the day when there is a northerly wind.

‘Dolphins’ – A quiet and secluded area of Tallow Beach, where you can escape the crowds.

‘Suffolk’ (dog friendly) – Majority of the Suffolk Park end of Tallow Beach is dog friendly (look out for the signs). A great place to escape the Byron Bay crowds and spend the day on the beach with the whole family.

Broken Head

Located at the southern end of Tallow Beach. Broken Head is another of Byron Bay’s well-known surfing spots, a popular break with short board riders. There is also a walking track that takes you through the rainforest and around to the headland, which overlooks neighbouring beaches and the ‘Three Sisters’ – a group of rocks sitting just off the headland.

Secret Back Beaches

On your way down to Broken Head you might notice a dirt road that runs off to the right. If you follow this road it will take you to some of the areas lessor known but equally as beautiful and seemingly untouched beaches. The beaches that can be accessed from this road include – Kings Beach (Nude Beach), Bray’s Beach and Whites Beach which are approx a 10-15 min bush walk to reach and 7 Mile beach, which is right at the end of the dirt road and a short stroll over the sand dunes. It is a dirt road, the entire way along and conditions of the road may vary, so a sturdy car is recommended.