Description of Byron Bay's Beaches

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Belongil Beach Byron Bay

Stretching from Byron Bay north to Belongil Creek and beyond, Belongil is partly dog-friendly. Belongil Creek harbours a colony of rare Little Terns, and care must be taken not to disturb them in any way. Just north of the rock wall at Byron Bay is the wreck of the SS Wollongbar, a great place to explore with a mask and snorkel when the sea is calm. Parts of Belongil beach are 'clothes optional'. More info

The Wreck Byron Bay

More a surf break created by the wreck of the SS Wollongbar. Located just off the Main Beach car park at the end of Jonson Street. More info

Main Beach Byron Bay

This is the main beach directly in front of the town of Byron Bay, and continuing southward (actually eastward) to Clarkes Beach. Main Beach is dominated by the Surf Club and is patrolled by Surf Lifesavers in summer. Swim between the flags and always wear a hat and sunscreen. From here you can snorkel out to the Tassie II, a wreck off the coast. More info

Clarkes (Clarks) Beach Byron Bay

Filling the space between Main Beach and The Pass, Clarkes Beach is north-facing and idyllic most of the year. Only when the northerlies blow does Clarkes become less than perfect. An extra surf-lifesaving team patrols this beach in summer. The Bay here is ideal for windsurfing, body-boarding and paragliding. In winter humpback whales have been known to frolic with their calves on their way back to the Antarctic. More info

The Pass Byron Bay

The Pass is a gap between Fisherman's Lookout and the headland. It is the most popular surf break on the north coast, but also where the dive boats launch, so be careful. Fisherman's Lookout is a wooden platform from where you can check out the surf as well as the fish. More info

Wategos (Watego's) Beach Byron Bay

Just over a small headland from Clarkes, and sometimes accessible by the beach, Watego's is a sheltered north-facing beach very popular all the year round. Free electric barbecues and picnic tables complete the picture. Northerly swells make Watego's Beach ideal for malibus. Access via Lighthouse Road and turn left into Brooke Drive. More info

Little Wategos Byron Bay

At the end of the Cape, Little Wategos is a great rock fishing spot. Inaccessible by car (you have to walk over the path from Wategos or down from the lighthouse precinct) Little Wategos is overlooked by the lighthouse and most easterly point. A lovely sheltered spot for sunbathing and swimming. More info

Cosy Corner Byron Bay

Tucked under the south side of Cape Byron, Cosy Corner is a nice sheltered spot when the northerlies are blowing. Now protected by the Arakwal National Park, the beach is accessible down Tallow Beach Road, where you'll have to pay National Parks $6 to park your car. Beware of the surf here, as it is sometimes subject to strong rips. From here you can see the hang-gliders swooping from their launching pad overhead. More info

Tallow Beach Byron Bay

Stretching south from Cosy Corner to Broken Head, Tallow Beach is good for beach fishing. The surf here is choppy and erratic, so beware. Tallow Beach is accessible by walking south from Cosy Corner, or from several small car parks off Alcorn Street in Suffolk Park, and is dog-friendly for several kilometres. Access through Suffolk Park, via Clifford Street, off Broken Head Road just south of Byron Bay. More info

Broken Head Beach

Accessed via Grays Lane (near the airfield) through the National Park, Tyagarah is a remote beach, parts of which are designated 'clothes optional'. More info

Whites Beach Broken Head

A hidden gem that's a bit tricky to get to but definitely worth the effort. Situated at the southern end of Broken Head, Whites Beach is only accessible by a dirt road and then a 15 minute walk along a track through the littoral rainforest over the headland. If you're not afraid of a little adventure, then Whites is a great alternative to the busier town beaches, particularly in the summer months. be prepared for some steep hiking and take a packed lunch!

Brays Beach Broken Head

Bray's Beach, named after one of the orginal Arakwal families living in the area, is approximately 250 mteres long and is backed by a rear cobble beach. It can only be accessed along a dirt track south of Kings.

Kings Beach Broken Head

An unofficial clothes optional beach, Kings Beach is the first beach you come to along the dirt road leading over the headland at Broken Head. The sand isn't always present but the beach can be up to 100 metres long in the right conditions.

Tyagarah Beach Byron Bay

Accessed via Grays Lane (near the airfield) through the National Park, Tyagarah is a remote beach, parts of which are designated 'clothes optional'. More info

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