Brief Description of the Beaches Near Byron Bay
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Cabarita, situated on the coast road, is a small township with a long ocean beach and Norries Headland, which offers a long right hand point break. You can fish here from the beach, or in the estuary formed by Lake Cudgen. This is particularly good for children as the water is around 1 metre deep and excellent for boating, canoeing and fishing.
New Brighton, South Golden Beach and Ocean Shores
Located in the north of the shire, these beaches can be reached by road off the Pacific Highway, via north Ocean Shores and Ocean Shores.
Brunswick Heads Beach
20km north of Byron Bay, 'Bruns' has both ocean beaches and river activities. The ocean beach south of the groyne (south wall) is dog-friendly and patrolled by Surf Lifesavers in summer. There's some good fishing to be had from the bridges over the river.
Torakina Beach Brunswick Heads
A small sheltered beach near the groyne on the south side of the Brunswick River inlet. Ideal for small children, when the tide's out the river becomes a sandy playground.
Harry’s Hill Beach Brunswick Heads
A small secluded beach snuggled into the northern edge of the inlet to the river at Brunswick Heads. Harry's Hill Beach isn't the easiest to get to making it the perfect spot for a romantic picnic or a sheltered spot for the family to spend the day without any crowds.
Seven Mile Beach Lennox Head
As it names suggests, Seven Mile Beach is seven miles long. This rugged and relatively untouched expanse of beach is bordered by coastal heathland and stretches from the southern side of the Broken Head headland all the way down to the famous surf break at Lennox Point. It's a wide, relatively-deserted, open expanse of ocean beach that is frequented by beach fisherman, horse riding tours and four wheel drive adventurers.
Lighthouse Beach Ballina
Also known as Main Beach by the locals it is a great surfing and swimming area patrolled by lifeguards and volunteers from September to the end of the Easter break.
Shelly Beach Ballina
Just north of Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach faces southeast exposing it to the prevailing southerly swell. The beach is dominated by three large rips that deliver good surf, but can be a hazard for swimmers. The beach is patrolled in school holidays and there is a wading pool built into the rocks at the southern end of the beach which is perfect for toddlers.
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