Beaches at Byron Bay

Planning on getting some surf time in over the Christmas break?  Here’s a quick guide to some of the well-known and not-so-well-known beaches around Byron. 
Byron Bay's Beaches

Byron Bay's Beaches


Byron Bay’s beaches are among some of the best in Australia.  There are approximately 30 km of beaches stretching from Broken Head in the South to Brunswick Heads in the North. The beaches are clean and uncrowded (though you’ll see more people than usual on the more popular beaches at this time of year!).

The best part about beaches here is that no matter where the wind is coming from, there are still opportunities to get out on the water.  This is because the headlands and coast shape makes surfing with offshore winds possible every day.  

Tallow Beach is a long sweeping beach with cosy corner on the Northern end and Broken Head in the South. This is a great place to find your own stretch of beach. Also popular with fisherman, surfers and dolphins. 

Broken Head is a beautiful beach protected by a rainforest headland and a series of rocky headlands. It’s a nice quiet place to relax with great waves with the right swell conditions.


Cosy Corner offers protection from the Northerlies. Facing East, it is also open to catching the biggest of swells.


Wategos is a very picturesque North facing beach popular with Malibu surfers. It is very protected and a great beach for learning how to surf. Its also an ideal place for a barbeque after a refreshing swim or surf. People like Tom Cruise, Richard Branson and Mick Jagger have holidayed here.


The Pass is one of Byron Bay’s more famous surf spots. On a good day, rides of three hundred metres are common. The view from the Pass lookout is sensational and a great place to watch the surfing action.  Don’t forget to take a good camera for action shots.


Clarkes Beach is also well protected – it is an ideal place to learn to surf and good for swimming and relaxing. The snorkeling can also be good here at times.


Main Beach is right in town and very popular with all nationalities because it is so close to everything, including a quick  beer, ice cream or coffee. Byron’s main beach is patrolled  by surf lifesavers through the summer months. It is a great place to get a tan and watch the backpackers at play.

You can check out current surf conditions are all beaches on this Surf Cam

Do you have a favourite beach?  Let us know! 

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