Byron Bay Beaches! ☀️

The days are getting hotter which means that it’s Summer! The days are also getting longer which means more time to spend at the beach!

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, with many different options for water sports, beach activities, exploring or just relaxing.



Stretching to the north of Byron, Belongil Beach is one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area. It has lovely views up the coast, tall sand dunes and a secluded feeling making it ideal for walking or relaxing. You can walk there from town via Main Beach and there’s a track to the Belongil cafes, including the Tree House which is a great venue for food, drinks and live music.



To the left of the Main Beach car park, at the start of Belongil beach, is the Wreck. More of a surf break than a beach of its own, it’s named after the wreck of the SS Wollongbar, which sticks out of the water just beyond the waves. Mostly popular with surfers, there are no lifeguards and can get a little wilder than some of the other swimming beaches near town, but there’s often more space on the sand for beach games like cricket or soccer.

Surfing Late in to the Afternoon at the Wreck Byron Bay


Just a short walk from the centre town, Main Beach is Byron’s most popular beach. With Julian Rocks visible on the horizon and the Byron lighthouse overlooking it from the headland, it’s Byron’s iconic beach spot. There are grassy hills behind the beach perfect for picnicking, as well as BBQs and other facilities. Lifeguards from the local surf club patrol the water so it’s a safe swimming beach.



Clarkes is further down the sand from Main Beach, along the curve of the bay. Patrolled in the summer by lifeguards, it’s a safe place to swim that’s just past the heart of the town. It’s got a permanent beach volleyball net and rocky areas for snorkeling, plus there’s usually a bit more space on the sand to spread out or play beach games.



Further along from Clarkes at the other end of the bay is The Pass. With views of Julian rocks, Main Beach, Belongil and the hinterland beyond, it’s one of the most picturesque spots in Byron Bay. It’s also a famous surf break renowned for its long waves, which can be ridden all the way to Clarkes when the conditions are right. It’s a beautiful walk along the sand from town and has a lookout that oversees the entire bay.



Nestled at the foot of the headland, around the corner from The Pass, is Wategos beach. Secluded in a beautiful forest bay of its own, it’s popular with surfers and swimmers alike. With waves wrapping around the headland that offer long, leisurely rides and plenty of shallow areas that are great for kids, Wategos is the epitome of a family beach. It’s also one of Byron’s best picnic spots because it’s in its element at dusk.



As the name suggests, Little Wategos is similar to Wategos beach but on a smaller scale. It’s just around the corner from Wategos and is easy to get to along the sand in low tide. When the water’s up high, it can be reached by a longer walk over the headland. Because of this dependence on the tides, it’s often unoccupied, making it feel like your own private beach.



The other side of the headland is less protected than the bay. The beaches here get more wind and are often choppier, but they also usually have bigger waves. The first of these is Cosy Corner. It’s nestled at the bottom of the headland so it’s partially protected from the wind. With cleanly formed, decent sized waves, it’s a favourite among the local surfers.



Further down from Cosy Corner on this side of the headland is Tallow Beach. With various breaks along it, there’s the potential to get a surfing spot all to yourself. It’s dog friendly and has views of the headlands further down the coast, so it’s also a nice beach for walking.



In the middle of the open stretch of sand to the south of Byron Bay is Suffolk Beach. A five-minute drive from town, it’s dog friendly, usually virtually empty and has stunning views of both Byron Bay and Broken Head. Long and unprotected, it’s often windier than the bay and has good surf breaks at various points along it.



On the other end of the sand from the Cape Byron Headland is Broken Head beach. Protected by its own headland and surrounded by rainforest, it’s popular with both surfers and swimmers. A ten-minute drive from Byron, it has views of the lighthouse on its northern horizon and it’s quieter than the beaches closer to the town.



Just around the corner from Broken Head is the beautifully remote Kings beach. Although not officially a nude beach, it’s often treated as it is so beware if visiting with children. Kings is a little tricky to get to, but worth it once you’re there. It’s accessible by driving across the top of the headland along a gravel road, just off Broken Head’s main road. Once you reach the Kings car park, it’s a steep ten-minute walk down to beach.



Further around the headland from Kings is the less well-known Whites beach. Reachable in the same way, its walking track is a little further along the gravel road. Nestled in the heart of the Broken Head rainforest, Whites is stunningly secluded and is one of the quietest beaches in the Byron area.


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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Surf Lesson! September 16

It is a beautiful day in Byron Bay and we are making the most of it here at Lexis Byron Bat! This morning eight students and myself headed down to The Wreck for a surf lesson with the team at Let’s Go Surfing!


We had two awesome instructors, Blake and Johnny, teaching us how to surf. We were split into two groups – five who had never surfed before, and four of us who had done it once or twice in the past.

After getting kitted out with our wetsuits and surfboards, we first learnt a few of the basic skills about surfing while still on the beach. We learnt not only how to paddle and stand up on the board, but also about how to spot the best part of the beach to surf at and identifying rips.


The surf was a little rough but still small enough for us as beginners to feel confident in the water. We each caught wave after wave, putting what we had learnt on the beach into practice and eventually standing up!


A few of the students seemed to be naturals at surfing, and were standing up and riding the waves in no time at all. During just one hour in the water, they were able to keep improving and refining their skills to become more confident with their surfing.

Everyone managed to stand up at least once or twice by the end of the lesson and there was a smile on every student’s face the whole time!



Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Surf Lesson! September 8

This afternoon 14 of our Lexis students headed out into the ocean for the 1-hour Surf Lesson with the awesome team at Let’s Go Surfing! 


For almost the whole group, this was their first time on a surfboard so they were very excited to be able to learn in such a great location as Byron Bay. After getting kitted out with their wetsuits and surfboards, they headed down to the beach at The Wreck, learnt the basics of surfing and then were straight into the water. Everyone managed to stand up (with a few spectacular falls on the way!) and had a lot of fun learning this great Aussie past-time.

Thanks to Blake and Johnny, the instructors for the lesson today!



Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Surf Lesson! August 8

Last week, on Wednesday, we had our 1-hour Surf Lesson. After getting our wetsuits on, carrying the surfboards, walking down to the beach and being taught a few of the basics on the sand, there came a rumble of thunder and crack of lightning over the ocean! The storm was forecast to pass right over Byron Bay, so unfortunately it was not safe to continue our lesson. Not to be put off by this, we rescheduled our lesson for the next week and we went along to learn to surf yesterday afternoon!


The weather was looking nice and the surf conditions good, so we quickly put on our wetsuits, grabbed the surfboards and walked down to the beach to begin our lesson. Our instructor Katie recapped the basic skills we had learnt last week but not been able to put into practice yet, and we were soon in the water to test them out!


We caught a few waves to get the feel of being out in the surf, then returned to the sand to learn to most important part – how to stand up. Katie gave us some excellent advice on how to do this, then we were back in the water to try it ourselves.


The first few times, while still getting used to the feel of being on the surfboard and trying to remember everything we had been taught, resulted in falling off the board almost as soon as getting to our feet! But with a bit more practice and the ongoing support of our instructor, each and every one of us managed to get to our feet and stay standing on the board to ride some small waves.


It was a lot of fun and all of us are keen to get back out there as soon as possible! Thanks to our wonderful instructor Katie from the team at Let’s Go Surfing for teaching us how to surf!



Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.