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Must Visit Beaches Of Byron Bay

beaches of byron bay

Beaches of Byron Bay

Byron Bay is home to some amazing beaches, and if you’re looking to escape from the hustle of the Gold Coast, Byron is the perfect place to relax. Known for long sandy beaches and some pretty good surf breaks, all the locals have their favourite locations.

Let’s explore some of the beaches in Byron Bay where you can laze away the day, or pop down for a swim before you get back on the Bums on Seats bus to head back to Brisbane.

The Wreck

Home to a surf break created by the remains of the SS Wollongbar which can be fantastic at time, and a bit of a disappointment to surfers at other times. The Wreck is located right in town, so is easy to access for a quick swim.

Main Beach

Dominated by the Surf Club and patrolled during the summer months, Main Beach is the perfect place for a swim, laze or to let the kids play on the beach. It is one of the most popular beaches and therefore can be quite busy, but with the park setting behind a great location for a beachy picnic, Main Beach is a great go-to point when visiting Byron.

Main Beach Byron Bay

Main Beach. Image:

The Pass

Located between the headland and Fisherman’s Lookout, The Pass is one of the most popular surf breaks along the NSW north coast. You do need to be careful, as the dive boats launch from this area, but you can always check out the surf or watching for passing whales from Fisherman’s Lookout. It might be one of the more crowded surf breaks, but it is pretty laid back and relaxed with everyone just wanting to catch a great wave.


Wategos is located right on the western side of Cape Byron and is well known for being the spot to learn to surf in Byron. It’s a picturesque beach and can easily be accessed with a 30-minute walk along the walking track from the centre of town. With a 600m long sheltered beach, rock pools and picnic spots, you can even take an afternoon walk up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse.

Wategos Beach Byron Bay

Wategos. Image: Byron4Kids

Little Wategos

You’ll find Little Wategos right at the end of the Cape and it is perfect for fishing. You can’t access this beach by car, so will need to walk along the path from Wategos. It’s a sheltered beach that’s great for swimming and sun bathing.

Clarkes Beach

Located between The Pass and Main Beach, Clarkes Beach is a great spot all year round, except with the northerly winds are blowing. Patrolled by surf lifesavers throughout summer, Clarkes is great for windsurfing, paragliding and body boarding. Heading to Byron in winter? From Clarkes, you should get some great views of passing the whales and their calves.

Clarkes Beach. Image: Elements of Byron


Belongil Beach

Not a fan of beach swimming but still love a good beach walk? You can walk from Belongil Beach to The Pass in around an hour. The Belongil Estuary is located along the beach, around a 2.5km walk north of Byron Bay, and you’ll find a number of birds and wildlife that call the Estuary home, including the endangered Little Tern.  Walkers should be aware that there is a 600m stretch of Belongil Beach which is clothing optional.

Love a visit to Byron Bay? Bums on Seats Tours can take you there. Discover the Tweed Valley, Cape Byron, Cape Byron Headland Reserve and Tropical Fruit World as well as getting a chance to discover the town of Byron and the amazing beaches. Book your tour.