Beaches - Byron Bay Area


Beautiful beaches and great surf

Make the most of the Byron Bay region's gorgeous beaches swimming, surfing, kayaking and fishing, or roll out your towel and relax on the soft sand. One of Australia's top surfing locations is at Lennox Head, where you'll find the world-famous Lennox Point.

  • Tallows Beach, Byron Bay
  • Benlongil Beach, Byron Bay

Superb beach holidays in the Byron Bay Area

Escape to the magnificent beaches of the Byron Bay region, on the North Coast of NSW. Surrounded by natural beauty, you'll find it easy to unwind and relax on soft sand. Enjoy invigorating swims in crystal-clear water and glorious sunrises over the deep blue ocean.

Accommodation options near beautiful beaches range from luxury spa resorts and retreats to budget holiday parks and campgrounds, such as North Coast Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach, Broken Head Holiday Park and Flat Rock Tent Park, to name just a few.

Many of the area's beaches are patrolled seasonally, though Main Beach has lifeguards year-round. The shallow tidal pools of Clarkes Beach are popular too. With perfect waves, there are plenty of surf schools including Surfing Byron Bay, Style Surfing School and Kool Katz Learn to Surf School.

You can even join a surf safari from Sydney with the likes of MojoSurf and Surfaris and travel to Byron Bay. If you're an experienced surfer, test your skills at Lennox Point, a world-famous point break in Lennox Head, or inside the north wall at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina.

Other exciting water activities include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing. For a bird's-eye view of the coast, take a ride in a hot-air balloon with Byron Bay Ballooning or go hang-gliding with Flight Zone Hang Gliding School and Byron Airwaves Hang Gliding School. You can also amble along spectacular coastal trails such as the Cape Byron walking track, a 3.7 km loop.

  • Whales in Byron Bay

    Whale Watching

    Choose from one of the many great whale watching vantage points located along Byron Bay’s scenic coast and spot the grand mammals as they move past the town during their annual migration from May to November. Join a guided whale watching tour and enjoy ideal views while gaining valuable knowledge from trained staff.

  • Channon Markets, Byron


    Take your pick from locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and more during a visit to Bangalow Markets. Find a quirky gift, a new addition to your wardrobe or a unique artisan work at Channon Craft Market, or head to Byron Bay Community Market for an eclectic mix of stalls, food vendors and live entertainment.

  • Cape Byron Lighthouse

    Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse

    Spend time admiring the beauty of Cape Byron Headland’s imposing sea cliffs, diverse coastal wild flowers and the surrounding golden beaches. Discover the history of the Cape Byron Lighthouse or revel in the spectacular ocean views offered by the Australian mainland’s most easterly point, Cape Byron.

Enjoy Sydney's beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.


Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting


  1. Lennox Head Beach

    Lennox Head Beach

    Lennox Head was declared a National Surfing Reserve in February 2007, the third site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing and the largest in Australia, it runs 7.2 kilometres from...

  2. Palm Valley

    Palm Valley

    Not far from Byron Bay’s iconic lighthouse, Palm Valley - or ‘The Pass,’ as locals call it - is a terrific base for exploring nearby attractions. Delicious, seasonal meals can be found at The Pass Cafe, or take...

  3. Ballina Surfing Beaches

    Ballina Surfing Beaches

    Whether you're a toddler dipping your toes in for the first time, or a world-class surfer, with over 32 kilometres of coastline to choose from, it's easy to find the ideal swimming or surfing spot in Ballina....

  4. Main Beach Byron Bay

    Main Beach Byron Bay

    With stunning views of distant mountains and passing whales and dolphins, these white sandy beaches have a northerly aspect. Main Beach is dominated by the Surf Club and is patrolled by Surf...

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