Beaches - Byron Bay Area


Make the most of the Byron Bay area’s pristine beaches by getting active either on or in the water. Spend time surfing, kayaking, fishing, sailing on a boat or simply enjoying a swim in deep blue waters.

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

Beach holidays around Byron Bay

Belongil Beach

Home to golden sands, deep blue waters and scenic surrounds, the beaches surrounding Byron Bay present endless opportunities to enjoy natural beauty, regardless of whether you want to get active and see the sights or simply spend the day resting under the warm sun.

Many of the Byron Bay area’s pristine beaches are patrolled seasonally during summer and school holidays, with plenty of family-friendly swimming spots available. The shallow tidal pools of Clarkes Beach, the protected swimming area of The Pass and the popular Main Beach are all favourites among locals and visitors alike.

While visiting the NSW North Coast, learn how to surf from an expert at one of the many accredited surf schools found along the popular stretch of coastline, such as Surfing Byron Bay and Style Surfing School, or head out on your own and catch a break at one of the Byron Bay area’s surfing beaches. Stop by Lennox Head Beach to test the famed righthand point-break or try your luck inside the north wall at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach. Be sure to check the conditions before entering the surf.

There are plenty of other water-based activities to experience around the area. Spend time kayaking, fishing, sailing or stand up paddleboarding as you enjoy the impressive scenery of the Byron Bay region. For another angle, witness Australia’s most eastern point from above aboard a hot air balloon or helicopter ride with groups such as Byron Bay Ballooning.

There are also many opportunities to take in the beauty of Byron Bay’s beaches out of the water, with plenty of scenic coastal walks to follow and lookouts to visit. The Cape Byron walking track makes its way through ancient rainforest to clifftops offering prime views of the ocean and beaches below, while the Pat Morton Lookout provides an ideal vantage point to watch surfers and swimmers out on the waters of Byron Bay. Make the most of Byron’s stunning coastline with a stroll along the coast as the sun rises, or enjoy a pre-dinner walk on the beach as the sun sets in spectacular fashion.

  • 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.

Make sure you read any safety signs at the beach and 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 and find a patrolled beach by visiting