Byron Bay Beaches


Learn to surf

Byron Bay is blessed with a cluster of idyllic beaches. Main Beach is popular with families and Little Wategos is secluded and Australia's easternmost beach. With the seaside town's surfing tradition, learn to surf schools will have you riding waves in no time.

  • Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Byron Bay
  • Wategos Beach, Byron Bay

Enjoy idyllic beaches in Byron Bay

Main Beach is directly in front of Byron Bay, a delightful seaside town on the North Coast of NSW. The beach is a great location for families and a stroll from beachfront cafes and restaurants and the Beach Hotel, a pub with a great beer garden.

At the south-eastern end of Main Beach is the more sheltered Clarkes Beach. Both beaches are popular with surf schools including Style Surfing School and Surfing Byron Bay. Nearby is The Pass, one of the iconic surf breaks in Byron Bay and challenging in a big swell.

Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay

Rusty Miller Surf offers lessons at The Pass and at Wategos Beach, below the Cape Byron walking track that offers spectacular views on the way to Cape Byron Lighthouse. You'll find some of Australia's most luxurious beachside accommodation at Wategos, such as Rae's on Wategos.

Resident bottlenose dolphins often play in the waves at Wategos Beach, which has picnic areas. To reach Little Wategos, Australia's most easterly beach, take a path from Wategos Beach or walk down from Cape Byron headland. The beach is a great spot for fishing.

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these 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 beaches by visiting

  1. Broken Head Picnic Area

    Indulge in some picnicking, swimming, surfing, and birdwatching, while discovering a secluded paradise where lush rainforest meets the beach.Just a short drive or bike ride from Byron Bay, and you can enjoy...

  2. Lighthouse Beach Ballina

    Stroll along walking tracks and view birds (migratory, shore and bush) as they fly, feed and roost. Watch for echidnas, lizards, frogs, wallabies, and humpback whales migrating between June and October, and see...

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