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....
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.
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.
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.