Byron Bay Area Beaches
There are few places on Earth that offer the stunning selection of beaches of the Byron Bay region. With over 30km of beaches in the region, you could spend an entire holiday by the ocean. Whether you’re a surfer, a sunbather, a hiker or someone who likes a social scene on the sand, the Byron Bay area has the perfect spot for you.
Surfers have the opportunity to find perfect, uncrowded waves all across the area. Lennox Head is one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves and its most famous break, Lennox point, is one of the country’s go-to places when big swell hits the coast. Further south in Ballina, catch a wave off Shelly Beach.
People come from around the world to surf at Byron Bay – try your luck at The Pass, The Wreck, Belongil Beach or Wategos. Brunswick Heads and New Brighton also have a variety of breaks along their open beaches, while the river entrance to Brunswick Heads is every local legend’s most revered surfing spot.
First timers can book in a lesson with one of the many surf schools around the Byron Bay area, like Lets Go Surfing, Style Surfing School, Soul Surf School and Kool Katz. If you’re looking for the full surfie experience, sign up for a multi-day surf camp with MojoSurf or Surfaris. Both offer tours for all levels of experience.
Swimming and family beaches
The most popular beach in the area is Main Beach in Byron Bay. It’s right in the middle of town and is patrolled year-round. Wategos and Clarkes beaches are also patrolled in Summer, and Little Wategos is the town’s most sheltered beach. Lennox Head also offers patrolled swimming beaches as well as the freshwater lagoon, Lake Ainsworth.
Beach-goers looking for safe swimming have it all at Brunswick Heads. There’s calm water beaches to swim at near the mouth of the Brunswick River, particularly at Torikina Beach Reserve. Ballina offers safe, patrolled swimming at various beaches across town, including Lighthouse Beach and East Ballina’s Shelly Beach and Flat Rock.
Snorkelling and diving
The world beneath the ocean in the Cape Byron Marine Park is just as impressive. Snorkel or scuba dive at Julian Rocks, one of Australia’s best underwater sites, just off the coast of Cape Byron. Lennox Reef, known as ‘the moat’, sits around 200m off Seven Mile Beach and is popular for snorkelling.
Make the most of your beach break and stay right by the water. In Byron Bay, Elements of Byron sprawls along 22 hectares of absolute beachfront at the northern end of town. The luxurious Raes on Wategos looks out over its namesake beach and Tallow Beach Houses are tucked into a nature reserve behind the sand.
There’s plenty of beachfront accommodation for budget travellers too. Reflections Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach has all with direct access to one of Byron’s best beaches. Find more waterside holiday parks at Suffolk Park, Broken Head and Lennox Head. Reflections Holiday Parks Ballina is on the edge of the tranquil Richmond River.