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. 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. Wategos Beach

    Located just north west of Cape Byron and the lighthouse, Wategos Beach is one of Byron’s best places to picnic, paddle and play.You’ll adore the peaceful beauty of this sheltered beach on the northern side...

  3. 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....

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