Byron Bay – The Quick and Easy Guide

Byron Bay Beaches

Located at Australia’s most eastern point, Byron Bay has a variety of beaches, all of them popular for different reasons. However what sets Byron Bay apart from most other Australian beaches is that, when an on-shore wind is blowing on one, you’ll be able to find another that provides for that ultimate calm Australian beach experience.

Main Beach

The name says it all – this is Byron Bay’s main- and most popular beach. It’s patrolled by Surf Lifesavers from the Surf Club during summer and has ample safety advice, perfect for families and those who like to take life one step at a time.

Things to do here include a short walk through bush and a stretch of rainforest to the lighthouse and the actual most easterly point.

If a northerly wind is blowing, just head to Cosy Corner where you’ll be able to reap the benefits of the Australian sun.

Belongil Beach

Located right next to Main Beach and stretching all the way past Belongil Creek is Belongil Beach. Contrary to its vibrant neighbour, this stretch of sand provides young and old with the opportunity to get to know nature in an unspoilt state. You’ll be able to walk for miles but might just come across people walking their dogs (yes, this beach is dog-friendly).

If you’re bringing the kids or anyone who might be offended by nudity, then we’d advise against north Belongil Beach where, although unofficial, those with naturist inclinations often walk around or swim in a state devoid of clothing.

The Pass

Eastward of Main Beach you’ll find Clarkes Beach. Just beyond that is The Pass, bordered on the other side by Fisherman’s Lookout and the headland.

The Pass is one of the most popular surf spots in the Byron Bay area as well as the north coast and is also the location where many kayaks and dive boats are launched (which means, if you’re in the water, take care!).

If there’s a southerly or easterly wind blowing on Main Beach, then The Pass should be your destination of choice.

Other Beaches..

The amount of other beaches in and around Byron bay are numerous. Here’s a short list of the remainder that deserves just as much detail as the three above, but for which we unfortunately do not have enough space.

– Clarkes Beach

– Wategos Beach

– Little Wategos Beach

– Cosy Corner

– Tallow Beach

– Broken Head

– King’s Beach

– Brays Beach

– Whites Beach

– Brunswick Heads

– Tyagarah Beach

– Cabarita Beach

– New Brighton

– South Golden Beach

– Ocean Shores

These beaches are as idyllic as some of their names, so be sure to pay them a visit when you’re in the Byron Bay area.

Byron Bay Activities

Not everyone likes the beach – it’s a fact some can’t understand, and others agree with. Luckily Byron Bay offers everyone something to do that doesn’t necessarily involve sun, sea and surf. Here’s a short list of our favourites:

The Wreck

Whenever you feel like taking a stroll along the beach, be sure to check out the wreck of the SS Wollongbar. It’s located at the end of Johnson Street just off Belongil Beach.


Yes, we know this is supposed to be a list of ‘other things to do’ that doesn’t necessarily involve sand, sun or beautifully tanned bodies. But luckily you’ll be submerged while taking one of the numerous diving tours Byron Bay has to offer.


They’re safe, they’re fun and they’re something to tell your children about. This is the ideal activity for those who want to try something different or who are considering a career in aviation.

Whale Watching

Australia’s east coast Humpback can be seen from the shore as it migrates for the season. If you’re in the area between June and August, be sure to stop at Cape Byron and give audience to some of the largest mammals on the planet.

Circus School

Not many places offer its visitors the chance to learn some invaluable circus skills. If you’re older than five and have always wanted to clown around, then this is the thing for you!

Hang Gliding

In a place that offers so much, the thrill of hang gliding should be expected, naturally. Whether you’re a pro or someone who have always wondered what it would be like to race through the skies like a giant bird, you’ll find this an experience not to be missed!