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The Best Beaches of Byron Bay

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-two year old girl living in Brisbane. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've seen and where I want to! ✌🏻
Published July 18th 2017
Enjoy the turquoise water of the most Easterly point of Oz
Byron Bay has always been a popular holiday destination for Aussies, backpackers and overseas visitors for its incredible location on the south-east coast of Australia offering plenty to do. With pristine beaches and some amazing dive and snorkel sites - it is a must do on any ocean lovers to-do list. This list comprises 3 of the best of Byron's beaches to visit when in town, with each having their own special reason as to why.

Best Beaches of Byron Bay
View from The Pass lookout


Wategoes Beach

Wategoes Beach - Byron Bay
Wategoes


Arguably the most well-known, 'Wategoes Beach' is the perfect place to have a picnic, go for a paddle or simply sunbathe on of the most scenic beaches that Australia's coastlines have to offer.

It's also an incredible spot to see a jaw-dropping sunset! You'll find Wategoes Beach just north-west of the Cape of Byron & only a two-kilometre distance from the town centre.

Clarke's Beach & The Pass

Beaches of Byron Bay; Clarkes Beach
Clarkes Beach - a lot more space than Main Beach


Eastward from the Main Beach of Byron Bay, you will find Clarkes Beach which then connects to The Pass. Both I feel definitely deserved a spot on the Best Beaches of Byron Bay. Although they technically lie next to one another both offer something different to next. Clarkes Beach facing the north is relatively idyllic weather year round (except if the Northerly winds start to kick in). It is the perfect place to take a dip and sunbathe and it's also a great starting point that facilitates a lot of the Water Sports based companies in Byron. Whether you're a diver, snorkeler, kayaker or boarder; Clarkes Beach offers the perfect launching position.

The Pass is located towards Cape Byron on the southern end (technically east) of Clarkes Beach. It is known as a world-class site for surfers due to the positioning of the bay that creates long, tubing right-handers. The Pass is also again a popular spot for snorkellers and divers around the Cape and Fisherman's Lookout, to get a look into the expansive sea-life that inhabits Byron's shores.

Broken Head

Beaches of Byron Bay
Broken Head Beach


Last but definitely not least is Broken Head Beach, just south of Suffolk Park, hidden away in the National Park reserve. Broken Head could possibly be called Byron's best-kept secret, as it is always so much quieter than the busy beaches of Byron such as Main & Wategoes. But it has this charm of being a perfect place for a swim, BBQ, paddle and with an entrance point to the nature reserve, its activities are endless for a day at the beach. If you are interested in hiking, check out the 'Three Sister's Circuit', giving you amazing blue-soaked views out towards the Pacific Ocean & of Byron.

If it helps, please see below an artistic impression of the Beaches that surround Byron Bay's town centre. Thanks to the advice and complimentary map given by the Bay Motel, I was able to find my way along the coastline nicely. A really important note too, if you find yourself travelling around Byron in the months between May & November, bring your binoculars and try to spot the Whales that migrate in these waters or year-round the pod of dolphins that call Byron home.

The best beaches of Byron Bay, NSW
Map thanks to the Bay Motel, giving you an artistic Guide of the beaches in Byron


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Why? Swim-surf-snorkel the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay
When: All year round
Where: Byron Bay, NSW
Cost: Free
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Another terrific article Chloe
by May Cross (score: 3|1046) 137 days ago
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