Byron Bay is an increasingly popular beach town that offers an alternative lifestyle. Renowned for its pristine white sand surfing beaches and surronding beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed and informal lifestyle. What makes Byron so special is the vibe of the town - its here that the coastal surf culture flows with the hipster cafe culture into the hippie tide coming down from the hinterland, creating one great barefooted, alternative-lifestyle mash up. The town itself is low-rise and relaxed, and all the locals are dedicated to keeping it's small-town soul.
During Summer, the town gets crowded with holiday makers, celebrities, backpackers and teens, yet its unique atmosphere has a way of converting even the most cynical with its long balmy days, endless beaches, reliable surf breaks, fine dining, raucous night life and ambling milieu.
Byron bay has several beautiful beaches that are popular with surfers who come for the famous breaks.
Stretching from Byron Bay north to Belongil Creek and beyond, Belongil is partly dog-friendly. Belongil Creek harbours a colony of rare Little Terns, and care must be taken not to disturb them in any way. Just north of the rock wall at Byron Bay is the wreck of the SS Wollongbar, a great place to explore with a mask and snorkel when the sea is calm. Parts of Belongil beach are 'clothes optional'.
More a surf break created by the wreck of the SS Wollongbar. Located just off the Main Beach car park at the end of Jonson Street.
This is the main beach directly in front of the town of Byron Bay, and continuing southward (actually eastward) to Clarkes Beach. Main Beach is dominated by the Surf Club and is patrolled by Surf Lifesavers in summer. Swim between the flags and always wear a hat and sunscreen. From here you can snorkel out to the Tassie II, a wreck off the coast.
Filling the space between Main Beach and The Pass, Clarkes Beach is north-facing and idyllic most of the year. Only when the northerlies blow does Clarkes become less than perfect. An extra surf-lifesaving team patrols this beach in summer. The Bay here is ideal for windsurfing, body-boarding and paragliding. In winter humpback whales have been known to frolic with their calves on their way back to the Antarctic.
The Pass is a gap between Fisherman's Lookout and the headland. It is the most popular surf break on the north coast, but also where the dive boats launch, so be careful. Fisherman's Lookout is a wooden platform from where you can check out the surf as well as the fish.
Just over a small headland from Clarkes, and sometimes accessible by the beach, Watego's is a sheltered north-facing beach very popular all the year round. Free electric barbecues and picnic tables complete the picture. Northerly swells make Watego's Beach ideal for malibus. Access via Lighthouse Road and turn left into Brooke Drive.
At the end of the Cape, Little Wategos is a great rock fishing spot. Inaccessible by car (you have to walk over the path from Wategos or down from the lighthouse precinct) Little Wategos is overlooked by the lighthouse and most easterly point. A lovely sheltered spot for sunbathing and swimming.
Tucked under the south side of Cape Byron, Cosy Corner is a nice sheltered spot when the northerlies are blowing. Now protected by the Arakwal National Park, the beach is accessible down Tallow Beach Road, where you'll have to pay National Parks $6 to park your car. Beware of the surf here, as it is sometimes subject to strong rips. From here you can see the hang-gliders swooping from their launching pad overhead.
Stretching south from Cosy Corner to Broken Head, Tallow Beach is good for beach fishing. The surf here is choppy and erratic, so beware. Tallow Beach is accessible by walking south from Cosy Corner, or from several small car parks off Alcorn Street in Suffolk Park, and is dog-friendly for several kilometres. Access through Suffolk Park, via Clifford Street, off Broken Head Road just south of Byron Bay.
The Cape Byron lighthouse dominates Australia's most easterly point and is a popular place to visit for its spectacular views. It is also a popular with Hang-gliders who are drawn to the headland to launch from its 65metre cliff. The Cape is a great spot to watch the dolphins surfing and the annual whale migration. Byron is a popular spot with great swimming, fishing, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, diving and just about everything else you can do in a coastal town, but, best of all, you can relax here too.
Relax in one of the many beautiful accommodation retreats, indulge in a luxury spa treatment or visit one of the many therapeutic healing centres in Byron. Enjoy the rich variety of adventure sports, boutique shopping, fine dining and live entertainment. Events such as yoga retreats, pagan gatherings, raves and music festivals, including the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival and Splendour in the Grass, are based in Byron Bay. The popular monthly art and craft market is held the first Sunday of every month.
Surrounding towns include Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby (the biggest little town in NSW) and Bangalow (for antique shopping). Byron Bay is a short drive to Ballina/ Lennox Head and the Tweed area.
The easiest way to get to Byron, is to land at the airport in Ballina which has many daily flights from Sydney as well as several flights from Melbourne during the week. You then travel through picturesque Ballina, along the majestic coastline to Lennox Head and then through the cane fields to finally arrive in Byron Bay.
Byron Bay Paid Parking:
The new paid parking system has recently been introduced into Byron Bay and may affect any on street parking required during your time here in Byron.
For all parking information and zoned areas please visit the Byron Shire Council website for all information.