Byron Bay, located in the north-eastern corner of NSW, is a beach lover’s paradise. Known for its laid-back vibe, stunning natural beauty and world-class surf breaks, it’s no wonder this coastal town has become a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. Ahead are our picks for the must-visit beaches in Byron Bay this summer…
Arguably the most popular beach in the area, Main Beach can be found in the centre of the town and offers an ideal spot for swimming, surfing and taking in views of the iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse. Its convenient location means you won’t have any trouble finding a bite to eat, a grassy area for a picnic or to take a break from the sun to do a little shopping. Main Beach is a short 6km drive from The Park Hotel Motel.
Often overlooked by tourists, Belongil Beach is perfect for a quieter and more secluded beach day, making it a great choice for families and dog owners. The 2.5km stretch offers perfect conditions for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, with many visitors also enjoying the nearby Belongil Creek. The beach is also home to what’s known as The Wreck; the remains of the SS Wollongbar, which shipwrecked in 1921. Belongil Beach is located 6.5km from The Park Hotel Motel.
One of Byron’s surfing hot spots, The Pass is a right-hand point break that in perfect conditions delivers epic waves that surfers can ride for hundreds of metres. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out Fisherman’s Lookout for views of Byron’s gorgeous coastline. You’ll find The Pass just 6.8km from The Park Hotel Motel.
Close to the most eastern point in Australia, Wategos Beach is widely considered to be the prettiest beach in the area. Offering a good amount of shelter and a range of facilities, you’ll be set to sit back and relax for the entire day. Long, slow waves make it the perfect spot for surfers of all levels, with rock pools for the whole family to explore. This beach is located 8km from The Park Hotel Motel.
Less than 5km from The Park Hotel Motel is another must-visit; Tallow Beach boasts long, sandy stretches that make it a great spot for beachcombing, picnicking and fishing. Experienced surfers will enjoy the northern tip of the beach, known as Cosy Corner, which is protected from northerly winds and is usually a reliable spot to catch a break even when conditions of surrounding areas are less than ideal.
Further south, you’ll find the famous seaside town Lennox Head, which offers patrolled swimming beaches and a freshwater lagoon, Lake Ainsworth. Located 14km from The Park Hotel Motel, it’s certainly worth a visit, with other popular spots including Boulder Beach and Seven Mile Beach close by.