Byron is known for its stunning beaches, with perfect swell framed by crisp blue skies. Even in the cooler months there are many surfers in the water with barely a full wetsuit in sight. And for those who don’t ride a board, simply dive in or picnic along the sand while you and enjoy paradise year-round.
From the town centre, jump on the world’s first ever solar powered train to North Beach Station, where you’ll find Belongil Beach - just up the road from Habitat. Behind the old whaling station (the remnants of the old jetty are still visible) this unpatrolled beach is one of the few dog-friendly beaches in town. Belongil makes for the perfect location to get away from it all and the few cafes/restaurants here have a relaxed atmosphere, including The Belongil – perfect for breakfast, lunch or coffee and Treehouse on Belongil for pizzas and cocktails. You'll also catch many a Habitat member enjoying the waves on their lunch break.
Tucked beneath the headland and a short walk from Byron town centre, is Tallow Beach, a popular surfing spot for local short-boarders. This unpatrolled beach is one for those confident surfers amongst us as its strong rips drag out to sea.
With crystal clear water and rolling waves spilling over the wide sand bar, one can only be at Wategos. Named after the family who settled the area in the 1930’s, gentle waves create surf conditions suitable for long-boarders and learners. Further down the path, at Little Wategos, you’ll find a sheltered spot best for snorkelling, sunbathing and swimming.
The “thing to do” as a local or visitor is the Byron Cape Walk – a 3.7 km loop perfect for exercise with a view or a leisurely stroll. The track meanders through rainforest and over cliff tops where you can spot whales (during migration season) along the way. Once at the top, take in the impressive and historic Byron Bay Lighthouse, built in 1901.
Further west from Wategos is The Pass, an internationally recognised surf break and one of the Top 15 best surf beaches in Australia. These long smooth waves will inspire you to grab a board and take a lesson.
Climb up Fishermans Lookout, a large wooden structure with a viewing platform, and admire fish and dolphins, along with daily snorkelers, diving tour boats and the early morning surfers carving up the waves.
The closest beach to town and the most popular, Main Beach is where you’ll meet a spectrum of locals and visitors, including live and relaxed entertainment on the grassy foreshore. The beach is patrolled all year round by local surf lifesavers from The Surf Club. After a dip, head across the road to legendary pub The Beach Hotel, for a great afternoon session.