The Best Beaches in Byron Bay

The beaches of Byron Bay are known around the world for their golden sand, dream-like surfing and shimmering water. Add to this a meandering cycle through sun-dappled hinterland and there could be few more idyllic ways to spend a day.

Here, there is a beach to satisfy every taste. From expert surfers to day-long sunbathers, every visitor discovers their favourite stretch of this gorgeous coastline.

Many of Byron’s best beaches are only a short distance from Cape Byron Retreat. Whether you’re driving, cycling or even wanting to wander slowly from rainforest to ocean, you’ll find the ocean is always closer than you imagine to this hinterland retreat. 

Here are three of Byron Bay’s best beaches that are only a short cycle away.

   
  
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     Byron’s beaches are a hive of activity.

Byron’s beaches are a hive of activity.

Main Beach

Sunbathing and swimming alongside the best of Byrons shops and cafes.

New visitors to Byron Bay often first slip off their shoes and step onto the town’s golden sand here at Main Beach.

This popular destination is a vibrant place. It’s alive with people playing on the sand, bathing under the warm sun and gazing at the shimmering ocean as it breaks gently into white surf at their feet.

Under the watchful gaze of Byron Surf Life Club’s lifeguards, swimmers, surfers and kayakers share the clear, blue water that Byron Bay is famous for. Back on land, Byron’s best shops, cafes and restaurants are only the shortest of strolls away.

With the Wreck visible to your left and uninterrupted sand stretching to the Fisherman’s Lookout to your right, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a healthy dose of sun, sea and sand.

And it's only 10-15 minutes from the hinterland serenity of Cape Byron Retreat.

Cycle to Main Beach in 15 minutes

Drive to Main Beach in 9 minutes - park at Main Beach car park or in Byron town centre.

   
  
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     Looking back on The Pass from Fisherman’s Lookout

Looking back on The Pass from Fisherman’s Lookout

The Pass 

Great surf for all levels and the perfect beach to while away a day.

Arguably Byron Bay’s most famous surf spot, The Pass is a great destination for all kinds of beach-goers.

With waves rhythmically breaking almost parallel to the beach, surfers enjoy consistent and long journeys atop the white water. The Pass is loved by experienced surfers and beginners alike, with plenty of space for all to catch some idyllic waves with Julian Rocks as their backdrop.

The wide beach and gentle surf close to the shore also attracts sunbathers, swimmers and young families. If you’re searching for a beach to spend a whole day at—perhaps complete with a delicious picnic hamper for lunch—The Pass or neighbouring Clarkes Beach would be top of our list.

It’s a cycle ride worth not hurrying either. From the hinterland rainforest, you’ll soon be coasting through Byron Bay’s iconic town centre before taking in the stunning views back over the Bay from the boardwalk beside Lighthouse Road.

Cycle to it in: 25 minutes 

Drive there in: 11 minutes - park at The Pass car park.

   
  
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     The distinctive outline of the Wreck, as seen from Belongil Beach.

The distinctive outline of the Wreck, as seen from Belongil Beach.

Belongil Beach  

A peaceful stroll, a famous landmark and a stunning nature reserve.

Cross the seawall north from Main Beach and stroll along Belongil Beach – home to beautiful nature from ocean to shore. 

The Wreck is the first landmark you’ll spot. Appearing like the long neck of a seabird above the waves, these are the remains of the SS Wollongbar, still lying where it was wrecked in 1922.

When the waves are up, it’s a spot loved by surfers; when the water’s calm, it’s a wonderful place to explore alongside snorkellers and divers.

While the southern section is popular with dog walkers, beyond Manfred Street you’ll find the protected nature reserve that surrounds Belongil Creek. This area is home to colonies of black-crested Little Terns and other coastal wildlife.

Expect to wander slowly while feasting your eyes and ears on your surroundings.

Be aware that the northern section of Belongil Beach—beyond the creek where it becomes part of Tyagarah Nature Reserve—is a designated free beach, meaning clothing is optional.

Cycle to it in: 17 minutes

Drive there in: 10 minutes - park at Lawson Street North car park.

Enjoy the best beaches of Byron Bay – only minutes from Cape Byron Retreat.