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Byron Bay

Byron Bay - // Australia's surfing coast //

Byron Bay takes in a cluster of surf beaches to the north and south of Cape Byron, the most easterly point in Australia. The town of Byron Bay itself became the focus for a surfing counter-culture that grew out of the 1960s, and has been a must-visit on the international surf safari trail ever since.

Byron Bay has since evolved into the ‘style capital’ of Australia’s east coast, with quality accommodation to suit all pockets, a wide range of after-surf activities including soothing spas, whale watching, adventure sports, fine dining and picturesque cafes, as well as a vibrant art and crafts scene.

Several great surf beaches feature at Byron Bay. Main Beach faces almost due north and has pretty reliable right and left-hand beach breaks.

Clarkes Beach is really the eastern end of Main Beach, but it gets a little extra protection from the sea breeze and is less crowded. The sandy bottom and gentle right-hander make it a brilliant spot for beginners.

The Pass is one of Byron’s iconic breaks, famed for its long, peeling right-handers. In bigger swells the Pass can be challenging, but in general it’s a great location for surfers of all abilities, largely favoured by long-boarders.

“The Wreck” at Belongil Beach is named for the remains of the SS Wollongbar, which lost its tie to the old Byron Bay Pier and sank during a cyclone in 1922. When the Wreck is working (swell from north-north east, southerly wind), it produces a powerful, hollow right-hander that breaks on the sandbank ten metres in front of the ship.

Located just west of the Byron Bay lighthouse, Watego’s is beloved of long-boarders and wave-ski paddlers. Facing north, it’s completely protected from the big south swells and almost always has gently breaking waves, the highlight being a lazy right-hand point-break. Watego's features some of Byron’s most exclusive accommodation.

Getting there:
Byron Bay is 772km north of Sydney, about 10 hours’ drive; the local airport at Ballina has direct flights from Sydney. There are also frequent flights into the Gold Coast, which is a one hour drive from Byron Bay.

Learn to surf schools:
Rusty Miller Surf School
Sunrise Surfing Byron Bay
Surfing Byron Bay

Things to do and see in Byron Bay