Guide to Byron Bay's Best Beaches
It’s hard to picture more iconic beach town than Byron Bay. There is literally something for everyone: big waves, small waves, dog-friendly waves and spots to watch the sun both rise and set with your toes in the sand.
Best surf breaks: Broken Head Beach and Wategos
It’s no secret that Byron Bay has some of the best surfing in the world, so much so that it’s been a defining feature of the town since 1960’s. Have you even visited Byron Bay if you haven’t hopped on a board yourself?
If you’re an experienced surfer head to Broken Head beach, a 10-minute drive from Crystalbrook Byron. Broken Head beach offers fast and hollow right-hand point-breaks.
If you’re simply looking to hang ten on your long board and take it easy, head to the picturesque Wategos with beautiful views up towards the lighthouse and right-hand point-breaks arriving around the Cape.
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Best for families: Torakina Beach at Brunswick Heads and Clarkes Beach
So many Aussie childhoods are filled with happy memories exploring rock pools, building golden sandcastles and wallowing in the sparkling, warm sea water.
A short, twenty-five-minute drive from Crystalbrook Byron is the historic Brunswick Heads. Torakina Beach is a small protected sandy beach located north of the break wall at the mouth of the Brunswick River and it’s gentle waters are perfect for wading and wallowing.
Clarke’s Beach is an easy 10-minute drive from Crystalbrook Byron or grab one of the complimentary resort bicycles and cruise on over. Thanks to its long sandbank, Clarke’s Beach is protected with gentle waves close to shore.
Best for sundowners: The Pass
Perhaps one of the most scenic of the beaches, we recommend arriving in the afternoon for a swim in the warm, shallow water or a bit of surf in the long-lasting waves (with or without a board.) Climb the stairs of the Fisherman’s Lookout for panoramic views of the coastline and out to Wollumbin in the distance. As the sun sets over hinterland, crack a cold one and toast to days spent in paradise.
Don’t forget to visit the midden located to the left of the boat ramp to learn more about the areas Indigenous history. Animal bones, shells and stone artifacts reveal this site’s use as a gathering place for local indigenous people roughly 1,000 years ago.
Best for sunrise yoga: Tallows Beach
Tallow Beach is a 15-minute stroll from the Crystalbrook Byron which means it’s perfect for watching the sunrise. Grab your yoga mat (there’s a complimentary one tucked in your suite) and take your sun salutations to a whole new level.
This six and half kilometre stretch of beach is located between the Cape Byron Conservation Area and Broken Head Nature Reserve. During the winter months, keep an eye out for the whales that visit the bay during their annual migration.
The beach entrance is identified by painted red posts on either side of the path and you will need your suite key disc to swipe at the security gate as you enter and exit the Crystalbrook Byronn resort grounds.
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Best for your pooch: Belongil Beach
Belongil Beach is a beautiful stretch of white sand that welcomes all furry friends. Access to the beach is from either the main beach carpark or Border Street, Don Street and Childe Street.
This pristine beach is backed by bushland which means there are plenty of spots for your pooch to romp. Head to Treehouse on Belongil (also dog-friendly) for a barefoot lunch of woodfired pizza before heading back into the water. It doesn’t get much better than this.