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Byron Bay Beach Guide

By Viator, September 2014

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While it's easy to say good things about most beaches in Australia, it is true that the beaches around Byron Bay are something special. Given the shielding nature of the Cape Byron headland, the beaches in the region are somewhat protected from the southerlies which means an overall calmer experience. Combined with great surfing waves, an influence of marine species from the Great Barrier Reef to the north, and a smattering of pristine surrounds, outdoor lovers gather at the beaches of Byron Bay for swimming, surfing, snorkeling and diving.

Main Beach, as the name suggests, acts as Byron Bay's go-to beach. Stretching across the front of the town, this beach is not only a short stroll away for the casual beach-goer but also a popular destination for the beginner to experienced surfer. Main Beach is known for its natural beauty, including its white sands, clear waters and view of the nearby headland.

Clarkes is located just down the strip from Main Beach and draws a more active visitor with its beach volleyball net and body surfing ready sand bar. Speckled with rocky sections, Clarkes Beach is a prime location for simple snorkeling excursions.

To the north of Byron Bay sits the popular Belongil Beach – a dog-friendly escape with great surf thanks to The Wreck. The SS Wollongbar sunk here in a cyclone many years ago, and it is now a destination worth exploring by snorkel.

In the opposite direction from Byron Bay, Lennox Head's southern fame (it's just 15 minutes south) comes from its magnificent surf – that of which has been classified as a National Surfing Reserve.

Other beaches of note include Wategos and Little Wategos on Cape Byron. These beaches are popular because of their more secluded vibes -- Little Wategos being the stronger of the two in this category. Enjoy picnic tables and free barbecues at Wategos.

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Learn to Surf in Byron Bay

Learn to surf in Byron Bay, one of Australia's best places to practice the art of surfing. Guided by a qualified instructor, learn how to 'hang ten' at a ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
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