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Top Beaches in Byron Bay

By Viator, March 2018

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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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Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay, Byron Bay, null
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Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Paddle with dolphins and go kayaking with the experts on a Byron Bay sea kayak tour. See bottlenose dolphins and look out for whales and turtles as you paddle ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.55
3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay, Byron Bay, Kayaking & Canoeing
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3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

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Snorkel Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Julian Rocks is one of the few snorkel sites where you can swim with tropical species found on the Great ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.30
Byron Bay Dolphin Sea Kayak Tour, Byron Bay, Snorkeling
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Byron Bay Dolphin Sea Kayak Tour

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Imagine yourself kayaking in the crystal blue waters surrounding the Most Easterly Point of Australia with dolphins, humpback whales (from May to Oct) and ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $54.55
5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour, Byron Bay, Kayaking & Canoeing
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5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

Dive Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Julian Rocks is one of the few dive sites where you can swim with tropical species found on the Great Barrier ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.17
Byron Bay 3-Hour Certified Dive Tour, Byron Bay, Scuba Diving
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Byron Bay 3-Hour Certified Dive Tour

Dive Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks, one of the few dive sites where you can swim with tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef as well animals from ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.97
Byron Bay Surfing Lesson with Local Instructor Gaz Morgan, Byron Bay, Scuba Diving
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Byron Bay Surfing Lesson with Local Instructor Gaz Morgan

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Take the ultimate surfing lessons while in Byron Bay with local Byron Bay Surfer/Instructor ‘Gaz Morgan. Gaz is the owner of this Bryon Bay Surfing School and ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.44
Byron Bay Combo: Hinterland Tour Including Minyon Falls and Kayaking with Dolphins, Byron Bay, ... 
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Byron Bay Combo: Hinterland Tour Including Minyon Falls and Kayaking with Dolphins

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Combine two great outdoor activities in the one day during your stay in Byron Bay. In the morning, explore the natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.33
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Learn to Surf in Byron Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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
Duration: Flexible

From USD $51.39
Experience The Thrill Half Day Surf School in Byron Bay, Byron Bay, Surfing Lessons
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Experience The Thrill Half Day Surf School in Byron Bay

Learn to surf and ride a wave like a pro! Join this amazing surf experience on Byron Bay's best beaches. Before every lesson, the surfing conditions are ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.39
Premier Whale Watching Byron Bay, Byron Bay, Other Water Sports
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Premier Whale Watching Byron Bay

ENJOY A ONCE IN A LIFETIME, CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH THE LARGEST SPECIES ON EARTH. (JUNE-NOVEMBER) Join us and our marine biologist in the stunning waters of ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs

From USD $78.27

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