BEACHES OF BYRON SHIRE
There are many beaches in our beautiful shire ranging from Brunswick Heads (North of Byron) through to Broken Head (South of Byron), as well as Lennox Head (on the coast road to Ballina) and of course the beaches at Ballina.
North beach – A little private beach always secluded and bordering Belongil estuary.
Travel to town and turn left at The BP service station “ozigo” on the same road as IGA supermarket. Travel along this road till you go over the railway line and past the function centre and find a park near the old golf course there. Walk across the course along the path takes you to the mouth of The Belongil Creek. A beautiful estuary, many water birds, very secluded and private. The occasional nude bather can be seen now and then.
Belongil – Travel to town and just when you hit the 50km zone take the first left turn & follow the road to the beach. There are a number of access points and the beach is very popular to get away from the crowds.
Main Beach and Clarke’s Beach – The two main town beaches are patrolled and have beautiful westerly views at sunset to the mountains. Great safe swimming and handy to everything especially The Beach Café.
The Pass (famous surf break) – Travel along Lawson Street and head towards the Cape. You will pass a big car park at Clarke’s on the left and keep driving till you come to a left turn signed “the pass”. A very protected beach with plenty of Pandanus for shade and some stainless steel BBQ’s. Get a piece of fish from the fish shop and a salad next door at blue olive, a wonderful place for a romantic seaside dinner.
Wategos – Instead of turning left at the pass keep driving all the way and you end up at Wategos beach. It’s a beautifully protected beach with plenty of shade from the Pandanus and a lovely aspect to the mountains. On those magic days you will be swimming with the dolphins. There is also a BBQ set up there as well some BBQ tables scattered along the beach. One of the best places in Australia for a sunset BBQ on the beach.
Tallows – When the Northerly breezes blow during the summer months head to Tallows beach, which is protected from the strong winds as it lies behind Cape Byron. A town beach that is a world away with the beach protected by the headland reserve and still the way it was forever. Up in the corner under the lighthouse is Cozy Corner that can be magical when the swell is smaller. There can be strong rips however and big waves as the beach is exposed, so observe beach conditions. To access simply travel down Lawson Street pass the Clarke’s beach car park and turn right as the road swings to the left.
Suffolk Park – Travel south through town past the golf course and keep driving till you reach the Park Hotel. Turn left and drive straight ahead to the beach. Very long open beach with great surf in the autumn, winter and spring months. If you feel like a long beach walk the beach is many kilometers long and no structures on the landscape.
Broken Head – Instead of turning left at The Park Hotel keep driving south out of Suffolk Park and you will reach a left hand turn in about one kilometer to Broken Head. Broken Head is a really lovely beach location in a National Park that lies at the south end of Tallow and Suffolk Park beach with an interesting headland and safe beach for swimming, when the sea is small. There is a bush walk to the south that runs through to Whites beach, which is directly south of Broken Head.
Braise Hole, Whites and Seven Mile Beaches
If you turn right onto seven Mile beach road down in Broken Head the dirt road winds up and through the National Park with two secluded private beaches accessed down dirt tracks to the beach. Good board riding beaches and very private however a hike down from the road. If you drive further down the seven-mile road you will end up at Seven Mile beach, the most southerly beach in Byron Shire. All three beaches are secluded and are un-patrolled. WHITES BEACH IS THE SECOND CAR PARK AND IS GREAT AT MEDIUM TO LOW TIDE.