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Byron Bay

Byron Bay

Byron Bay - New South Wales, Australia

Surf, SUP, Bodyboard

Byron Bay is located at the most eastern point of Australia, in a beautiful place south of the Gold Coast and northern border of the New South Wales coast. Since the sixties it's been a place where the lifestyle is mostly linked to surfing. From Byron to Lennox Heads surfing was revolutionised immensely with the introduction of shorter boards by legendary surfers like Nat Young and George Greenough, whose designs taught the world new ways to surf that changed the sport's history. A perfect destination surrounded by nature, beautiful beaches and a great atmosphere. It's a place that celebrates important festivals and events like the Byron Bay Bluesfest which, after the summer, unites music bands for a week, or the Byron Bay Surf Festival which is an annual event for arts, music and other activities all linked to the surfing lifestyle. It's one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia and has the best deals on hostel accommodation in the country. This is true not only because of the beauty of the place but also because of the incredible surfing potential it possesses, it has everything, beach breaks, point breaks, barrels etc. Byron fits any level of surfing because of the many different peaks that can be found. Its peaks can be divided between those that are north and those that are south of Cape Byron. 

In the north, the waves closest to the cape are the right-handers Little Wategos and below it, Wategos. They can be reached from Lighthouse Road taking the left into Brooke Drive. This area is fitted with electric barbeques and picnic tables, it's a very quiet place, ideal for walking around the lighthouse or fishing around the rocks. There are also other good peaks, such as Bullies which is just south of Wategos. Two minutes drive east of the main Byron Bay beach is the most protected area of the bay, Clarkes Beach, where learners can surf unstressed and enjoy the clear water. The classic and most popular wave in Byron, 'The Pass', enters there. It's a very nice long right which with low tide produces excellent barrels. Towards the north, passing the main beach and almost in front of the Byron Bay Surf Club you'll find Shipwrecks or 'The Wreck' as it's commonly known. It's a break that occurs due to the sandbank that has accumulated around a boat that sank in 1921 in front of the main beach. This wave generates consistent and powerful rights and lefts so it's good for those who want a little more intensity. A little further north, another option is the peak at Belongil Beach.

Byron Bay

As for the peaks south of Cape Byron, the first, Cosy Corner, is protected from the north wind by the cape and can be accessed from the pay parking lot at the entrance to Arakwal National Park. Going further south, Tallows Beach is the next break and is the most consistent in Byron Bay so it's the best option in the summer. Its sandbanks always produce quality waves. Further towards the south you'll come across the small town of Suffolk Park and Broken Head beach, a spot south of Byron with picnic areas and showers. The parking area is small and fills in the summer but it's a beautiful place where the sandbanks, if in good condition, also create good waves. It's also one of the best places to stroll around in the natural surroundings. Many people choose to stay in this area for a few days whilst discovering Byron.

Conditions

The best time to visit is from February to May. Any swell can be good at any of the many peaks around Cape Byron but the southeasterly generates the best waves; if large enough, all of the breaks north of the cape will be working. In this area, S swells are the best for all of the breaks north of Cape Byron whereas SE is best for the rights at Wategos, The Pass, Bullies and SW for The Wreck and Belongil Beach. South of the cape, the breaks favour W or NW wind. They don't need much size to work as they are more exposed to the predominant swells. With more than 6 feet, Tallows is a difficult beach break close to the shore. If the ocean is strong, be careful of the currents at Cosy Corner. Broken Head works best with swell from the E and SW wind.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Rights and lefts
  • Wind
    SW - SE
  • Tide
    all
  • Swell
    SE
  • Bottom
    Sand - Rocks
  • Size
    1 to 2 m (3 to 6 ft)
  • Time of year
    From December to April
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