Byron Bay

Surfing Byron Bay

 

Great waves break on the beautiful beaches located on both sides of Cape Byron. Small, fun beginner waves often break inside the bay on the northern side of the cape, and for the more experienced surfer, bigger more challenging waves are found on the beaches to the north and south.

This variety of quality surf spots within walking distance of town, plus its stunning coastline, green hinterland and rainforests, along with hip cafes, shopping and nightlife, has turned this once sleepy hippie town into the most popular (and at times most crowded) surf holiday destination in Australia.

Check it out, you may just find your surfing nirvana.

Surfing Lessons Byron Bay

Rusty Miller Surf

Rusty Miller Surf

Byron Bay Beaches

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Black Dog Surf Byron Bay

Black Dog Surfing

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Style Surfing School

Style Surfing School

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Surfing Byron Bay Surf School

Surfing Byron Bay

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Byron Bay Surf School

Byron Bay Surf School

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Mojo Surf School Byron Bay

Mojo Surf School

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Soul Surf School Byron Bay

Soul Surf School

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Kool Katz Surf School

Kool Katz Surf School

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Getting There

Car
10 hours drive north from Sydney (or 12 hours in an old kombi), 2 hours & 1 hours drive south from Brisbane & the Gold Coast.

Rail
CountryLink (13 22 32) goes straight to/from Byron's town centre.

Bus
Greyhound (13 14 99) links from all directions daily.

Airports
30 minute drive from Ballina & 1 hour from Gold Coast (at Coolangatta) serviced by Virgin Blue & Jetstar.

Airport transfers
Airlink easyBus, Airport Express, Brisbane to Byron.

Car Hire
Renting a car or van is a great way to explore & surf Byron Bay & beyond. Hire a car or campervan.

 

Where To Sleep

Camping

Clarkes Beach, 1st Sun, Glen Villa, Belongil Fields, Byron Bay Tourist Village, Byron Bay Tourist Park and the Arts Factory.

Hostels in Byron Bay

Nomads Byron Bay

Nomads Byron Bay

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Backpackers

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Byron Beach Resort

Byron Beach Resort

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Hotels & Holiday Homes in Byron Bay

Byron Central Apartments

Byron Central Apartments

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Holiday Apartments

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A Top Spot Holiday House Byron Bay

A Top Spot Holiday House

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Waves Byron Bay

Waves Byron Bay

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Holiday Apartments

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The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa

 

Between Surf Sessions

What to see & do

Walk up to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise & whales at Australia's most easterly point.

Drive through the hinterland and visit the hippie towns of Bangalow, Nimbin & Mullumbimby on market day where you'll find organic produce along with some interesting crafts and legendary local characters.

Head into the National Parks to explore the ancient Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and enjoy cooling off beside beautiful waterfalls & streams.

Where to eat & drink

You'll find every possible food and nightlife option right in the heart of town in and around Johnson Street. This is what Byron is all about, stepping straight off the beach, walking around & checking out the people, shops, cafes, restaurants & bars until you find your fancy.

Climate

Byron Bay Climate

Byron Bay Surf Spots For Beginners & Kids

The beautiful strip of sand between Main and Clarkes Beach (located a short walk from town) is an awesome learn to surf break. For more info on the best beginner surf spots in Byron Bay click on the landmarks on the map below.

Good To Know...

If the wind is up from the east or south, check out the spots on the northern side of the cape. When its blowing from the north, surf early before the wind picks up, or head over to Tallows on the southern side of Cape Byron (only suitable for beginners when the waves are tiny).

Tallows & Belongil Beaches can have strong rips present even during small wave days, so if the surf is big, or you are new to surfing,  stick to Clarkes Beach.

The Pass is a wave treasured by local surfers & during holiday periods or when the waves are good, it is also one of the most crowded waves in the world where accidents with other surfers, rocks and even boats can occur. If you sit further down the line between Clarkes & Main Beach, it will be less crowded so you'll catch way more waves that are often just as good. Even on small surf days, the waves at The Pass are often steep, fast and dumpy and therefore way too challenging for inexperienced surfers who should always avoid this spot to avoid causing or having an accident.

The Wreck is a dumping wave that breaks over a shipwreck & suitable only for advanced surfers.

Pick a landmark on the beach before entering the water and stick to it as the current will often take you to the left (west) when surfing at Clarkes & Main beaches. If this happens, catch a wave to the beach & walk back around to your landmark and start again.

Book accommodation in advance during school holiday periods as the town can be fully booked. Don't try to sleep in your car or van, you'll end up being fined more money than what you would have spent for a comfy bed.

Drive north or south to find less crowded spots & remember to practise surf safety and surfing etiquette.

 

Surf Shops

Bay Action
Maddog
S-Cape Byron
Byron Surf Shop
Billabong Byron Bay
Quiksilver Byron Bay
Surfing Byron Bay
Byron Bay Longboards
Devocean Surf

Surfboard Repairers

MC Surfboards

Boardriders Club

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