Tallows Beach

Tallows Beach

New South Wales, North Coast

The most consistent surf spot within walking distance to Byron Bay, Tallows Beach is also very popular when the summer nor' east winds are up and the surf is flat at the beaches in front of town. The peaky nature of the waves prove challenging for surfers along with the strong rips that form here so this spot is best avoided by beginners unless everywhere else is flat and the waves here are very small.

Wave Type
Safest during small north east swells when the waves are smallest in the northern corner, along with tiny east to south swells. Bigger swells see Tallows offer shifting, powerful peaks that break quickly over uneven sandbars.

Strong rips and longshore currents normally form along the length of the beach, making this spot potentially dangerous for the inexperienced surfer. Beginner surfers will find easier surfing conditions at Byron's Main Beach or Clarkes Beach when the waves here are too big.

Good Wind Direction
Best in West to North East winds

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to East to South swells.

- Rip Currents
- Marine life
- Rocks

Have fun surfing Tallows Beach by practicing surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Walk from Byron or parking is available at the dirt car park behind the beach about 500m from the northern headland.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Tallows Beach is not patrolled, but Main Beach is patrolled from November to April - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located back at Clarkes or Main Beaches.

Closest Shops
The town centre of Byron Bay is loaded with shops including cafes, restaurants, take away shops, surf shops, boutiques, pubs and clubs.

Photos of Tallows Beach

Tallows Beach afternoon

Tallows Beach
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Tallows Beach

Afternoon fun in the sun. Apart from tiny wave days, the surf at Tallows is often challenging for beginners due to the deep water rip currents and powerful waves that break here. Easier surfing conditions can normally be found in the bay at Byron.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Tallows Beach north corner

Tallows Beach northern corner. Here beginners will find shelter from north winds when this spot can be good for catching whitewater waves on the attached sandbars on small wave days.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe