It’s no secret that Byron Bay beaches are not only some of the best in New South Wales, or in Australia, but also in the world. The fine, white, powdery sands, the famous, warm Australian climate, and glorious crystal clear waters combine to create a little corner of paradise.
Byron Bay is considered Australia’s water sports capital, with the curved inlet providing ideal conditions for surfing, paragliding, windsurfing, and much more. In fact, at nearly all of the nine major Byron Bay beaches, there’s always some form of water sports taking place. But if aquatic activities aren’t really your thing, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this glorious location just as much as everyone else. Consider these alternative ways to enjoy the wonderful Byron Bay coast.
A Room with a View
What better way to wake up during your getaway than to views across some of the best beaches in the world. Sipping a coffee in the morning on your private balcony, watching early risers walk their dogs or catch the morning surf is a truly relaxing experience. Likewise, enjoying a glass of wine, while watching the sun set over the ocean, can be unforgettable here. Main Beach and Tallows Beach offer the greatest accommodation options in the bay area, with beachfront properties just a roadway from the sand. There’s lodging to suit all budgets, ranging from the modest Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park and Bay Beach Motel, to the more luxurious Byron Bay Beach Hotel Resort and Friday On The Beach.
Enjoying a meal or even just a drink overlooking the famous white sands can be a unique experience. Many beachfront establishments offer al fresco or terraced dining, perfect for views of the bay’s bustling beach activities or even as a romantic setting just for two. Main Beach and Clarkes Beach to the north of the bay are popular eating locations, with a variety of venues catering to all; from those looking to have a full on sit down meal, to those aiming to pick up a quick bite. The beachfront deck at Fishheads Restaurant is known for gourmet seafood cuisine, yet in the same area the busy Byron Beach Cafe is an good informal alternative, with picnic-style tables a mere stone’s throw from the sand.
Byron Bay beaches are perfect for nature lovers. In complete contrast to the bush animals seen inland, the coast offers sightings of both dolphins and whales along with sea turtles, and a huge array of some of the most colorful fish you’ll ever see. Humpback whales can be sighted off the coast between June and November, and dolphins can be viewed between December and May. The majority of boat tours leave from Main Beach, due to its proximity to the town center, but some also leave from nearby Belongil Beach (also known as an unofficial ‘clothing optional’ hotspot!). It’s a perfect way to combine the relaxing feeling of being out on the ocean with an informative, educational experience.
Although it may seem, at first glance, that Byron Bay is dominated by water sports, take some time to look a bit closer. You’ll soon discover plenty of ways to enjoy this incredible location without needing to don a wetsuit.