Any day is bound to be wonderful when you’re minutes from the world’s best beaches. Experience sunset drumming overlooking the wreck at Byron Bay’s Main Beach, splash in the shallows at Clarkes Beach or take your surfboard underarm and catch waves at The Pass. From a thrilling surf session to a relaxed day of fishing or reading on white sands, there’s a different stretch of beach for every day of your getaway – and for every type of beachgoer. In busy months, arrive early to stake out the best spot.
Hinterland House is just 12 minutes from Broken Head, where you’ll find a multitude of options for the day along this beach stretching south from the cape. There’s a patrolled swimming area suitable for kids, a long expanse of pristine sand for walking and a right-hand point break that proves popular with surfers. Be sure to take the Three Sisters walking track up to the lookout and take in the stunning view before treating yourselves to an ice cream from the holiday park kiosk. It’s the ideal spot for a family day as it appeals to swimmers, fishers and surfers alike.
White-sanded Belongil Beach spans 2.5km from Belongil Creek up to Main Beach. At the end closer to town you’ll come across a patrolled area for swimming in busier months, the wreck of the SS Wollongbar which creates a sandbar for surfers and the dog-friendly section of the beach. Walk further north for about a kilometre and you’ll find some great cafes such as Treehouse on Belongil and Belongil Bistro for a relaxed lunch. It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a section at the northern end of Belongil Beach where clothing is optional, allowing a sense of freedom for locals and tourists alike.
Wategos is Australia’s most eastern beach and is a relatively short stretch of sand, tucked between Fisherman’s Lookout and Cape Byron. It’s a favourite for locals as there are lovely slow waves for surfers to catch, so parking can be tricky to find in busier months when lifeguards patrol the swimming area. There are several walking tracks to either side of the sand where you can walk up to both lookouts and find some of the most spectacular views in the region. The Cape Byron walking track is particularly beautiful as it takes you through native rainforest and along the cliff edge.
Brunswick Heads is a breezy 12-minute drive from Hinterland House, making the destination ideal for either a quick dip or a whole day’s visit. This relaxed coastal town sits at the meeting of the Brunswick River and the South Pacific Ocean, providing both swell for surfers and beautifully calm water for swimmers, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders. It’s a short walk to boat and kayak hire options, as well as a number of friendly cafés and shops in town. You might even wish to complete your day by catching a live show or flick at the retro Brunswick Picture House.