Byron Bay

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay
Photo: © Karl Lundholm
Tallow Beach
Tallow Beach from Cape Byron

Byron Bay is situated in the far north of New South Wales and on the very eastern tip of Australia - Cape Byron is the easternmost point of mainland Australia. This small beach town was put on the tourism map back in the 1970s when it was on the hippy trail later becoming a popular backpacker destination. It is to a large extent the legacy of Byron's early days that set it apart from other spots along this beautiful stretch of coast. Whether the actual beaches in and around Byron Bay are any better than those a little way up or down the coast is a moot point, it is the whole package that makes this a special place.

Byron's beaches are without doubt the town's greatest asset and there are a few to choose from all of which face into the the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. And it's easy to escape the summer crowds on Main Beach; the short walk to Tallow beach reveals 7 km of pristine sandy beach - more than enough to go around. There are also some quality surf spots in and around Byron Bay, most notable are Wategos, a long point-break favoured by longboarders, Lennox Head and "The Wreck" off Belongil Beach - a powerful wave best left to the real surfers!

Whilst the trustafarians, wanna-be surf bums and barefoot sixties throw-backs might not be everyone's cup of tea Byron is still is a great place. For starters the developers haven't been allowed free reign as in places like Surfer's Paradise up the coast. So there are no high rise blocks and the town pretty much blends into the vegetation that lines the beach. Over recent years the town has definitely shifted a little upmarket, but to date this seems to happily coexist with the backpackers etc and has not affected the laid back vibe of the place.
A couple of words of warning though, watch out for schoolies week (end of November) when the town can become inundated with drunken teenagers celebrating the end of high school. Also, Byron Bay has the highest number of shark attacks for any beach in Australia, earning itself a place on the list of most dangerous beaches in the world.

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Byron Bay Weather Info

5 Day Byron Bay UV Index

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Byron Bay tide times & sea state

Sun 25/08 »

Surf report for Sun 25/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 20mph
13:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
High 2:40am (1.03m)
Low 8:59am (0.48m)
High 4:05pm (1.40m)
Low 10:56pm (0.60m)
Daylight
First light05:44
Sunrise06:08
Sunset17:27
Dark17:51

Mon 26/08 »

Surf report for Mon 26/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 7mph
13:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
19:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 4:09am (1.03m)
Low 10:14am (0.43m)
High 5:12pm (1.53m)
Low 11:55pm (0.50m)
Daylight
First light05:43
Sunrise06:06
Sunset17:28
Dark17:51

Tue 27/08 »

Surf report for Tue 27/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 6mph
13:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 7mph
19:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 5:26am (1.09m)
Low 11:19am (0.35m)
High 6:07pm (1.67m)
Daylight
First light05:42
Sunrise06:05
Sunset17:28
Dark17:52

Wed 28/08 »

Surf report for Wed 28/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
13:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
19:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 12:44am (0.38m)
High 6:25am (1.19m)
Low 12:15pm (0.26m)
High 6:57pm (1.79m)
Daylight
First light05:41
Sunrise06:04
Sunset17:29
Dark17:52

Thu 29/08 »

Surf report for Thu 29/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
19:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 1:28am (0.28m)
High 7:15am (1.30m)
Low 1:07pm (0.17m)
High 7:44pm (1.87m)
Daylight
First light05:39
Sunrise06:03
Sunset17:29
Dark17:53

Fri 30/08 »

Surf report for Fri 30/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 19mph
16:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 2:10am (0.19m)
High 8:03am (1.40m)
Low 1:56pm (0.10m)
High 8:29pm (1.91m)
Daylight
First light05:38
Sunrise06:02
Sunset17:30
Dark17:53

Today's weather

Clear sky

18 °C
(64 °F)

Light air, 5 km/h from WNW

Sea temperature

19.9°C / 67.9°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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