The Beach Guide

Byron Bay

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

Mon 17th
Clear sky 30°C / 86°F
Tue 18th
Partly cloudy 29°C / 84°F
Wed 19th
Partly cloudy 32°C / 90°F
Thu 20th
Fair 29°C / 84°F
Fri 21st
Light rain showers 27°C / 81°F
Sat 22nd
Rain showers 28°C / 82°F

5 Day Byron Bay UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Byron Bay tide times & sea state

  • Mon 17/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 17/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
    11:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
    17:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    High 5:29am (1.49m)
    Low 12:12pm (0.54m)
    High 5:39pm (1.05m)
    Low 11:37pm (0.39m)
    Daylight
    First light06:03
    Sunrise06:28
    Sunset19:30
    Dark19:55
  • Tue 18/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 18/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 6mph
    11:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
    17:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 6:32am (1.56m)
    Low 1:13pm (0.47m)
    High 6:46pm (1.06m)
    Daylight
    First light06:04
    Sunrise06:29
    Sunset19:29
    Dark19:54
  • Wed 19/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 19/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
    11:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 21mph
    17:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    Low 12:33am (0.35m)
    High 7:24am (1.63m)
    Low 2:01pm (0.41m)
    High 7:38pm (1.09m)
    Daylight
    First light06:05
    Sunrise06:29
    Sunset19:28
    Dark19:53
  • Thu 20/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 20/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 19mph
    11:00 7ft 6s  °  ° 24mph
    17:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    Low 1:22am (0.30m)
    High 8:08am (1.68m)
    Low 2:41pm (0.35m)
    High 8:22pm (1.14m)
    Daylight
    First light06:06
    Sunrise06:30
    Sunset19:28
    Dark19:52
  • Fri 21/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 21/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
    11:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 6mph
    17:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    Low 2:05am (0.27m)
    High 8:47am (1.70m)
    Low 3:16pm (0.31m)
    High 9:01pm (1.19m)
    Daylight
    First light06:07
    Sunrise06:31
    Sunset19:27
    Dark19:51
  • Sat 22/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 22/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
    11:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
    17:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
    Tide times
    Low 2:45am (0.24m)
    High 9:22am (1.70m)
    Low 3:48pm (0.27m)
    High 9:38pm (1.24m)
    Daylight
    First light06:07
    Sunrise06:32
    Sunset19:26
    Dark19:50

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