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 17th30°C / 86°F
Tue 18th29°C / 84°F
Wed 19th32°C / 90°F
Thu 20th29°C / 84°F
Fri 21st27°C / 81°F
Sat 22nd28°C / 82°F
5 Day Byron Bay UV Index
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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 light 06:03 Sunrise 06:28 Sunset 19:30 Dark 19:55
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 light 06:04 Sunrise 06:29 Sunset 19:29 Dark 19:54
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 light 06:05 Sunrise 06:29 Sunset 19:28 Dark 19:53
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 light 06:06 Sunrise 06:30 Sunset 19:28 Dark 19:52
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 light 06:07 Sunrise 06:31 Sunset 19:27 Dark 19:51
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 light 06:07 Sunrise 06:32 Sunset 19:26 Dark 19:50