Byron Bay Beach Holiday
There is nothing more relaxing than a caravan or camping holiday and the atmosphere at the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is one of tranquil relaxation. The quintessential Aussie smell of suntan oil. Wet towels and swimmers drying on tarp ropes. Fishing lines leaning against the vans. Guests, in swimmers and sarongs, reading, sitting, too relaxed to speak. Buckets and spades discarded in annexes whilst everyone has a siesta. Long days in the water, exploring the natural bush setting, going to the shop for a much longed for ice-cream. Nights by lamplight eating BBQ’ed sausages, playing cards, talking and laughing. Caravanning is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance by a younger generation who want to experience that deep family connection that only a caravan or tent can provide.
Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park fulfils all these expectations and more. With our proximity to the beach, families can come and enjoy a great Aussie beach holiday. And in Byron Bay you are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches! Please find below a list to some of the best local fishing, swimming and surfing secrets. Each beach has its own distinct flavour and all are within easy reach of the park.
Multi-million dollar homes overlook this stunning beach. The famous Byron Bay Lighthouse rises out of the rainforest which comes right down to the beach, the waters of which are crystal clear. Sheltered from northerlies, this glamorous beach is a favourite celeb hangout welcoming guests such as Keith Richards, Russell Crowe, Kylie, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Wear your best bikini, just in case.
This is one of the most picturesque beaches in Byron Bay. The walk down to the beach deters the hordes so it is also one of the most secluded. The Cape Byron Walking Track to the Byron Bay Lighthouse runs along the back of the beach so it is perfect for a swim on the way up or down. In a naturally occurring amphitheatre, this beach is sheltered from the northerlies and is the most easterly swimming spot in Australia!
Broken Head Beach:
About 10 mins drive south from the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park, Broken Head Beach is one of the most pristine and beautiful of all the local beaches. You will find a car park occupied by kombis, surfers and mostly locals. The beach itself is protected by a large rocky headland, which helps to create a calm water cove – perfect for families with young children.
The favourite of our park manager, Paul, this secluded and fairly isolated beach is worth the extra effort. Take the national park turnoff at Broken Head and continue until you reach a sign for White’s Beach. A fairly steep path takes you down to a fantasy cove with pandanus, rocky cliffs, palm trees and the cleanest water imaginable. There are no amenities here so only take what’s absolutely necessary, including water. The road up is bumpy but worth a trip and a dip. White’s also affords fabulous whale watching opportunities in winter when these mammals are migrating north.
Belongil has an intriguing past. Just over the disused train lines as you leave Byron, or accessed from Main Beach, it was once home to Byron’s only major industry and employer, F J Walker’s meatworks. There was a huge pipe that ran straight into the sea to dispose of the animal waste. The only ones in the water were the Great White Sharks! The meatworks closed in 1983 and the beach has been regenerated into one of our best. The beach stretches from Main Beach to Brunswick Heads in one unbroken sweep. The sharks got the message and it is now ideal for swimming, surfing and walking. A beach where you definitely get the feeling that you are miles from nowhere.
A popular surfing spot, the wreck of the ship ‘Wollongbar’ slipped its mooring to the old pier in 1922 and drifted 30m offshore where it sank. Happily, it landed parallel to the shoreline and created a perfect surf break about 30m long with swells of 1-2m. It is also a fascinating dive spot where you can snorkel amongst the almost intact ship which has attracted swarms of fish and marine life. It is located just off Belongil Beach.
Another secluded beach as its name implies. Part of the Arakwal National Park and south of Cape Byron, Cosy Corner Beach provides a sheltered spot for swimming and sunbathing. Look up and be entranced by the hang-gliders who swoop and soar from a cliff top launching pad. Another great whale watching vantage point.
This is the central Byron Bay beach. Located at the end of Johnson Street, it is usually pretty busy during the summer. Fully patrolled, it provides safe swimming and is handy to all the cafes and shops of Byron. When the surf is pumping, it can get quite crowded in the water. A great beach for people watching. The nearby wreck of the Tassie 11 is a popular spot for snorkle and goggles.
Seamlessly joining up with Main Beach, this idyllic Byron beach offers swimming perfection and surfing highs. This beach can become quite crowded during the summer months but is another great vantage point for viewing migrating whales in winter. The beach can easily be reached by taking a stroll along the beachfront walking track from the Surf Life Saving Club.
Just along from Clarkes Beach lies the most popular surf break in this area and one of the best in Australia. Early morning sees a flock of wetsuits waxing up and heading out. The beach has a beautiful shady foreshore with huge hoop pines and is ideal for families. Built into the rocky outcrop there is also a fantastic wooden viewing platform called ‘Fisherman’s Lookout’ which offers stunning views over the bay. Get there early and see the intrepid ocean swimmers head out in all weathers for their daily deep water swim to Main Beach.
A long stretch of beach from Broken Head in the South and up to Cosy Corner in the North, Tallow’s is an uncrowded and pristine beach with an untamed wilderness quality. A good option if staying at the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park as it backs onto the Arakwal National Park where there are magnificent bush trails and paths opening out onto unsurpassed views. There is also a section of beach north of Suffolk Park where dogs are welcome to come and play on the beach.
For families, Brunswick Heads provides the very safe and gentle water of Torakina Beach (pictured), the river and the surf. It also has a much loved heritage pub with regular live music. Pick up the free local paper ‘The Echo’ and check out the gig guide. Brunswick Heads is enjoying a very chic makeover with the opening of several shops with a vintage, classy shabby chic feel. Coffee is plentiful. Wander down to the old boat harbor where a few prawn trawlers still ply their trade. Brunswick Heads is about a 30 mins drive north and is off the Pacific Highway.