Secluded stretches of long uninterrupted beach, turquoise water lapping and seabirds gliding quietly overhead – how can you experience a paradise like this? Let us take you on a tour of the best out-of-the-way beaches of Byron Bay and beyond.
Cosy Corner Byron Bay
Byron Bay’s very own secret beach is Cosy Corner, which you can get to on foot if you’ve chosen to stay at Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park or drive in and pay $6 for parking. Set at the very northern end of Tallow Beach, below the Cape Bryon headland is this protected little pocket. Send the board riders a little further down the beach for some of the best waves in Byron, while everyone else can relax sheltered from the northerlies winds.
White’s Beach Broken Head
Voted #1 on the Australian Travellers 100 Incredible Travel Secrets of Australia, we could not have a feature of our secret beaches without including White’s Beach at Broken Head. To get there, take the national park turnoff at Broken Head and continue until you reach a sign for White’s Beach. You’ll need to walk through a forest track to get down onto the beach, but what meets you there will take your breath away. A little oasis where you can connect to the land, the sea and your own spirit, and even though the secret is out you’ll still find it almost totally secluded most of the time.
Picture: Byron Bay Productions
Tallow Beach Byron Bay
Tallow Beach is a long stretch of beach stretching from Broken Head in the South and up to Cosy Corner in the North and is surrounded by Arakwal National Park – it’s where the sea meets the bush. It’s a quieter beach to relax than the main Byron Bay beaches, with kilometers of squeaky white sand, making it a great place to meditate or take a lesuirely walk. It’s also a marvellous place to go whale watching. Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park is located here too, right behind the dunes of Tallow Beach!
Harry’s Hill Beach Brunswick Heads
Protected, calm and with a view of the hinterland and Mt Chincogan behind, Harry’s Hill Beach is tucked into the inlet of the river at Brunswick Heads. Many people would be familiar with the southern side of Brunswick Heads, being only a 15 minute drive from Byron Bay, and if you’ve been fortunate enough to have visited there, you may well have stared longingly across the river to this little piece of paradise. How do you get there? Well – you could take the long way around by driving through Ocean Shores and New Brighton along North Head Road and into the North Head Nature Reserve or you could drive into Brunswick Heads and hire a canoe or boat and paddle across the river to this secret swimming spot. Take a picnic lunch or a fishing rod with you or simply kick-back and watch the clouds sail over-head. Heaven.
Torakina Beach Brunswick Heads
For families, Brunswick Heads provides the very safe and gentle water of Torakina Beach. This unusual beach is a small inlet that sits between the Brunswick River and the rock wall. It’s gentle waves and soft sand are perfect for the little ones (and for adults a great place to unwind and escape the every day). Follow the road all the way through town and over the bridge, to the first car park. Then follow the track down to the beach.
New Brighton Beach
Extending for over 13.6 km of white sand and Pacific Ocean, New Brighton Beach is one long expanse of coastline where you will never complain about not having enough room to breathe. This is a great place to enjoy long limbering beach walks and somewhere quiet to feel the sun on your face as you do your morning yoga. Love beach fishing? Then you must not go home without casting in here. New Brighton is an easy 25 minute drive north from Bryon Bay along the Pacific Motorway exiting at Ocean Shores and following the signs through to New Brighton. You will not be disappointed.
Boulders Beach Skennar’s Head
As the name suggests this beach is covered in boulders, rather than sand. The top of Boulders Beach is a great area for whale watching during the cooler months, while below you can go exploring among the rocks and rock pools or just sit and let the sound of the waves against the rocks wash away any stress. With its lush grassy hill, this is a great place for a late afternoon sunset picnic. To get there follow the coast road from Byron to Ballina. After you’ve gone past Lennox Head, keep watch for the signs as it’s easy to drive right by.
Byron Bay’s beaches are some of the best in the world and with a little extra effort you can find some idyllic and secluded spots where nothing can be heard but the sounds of the sea and the breeze on your face. So set up base camp at Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park and come exploring the beautiful secret beaches of our region. Because secrets like this are just too good to keep!