Byron Bay's Best Surf Breaks For Travellers

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Oli Ayo

September 8, 2020

Byron Bay

Boards strapped to the roof and wetsuits still dripping from a morning surf down the coast, you roll into Byron and join the convoy of cars searching for a vacant parking spot by the beach. It’s a well-trodden path, and the dream of many travellers, a rite of passage trail-blazed by the bohemian surf culture of the sixties.

These days there are a few more people in the water, but the perfect waves remain all the same. We enlisted the help of local surfer and photographer Oli Ayo to give us the rundown on the top spots in town for travellers seeking a spot in the line-up.

Wategos


GETTING THERE

To get to Wategos Beach, head towards the Byron Bay lighthouse along lighthouse road and follow the Wategos Beach signs. There you will find parks right along the beach front.

THE WAVE

The wave varies as the sand banks change. It usually breaks like a right-hand point break and is more of a gentle wave, good for mal riding. However, since it’s near the cape it can pick up quite a bit of swell. It doesn’t handle much bigger than 3ft and tends to wash through from out the back. The beach is great for swimming and has beach BBQs and picnic tables for gatherings.

IDEAL CONDITIONS

Works best in S-SE winds and E-NE swell.

SKILL LEVEL

Wategos is a great beach to learn to surf as it's quite sheltered and offers a mellow wave, but experienced surfers will love it just as much.

NEED TO KNOW

Be careful of the current sweeping east towards The Pass. It can be quite strong and you can either get caught on the rocks, or will have to drift down to The Pass and walk all the way back over the headland.

WATEGOS - OLI AYO

Broken Head


GETTING THERE

Head down Broken Head Reserve road until you reach the carpark at the end. There is usually quite a few parks but on weekends it can be quite crowded and hard to find a spot.


THE WAVE

Broken Head is a powerful right-hand sandy bottom point break, that offers left and right hand peaks further down the beach.

IDEAL CONDITIONS

It works best in westerly or southerly winds and in easterly swells. It is exposed to south swells, however it is a little more sheltered.

SKILL LEVEL

Due to Broken Head being unpatrolled and a little secluded, it's recommended for intermediate to experienced suffers only.

NEED TO KNOW

Be careful of the rips and currents and rocky bottoms.

BROKEN HEAD - OLI AYO

The Pass


GETTING THERE

To get to The Pass, head towards the lighthouse along Lighthouse Road and turn left when you see the sign. You’ll find the carpark at the bottom of the hill. During busy times it can be hard to find a park, but persistence usually pays off if you just do a couple of laps.


THE WAVE

The Pass is a world class, long right-hand point break. It is very hollow, heavy and fast off the point, although it usually offers a more mellow section through the middle. The length of the wave varies as the sand banks change from year to year. At its best it can break all the way from the point to the Clarkes beach café, a good few hundred metres. The Pass holds anywhere from 1ft-6ft.

IDEAL CONDITIONS

Works best in S-SE winds and E-NE swell.

SKILL LEVEL

If the swell is small, it is great for people to learn to surf. However, when the swell is up, The Pass is recommended for experienced surfers only.

NEED TO KNOW

Be careful of the rips and currents, they can be quite strong at times. There can also be rocky bottoms depending on the sand banks.

THE PASS - OLI AYO

Main Beach & The Wreck


GETTING THERE

Main beach is located right in the centre of town in front of the beach hotel and surf club. There are plenty of parks along the beach and behind the shops along Jonson Street.


THE WAVE

Both waves break predominantly right but do offer the odd left-hand wave here and there. The wave is fast and hollow. The waves do change with the sand banks and can vary from a hollow closeout to perfect A-frame peaks. The Wreck offers a hollow right-hand barrel off the boiler end of the shipwreck and on bigger swells there is a hollow left hander that breaks off “The Peg”. Both waves can hold anywhere from 1ft - 6ft

IDEAL CONDITIONS

Both waves work best in S-SE winds and E-NE swells.

SKILL LEVEL

If the swell is small, it is great for people to learn to surf. However, when the swell is up, it's recommended for experienced surfers only.

NEED TO KNOW

Be careful of the rips and currents, they can be quite strong at times. There can also be rocky bottoms depending on the sand banks.

THE WRECK - OLI AYO

Tallows / Cosy Corner


GETTING THERE

To get to Cosy Corner, head towards the lighthouse along Lighthouse Rd and turn right onto “Tallow Beach Road”. At the end of the road you will find the carpark.


THE WAVE

Cosy Corner is a beach break and offers left and right hand waves. Up in the corner is usually more sheltered and is a more mellow wave. As you get further outh down the beach it gets bigger and heavier. On a good day you’ll find A-Frame peaks all along the beach. Depending on the size of swell, it can break right out the back or closer to the shore. Due to Cosy Corner being the only wave protected in a northerly wind, the crowds can be quite intense here.

IDEAL CONDITIONS

Cosy Corner works best in westerly and northerly winds. It is a swell magnet for south swells, and easterly swells tend to offer more peaky conditions.

SKILL LEVEL

Due to Tallow Beach being unpatrolled and a little secluded, it's recommended for intermediate to experienced suffers only.

NEED TO KNOW

Be careful of the rips and currents running north, they can be quite strong at times and people have been swept around the cape.

Tallow Beach - Destination NSW

Suffolk Park


GETTING THERE

Drive down Clifford Street and park at the carpark at the last intersection near the hall/caravan park.


THE WAVE

Suffolk Park is a beach break and offers left and right hand waves all along the beach. The type of wave varies with size. When it's small it offers fun, gentle and playful waves. When it's big, it offers hollow, powerful peaks. Depending on the size of swell, it can break right out the back or closer to the shore. It holds anywhere from 1-2ft to 6-8ft

IDEAL CONDITIONS

Suffolk Park beach works best in westerly winds and easterly swells.

SKILL LEVEL

Due to Suffolk Park beach being unpatrolled and a little secluded, it's recommended for intermediate to experienced suffers only.

NEED TO KNOW

Be careful of the rips and currents and the deep gutters.

SUFFOLK PARK - OLI AYO

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Oli Ayo
Oli is a local Byron Bay surfer, photographer and videographer with a gallery of incredible drone imagery shot above Byron Bay's best beaches and coastal landscapes.
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