Byron Bay’s Main Beach drains into Clarkes Beach, a calm north-facing strip of sand with beachfront parking, fantastic amenities, and a big RV park, farther around the bay to the east.

clarkes beach at sunset

Clarkes Beach is ideal for swimming since the waves are tiny yet large enough to accommodate learn-to-surf programmes, which are frequently held there.

It’s also a popular snorkelling location, with some rocky places along the coast to explore.

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Where is Clarkes Beach Byron Bay?

Clarkes Beach, located just south of the world-famous Cape Byron Lighthouse, is broad and welcoming, running from Lawson Street to Lighthouse Road. A short and beautiful coastal stroll down Clarkes Beach to Main Beach will get you to Byron Bay town in a matter of minutes.

Is Clarkes Beach dog friendly?

No, unfortunately, Clarkes beach is not dog friendly. But Tallow and Belongil beaches are.

Is Clarkes Beach Patrolled by Lifesavers?

Clarkes Beach is rarely patrolled (nearby beaches, The Pass and Main Beach are patrolled). For further information about local surf lifesaving, please visit the Byron Shire Council website or the Beach Safe Website.

Is Clarkes beach good for surfing?

Clarkes Beach provides decent shelter from heavy south swells and winds and maybe a wonderful site for practising surfing on small wave days and higher tides — lower tides see the waves dump on shallow sandbars with a surprising amount of speed and intensity, even when the waves are modest.

Huge crowds and challenging waves combine during school holidays, weekends, and when the waves are big in the bay to make this spot one of the most chaotic and dangerous surf zones in Australia, especially at the rocky outcrop known as The Pass, which should always be avoided by inexperienced surfers.

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