Main Beach Byron is the nearest beach to Byron Bay’s main town areas and is popular with families since it is patrolled every day of the year.
People-watching is one of the finest parts of this beach: see bronzed surfers paddling down the beach to catch a wave; youngsters snapping selfies, preening and dancing, and practising their best duckface; and hippies with man buns feverishly playing on their bongo drums at neighbouring Apex Park.
Byron Bay’s famed Main Beach is conveniently located just in front of the town’s core, stretching from the main car park at the end of Jonson Street all the way to Clarkes Beach and The Pass further east. It’s swimmable, with usually very gentle waves.
A wide grassy park area just behind the beach is a popular gathering spot with great facilities such as picnic tables, barbeques, toilets, and playgrounds.
Is Main Beach Patrolled by Lifesavers?
Yes. The Australian Lifeguard Service patrols Main Beach on weekdays and volunteers on weekends and public holidays throughout the year. For further information about local surf lifesaving, please visit the Byron Shire Council website or the Beach Safe Website.
Is Main Beach good for surfing?
When the waves are modest, this is a great place for beginners to learn to surf. There is also the possibility for novice adults and children to catch white water waves here.
Is Main Beach dog friendly?
Unfortunately, no. But Byron Bay does have many other amazing beaches which allows pooches to have a swim.
Is Main Beach family friendly?
The beach itself is very family friendly but the kicker is Apex Park which just sits at the entry of Main Beach.
Apex Park is located just in front of Main Beach, Byron Bay’s most popular beach. It’s no surprise that it’s also the most popular park in the Bay, with panoramic views from Mount Warning to Julian Rocks and the renowned lighthouse; grassy beachfront parks, picnic tables, park chairs, grills, and a huge children’s playground covered by tall Norfolk Pines.
Parking is accessible just behind the park for two hours, but you must be quick or lucky to get a place. You may also park for free for up to four hours at the nearby huge beachside car park provided you have a Byron Shire residents parking voucher.
A footpath runs besides the coastline and a broad ramp just in front of the Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) allows convenient access to the beach for people with prams or strollers, or you can follow the route along the waterfront all the way up to Clarkes Beach.
Between the playground and the SLSC, a new automatic public toilet facility has been installed. Alternatively, there are public restrooms right across the parking lot, behind Fish Heads Restaurant.
There are several neighbouring places to pick from, depending on whether you want snacks, beverages, or a full dinner — you’ll be spoiled for choice.