Located between the Main Beach and The Pass is Clarkes Beach - an idyllic piece of Byron Bay coastline. Sitting just south of the world-famous Cape Byron Lighthouse, Clarkes Beach is wide and inviting, stretching from Lawson Street to Lighthouse Road.
A short and gorgeous beachside stroll along Clarkes Beach to Main Beach will tell you’ve arrived in Byron Bay town.
THINGS TO DO AT CLARKES BEACH
Clarkes Beach is a beautiful swimming spot, with the north-facing beach enjoying the pristine Byron Bay climate and conditions most of the year. During summer and school holidays, lifeguard patrols at the Main Beach ensure safe swimming for all.
Clarkes Beach is perfect for adventurers who love to do bodyboarding, windsurfing, diving, paragliding and surfing. It also boasts small, easy-going waves - an ideal learning condition for beginner surfers. At low tide, enjoy a spot in the ocean for snorkelling.
At the very end of Clarkes Beach is Byron Bay's most famous surf break, The Pass. A world-class long right-hand point break, The Pass can offer surfers a ride of up to 400m in the right conditions. When the waves are small, The Pass is a great wave for learners but in the bigger swells, this break is more suited for skilled surfers.
On the beachfront sits Beach Byron, an award winning cafe open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner during peak seasons. The food is created using the finest local produce and caters to the casual diner up to the more discerning. A few minutes up Massinger Street is Top Shop Cafe - a local favourite offering amazing takeaway coffee, breakfast and lunch.
With paid parking, toilets, showers and BBQ facilities, Clarkes Beach is perfect for a whole day dedicated to sun, surf and sand.
Just offshore from Clarkes Beach is Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, located 3km north of Cape Byron, with dive and snorkel boats accessing this incredible underwater wonderland from the boat ramp at The Pass. Featuring caves and coral alike, Julian Rocks attracts a range of temperate and tropical fish.