Located between Byron Bay’s Main Beach and surfing hot spot the Pass is the idyllic piece of Byron Bay coastline Clarkes Beach. 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 see you arrive in Byron Bay town within a few minutes.
THINGS TO DO
Clarkes Beach is beautiful swimming spot, with the north-facing beach enjoying the pristine Byron Bay climate and conditions most of the year. Lifeguard patrols just along at Main Beach provided during summer and school holidays ensure safe swimming for all the family.
At low tide, enjoy a spot of snorkelling and for the adventurers, Clarkes is perfect for body boarding, windsurfing, diving, paragliding and surfing, offering small, easy-going waves and ideal learning conditions for beginner surfers.
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 to skilled surfers.
On the beachfront sits Beach Byron, an award winning cafe open daily for breakfast and lunch, and for 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 local favourite Top Shop Cafe which provides amazing takeaway coffee, breakfast and lunch.
With paid parking, toilets and 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.