In the northern side of Cape Byron, sitting just below Byron Bay’s iconic lighthouse is Wategos Beach. Sheltered, north-facing and postcard-perfect, Wategos Beach can be found by heading east from Main Beach and the Pass, just over a small headland from Clarkes Beach. Wategos can also be accessed on foot from the Lighthouse precinct via the stairs of the 4km Cape Byron walk which runs along the beach.
A short distance around the headland is Little Wategos, Australia’s most easterly beach. Small, secluded and well-protected, Little Wategos sits just inside Cape Byron’s tip, is only 150m long and can be accessed only via the wooden walkway from Wategos Beach or heading down from the Lighthouse.
Wategos Beach is 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre and can be reached in minutes from town, or in 30 mins by foot.
Things to do
Wategos Beach is a secluded swimming haven, framed by a valley at the tip of Cape Byron and protected by the headland from the wild Cape seas. Lifeguard patrolled in summer, with lazy, gentle, rolling waves, Wategos is a safe and popular swimming spot for young and old.
Little Wategos is also ideal for swimming or snorkelling - despite being small, Little Wategos is very well-protected and as it can only be accessed on foot, it’s likely to be uncrowded and secluded too.
Longboaders and learners alike will find Wategos Beach a surfing sanctuary, with a gradual waves which break progressively over the wide sandbar creating perfect learner, surfski and longboard conditions. Both Wategos and Little Wategos are best in a north-east or south-east swell direction.
Make a day of it and picnic on the shady, grassy knoll that borders the beach. Utilise the free beachside electric BBQ’s to prepare your feast and dine at the picnic tables provided, all whilst overlooking the paradise of Wategos Beach. In addition, there are toilet and shower facilities located in the Wategos picnic area.