The beaches are the main reason tourists come to Byron Bay, home to some of the best surfing in the world. Byron Main, Watego’s Beach, and the Pass are the most popular beaches, with wave difficulty that increases in that order. Lesser known Tallow’s Beach on the south side of the Byron headland is popular with locals for its larger surfs. If you’re out near sunset, you might come across pods of dolphins riding the waves along with you. There’s a clothing optional beach north of Byron Beach Club at Tyagarah.
Kings Beach, one of the most beautiful nudist beaches anywhere, is the unofficial gay beach of Byron Bay. A short drive to the south, along Pacific Highway toward Ballina, turn left at the Broken Head trailer park turnoff just past Suffolk Park. Just before the trailer park turn right onto the dirt road towards Broken Head nature reserve. At the top of the hill is a parking lot, from which a steep trail decends to Kings Beach. Around 800 meters long, the trail wends through lush nature reserve forest full of wildlife. The beach itself is stunning: wide expanses of sand punctuated by rocky outcrops, shelter from the sun beneath palm trees at the southern end, and cruisy trails to be explored behind the strand.