Wategos Beach In Byron Bay – A Complete Guide

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Wategos Beach is one of Byron Bay’s best locations to picnic, surf, and explore this peaceful sheltered bay!

If you are looking for somewhere to perch up for the day, I can’t recommend this stunning beach enough!

I have put together this complete guide to Wategos Beach including where it is, how to get there, where to stay, and what to expect when you arrive.

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WHERE IS WATEGOS BEACH BYRON BAY?

Wategos Beach is located on the northern side of Cape Byron Lighthouse. From central Byron, it’s approximately a 10-minute drive from the center of town or a 1-hour walk along the coastal boardwalk to reach Wategos.

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HOW TO GET HERE

If you are heading here from the center of Byron Bay, it’s no more than a 10-minute drive. From the nearby town of Ballina, it’s approximately a 40-minute drive to reach Wategos Byron.

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Parking is limited at Wategos Beach Byron so you may have to do a couple of laps of the parking lot before you score a park. It is metered parking that costs $4 per hour, not the cheapest but it’s worth it.

Be careful if you try to avoid not paying for parking when you visit as there are parking inspectors that will give you a nasty fine if you don’t have a valid parking ticket.

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THINGS TO DO AT WATEGOS BEACH

HAVE A PICNIC AT THE BEACH

Pack a picnic, some drinks, and something to cook up on one of the free beachside barbecues and enjoy it on the beach or at a picnic table.

GO SURFING

If you’re on the hunt for some uncrowded waves when visiting Byron Bay, this is a good pick especially if you are a longboarder.

The right-hand point break wraps around Cape Byron and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins as they surf the incoming waves.

VISIT LITTLE WATEGOS BEACH

Follow the rocks along the southern end of the main beach and right around the bend you will find another hidden gem known as Little Wategos Beach.

This slice of paradise and it’s the most Easterly Point Of Mainland Australia. You can find some awesome little rock pools among the rocky headland on low tide.

CLIMB THE STAIRS TO CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE

Another one of the best things to do is to climb the stairs to the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse.

You can access the walking track to get to the lighthouse either from the end of the car park, or there is also a track leading up from Little Wategos.

This is one of my favorite short walks in Byron that offers amazing views up and down the coastline. Take your time on this mini trek as you will most likely spot some native Australian wildlife such as kangaroos and laughing kookaburras.

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST

The coastline and hinterland areas between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast boast awesome beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes, and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR BYRON BAY

When visiting Byron Bay, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Australian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN BYRON

There are countless accommodation options to choose from in Byron Bay so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: The Watermark

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Mid Range: Glen Villa Resort

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Budget: Nomads Backpackers

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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