One of Byron’s best beaches
Wild and relatively undeveloped, Belongil Beach is one of Byron Bay’s most popular shorelines. Extending 2.5 kilometres from the sandy mouth of Belongil Creek to the seawall at Main Beach in the centre of town and encompassing the wreck of the SS Wollongar, Belongil Beach offers sandy shores and clean, warm waters with moderately safe swimming conditions and variable surf breaks – the perfect place to head with a surfboard or boogie board.
Less than one kilometre from the centre of Byron Bay, Belongil Beach feels a million miles away from the tourist town with a laidback vibe and just a small amount of absolute beachfront residential housing and holiday accommodation. Belongil is also one of only two dog-friendly beaches in Byron where you can walk your pooches from the Main Beach car park up to the Byron Bay Beach Reserve near the creek. Belongil Creek is also a protected nature reserve for the endangered little tern colony that resides there, the freshwater mangroves being the ideal breeding and nesting ground for aquatic birdlife.
Amenities in the area include a beachfront caravan park and a pool near the seawall at the patrolled Main Beach end. Holiday accommodation at Belongil Beach ranges from rental cottages to luxury villas as well as resorts such as Byron Beach Resort and East on Byron Resort. If you are planning on spending the day at the beach or exploring the area, head to Treehouse on Belongil or Belongil Bistro for breakfast, lunch or dinner and drinks.
Some of the resorts offer yoga on the beach, and the area near the creek is also a clothing optional spot! To get to Belongil Beach from the town centre of Byron Bay, you can take the scenic route from Main Beach – a 15-minute walk, or a five-minute drive.