Belongil Beach - Byron Bay
- Open beach north of Main Beach car park up to Belongil Creek
- Partly dog friendly (see dog map)
- Partly clothes optional (northern end)
The southern end of this beach – the section in front of First Sun Holiday Park – is patrolled throughout the summer: you’ll find the dates and times specified in the lifeguard services guide. It can be accessed either from the northern end of Main Beach car park or from a number of smaller car parks in Belongil.
A striking backdrop to the southern end of Belongil Beach is what’s left of the hull and boilers of the shipwrecked SS Wollongbar. Tall sand dunes frame an open beach that stretches 2.5km from the seawall at Byron Bay to Belongil Creek and estuary. The views extend as far as Brunswick Heads.
Ideal for beach walkers, Belongil Beach is dog-friendly from just beyond Main Beach Car Park up as far as Manfred Street, where it turns into Reserve. You can check-out the off-leash zone map by clicking here. A beach track about a kilometre north of Byron Bay leads to a number of Belongil cafes: these are places to head for if your children are in need of refreshments.
The Reserve is home to a colony of endangered Little Terns, which fly in from East Asia every October to lay their eggs on the sand and then fly out with their young in February. King tides and big seas are among the natural hazards faced by breeding pairs. But unleashed dogs and people who don’t watch where they’re walking pose even greater dangers nowadays. So please explain to your children why we all need to tread carefully here.
The northernmost end of the beach at Tyagarah Nature Reserve is designated ‘clothing optional’ and is unpatrolled.