Wategos Beach - Byron Bay
- Surfing for all levels
- Most easterly beach in Australia
- Sheltered north facing
- Great spot for a family picnic
Just over the headland from The Pass, and located in a stunning forest bay, Wategos is Australia’s most easterly beach.
Although the Cape remains relatively undeveloped, the valley surrounding this beach was first settled in the mid 1930s by the Watego family, who leased the land to establish a banana plantation. Subdivided in the 1960s, its northern slopes have subsequently become Byron Bay’s most exclusive suburb. Surrounded by National Park walking trails, this picturesque beach is as popular with locals as with tourists, and is regarded as one of the most luxurious holiday locations in Australia.
Sheltered by its north-facing aspect, Wategos a great place to have a family picnic any time of the year. Popular for its slow and playful right-hand waves, it’s another of Byron’s favourite surfing spots, especially among longboard riders. In summer the beach is patrolled at the dates and times specified in the lifeguard services guide.
Wategos Beach can be accessed via Palm Valley Drive off Lighthouse Road. Only limited parking is available along the back of the beach, however. And although there are numerous barbecue and picnic facilities, there are no shops nearby. In peak season and often on weekends juice or coffee vans are around but it’s a good idea to bring your own refreshments.