Wategos Beach is one of Byron Bay’s best locations to picnic, surf and explore this peaceful sheltered beach. If you are looking for somewhere to perch up for the day, I couldn’t recommend Wategos Beach enough!
I have put together this complete guide of Wategos Beach including how to get there and what to expect!
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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 Beach.
If you are heading to Wategos Beach from south of Byron Bay, it’s approximately a 40-minute drive from the nearby town of Ballina.
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 to experience the beauty of Wategos Beach.
Be careful if you try to avoid not paying for parking when you visit Wategos Beach as there are parking inspectors that will give you a nasty fine if you don’t have a valid parking ticket.
Arriving at Wategos Beach
Idyllic scenes at Wategos Beach
4 TOP THINGS TO DO AT WATEGOS BEACH
#1 PICNIC AT WATEGOS BEACH
Pack a picnic, some drinks and something to cook up on one of the free beachside barbecues at Wategos Beach and enjoy it on the beach or at a picnic table.
#2 SURFING AT WATEGOS BEACH
If you’re on the hunt for some uncrowded waves when visiting Byron Bay, Wategos Beach is a good pick especially if you are a longboarder.
The right-hand point break wraps in around Cape Byron and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins as they surf the incoming waves at Wategos Beach.
#3 LITTLE WATEGOS BEACH
Follow the rocks along the southern end of Wategos Beach and right around the bend you will find another hidden gem known as Little Wategos Beach.
Little Wategos Beach is a slice of paradise and it is the most Easterly Point Of Mainland Australia. You can find some awesome little rock pools among the rocky headland on low tide.
#4 CLIMB THE STAIRS TO CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE
Another one of the best things to do at Wategos Beach 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 at Wategos Beach or there is also a track up from Little Wategos Beach.
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.
Wategos Beach Byron Bay
Little Wategos Beach
Exploring Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse near Wategos Beach
PIN LOCATION OF WATEGOS BEACH
WHERE TO STAY NEAR WATEGOS BEACH
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 near Wategos Beach 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
Mid Range: Glen Villa Resort
Budget: Nomads Backpackers
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR WATEGOS BEACH
The stretch of coastline and hinterland areas between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast boasts many awesome beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes and all-around naturalistic adventures waiting to be had!
This is what Australia is all about and what I aim to share with you all in my detailed guides.
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• Gold Coast: 11 Best Gold Coast Beaches
• Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls
• Currumbin: Currumbin Rock Pools
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• Byron Bay: Things To Do In Byron Bay
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF WATEGOS BEACH
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