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Wategos Beach

Swim or stroll at this beach sheltered by the rocky bluff of Cape Byron and you might see dolphins surfing on the offshore swell.

Wategos Beach is a beautifully protected crescent beach that huddles below the most easterly point in mainland Australia. Swim and play in the gentle waves that roll in from the north or explore the grassy foreshore. With scenic picnic facilities, a shady promenade and walking tracks to the top of the spectacular cape, this beach is a great spot to bring the family for a day of fun by the beach.

As you approach Wategos Beach from the foreshore promenade, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the clear Byron Bay waters reaching a white sandy shore. The tree-covered headlands of Cape Byron tower over the beach’s northern edge. Wander down to the sandy shoreline and pick a spot to lay down your towel. Swim amid the gentle waves and enjoy views of the warm ultramarine waters, which deepen into the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. If there is a little swell offshore, you might see dolphins frolicking in the rolling waves.

Bring some fresh fish and other picnic items and make use of the sheltered barbecue area, where you can grill your lunch. Spread out your picnic on the tables that line the grassy foreshore under the shade of she-oak trees, or head back down to the soft sand to enjoy your meal.

After your picnic, you’ll be ready to take on the steep stairway that winds up the edge of Cape Byron to the plateau of the bluff. Walk around the mesmerizing Cape Byron Track and see unbeatable views of the surrounding coastline. Don’t miss a visit to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, which has lit the way for passing seafarers since 1901. The lighthouse has a museum on its lower floors and can be toured for a small donation.

Wategos Beach is located 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) northwest of the town of Byron Bay and is part of the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. There is a parking lot parallel to the beach, but entry fees will apply per vehicle parked in the conservation area. There is a public restroom on the foreshore.


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Lodging Near Wategos Beach

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Byron Beachcomber $109
Byron Beachcomber

Byron Beachcomber

23-25 Shirley Street, Byron Bay
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 451 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay motel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Belongil Beach and Main Beach. Arakwal National Park and Captain Cook Lookout are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Watermark at Wategos $319
    Watermark at Wategos

    Watermark at Wategos

    29 Marine Parade, Byron Bay
       
      5.0
      of 5, from 6 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps from Arakwal National Park and Wategos Beach. Cape Byron Lighthouse and The Pass are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Victoria's at Wategos $334
      Victoria's at Wategos

      Victoria's at Wategos

      1 Marine Parade, Byron Bay
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 56 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Situated by the ocean, this luxury guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arakwal National Park, The Pass, and Main Beach. Cape Byron Lighthouse and Captain Cook Lookout are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        The Palms at Byron
        The Palms at Byron

        The Palms at Byron

        2 Palm Valley Drive, Byron Bay
           
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Arakwal National Park, The Pass, and Main Beach. Cape Byron Lighthouse and Captain Cook Lookout are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments $121
          Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments

          Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments

          20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 490 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Main Beach and Belongil Beach. Arakwal National Park and Captain Cook Lookout are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Bay Beach House
            Bay Beach House

            Bay Beach House

            162 Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 22 reviews
              4.5 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach, this luxury cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Arakwal National Park, Captain Cook Lookout, and Main Beach. The Pass and Wategos Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Reflections Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach
              Reflections Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach

              Reflections Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach

              1 Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 11 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Byron Bay campground is just steps from Arakwal National Park and Main Beach. Tallow Beach and Belongil Beach are also within 15 minutes.

                Beach Suites $268
                Beach Suites

                Beach Suites

                20 Bay Street, Byron Bay
                   
                  4.9
                  of 5, from 135 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Byron Bay apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Main Beach and Belongil Beach. Arakwal National Park and Captain Cook Lookout are also within 1 mi (2 km).