Clarkes Beach - Byron Bay


  • Between Main Beach and The Pass
  • Popular with families
  • Safe swimming – sandbar & tidal pools
  • Kayaking lessons here
  • Sand-cruiser beach wheelchair free hire
  • Clarkes Beach Café


General Information

Located in the curve of the bay between Main Beach and The Pass, this north-facing and flat sandy beach is popular with families. Except when the northerlies blow, Clarkes Beach is a protected haven. Usually sporting a sandbar and tidal pools, it enables kids to swim safely and enjoy various water and beach activities. Patrolled in summer at the dates and times specified in the lifeguard services guide, it’s also a favourite spot for kayaking schools.

When you visit Clarkes Beach you’ll be able to leave your car for up to four hours in a large beachfront car park for $3 per hour (capped at $20 maximum) or free of charge at the meter if you have pre-purchased Byron Shire residents annual parking exemption.

Dotted around are numerous grassy areas, each equipped with picnic tables and barbecues. Opposite the entrance to the car park you’ll find a small children’s playground, an undercover picnic table, and the public amenities block. Adjacent to these facilities is The Beach Café, where you can either purchase takeaway food or dine in-house. It provides spectacular views across the ocean.

The beach can be accessed from a number of tracks, each equipped with showers at its entrance. There is a wide flat track designed for wheelchair access which is equally ideal for prams and strollers. Anybody physically disabled can hire free of charge from this location a sand-cruiser beach wheelchair.