Byron Bay, many call it the real summer bay, it makes sense! this sleepy coastal town is one of the best holiday destinations in Australia! With amazing forest, camping, beaches and breathtaking snorkelling spots this location have much to offer. Its located in NSW, in-between the Brunswick river and the cape Byron Marine park. With over 1,000 marine species (including leopard sharks, whales and grey nurse sharks) shipwrecks & coral, this small town is one of the best to strap on a pair of full-face snorkels and hit the water! That is why we have decided to put together an article going over the best snorkel spots in Byron Bay.
HARRY HILLS BEACH
Just 15 minutes from Byron Bay is Brunswick Heads, this is hidden away in an inlet as the ocean meets the river. Across this inlet you will find Harry Hills Beach, this is an amazing spot with a diverse variety of sea life. With calm, safe waters this spot is perfect for first-time snorkelers who aren't as confident in the water as well as children. What can you expect to see when snorkelling at Harry Hills Beach? well, this area was originally a major commercial fisheries area targeting numerous shellfish and urchins, the area still till this day is full of many of these specifies. Overall this spot is extremely isolated, has good shelter and is perfect for young families or couples looking for a private, romantic spot.
Voted number one for the best secret beach in Australia, this incredible beach won't be a secret for long after we spill the beans. Located near the broken head nature reserve and is only accessible via a walking track that starts at a dusty gravel car park. The beach is full of fine white sands and crystal blue waters giving you a true Byron Bay experience! Snorkelling here is a real treat as well with dolphin spotting regularly as well as shallow rock pools for children and unconfident snorkelers to enjoy.
North of Byron Bay you will find the icon Belongil Beach. Once again this beach is a little tricky to get to but nothing Google maps cant help with. Often patrolled this beach isn't as safe as the other two but has a great amount of different aquatic life, especially further up where the belongil creek meets the ocean! Here where the salt and fresh meet you will find many large schools of fish feasting. Please note that this area can pick up with swell so always check the reports and ensure you follow all measure to have a safe snorkelling trip.
Main Beach is the most iconic beach in Byron Bay, located near the main car park its directly across from the town's centre. With a small swell, this beach is stable for swimmers of all ages. Here you can find much sea life including whiting and herring as well as the occasional manta ray. Snorkelling at Main Beach is really great for those visiting Byron but don't have a car and cant access the more remote beaches as mentioned above.