Up the northern end of Byron Bay, Belongil Beach is oft overlooked and we just can’t work out why – number 22 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Sophie Falkiner, TV presenter.

Byron Bay is no secret, but up its northern end sits Belongil Beach, which is so much quieter that it’s usually overlooked. And that’s precisely why it’s so fantastic, says Sophie Falkiner.

“We’ve just discovered these great cabins called Bluewater on the Beach (from $275 per night). They sit on a stretch of grass that drops directly onto the sand, and the guy who runs them has set up a self-serve ‘toy garage’ – there are paddle boards, boogie boards, mini mals, wetsuits, cricket sets, push bikes, kites, umbrellas, so you can really set yourself up for a good day.”

Just across the road happens to be Byron’s best pizzas at Treehouse (“they’re thin and crispy, and served with fabulous cocktails, amazing salads and live music”) and Belongil Bistro, which serves green juices and freshly baked muffins each morning.

“The kids boogie board, there’s plenty of privacy and best of all, you’re still so close to the hub of Byron that you don’t have to get into a car,” she says. “You just walk for 10 minutes along the beach and you’re home.”


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