Wategos Beach

Swim with dolphins, surf with professionals, hang-glide over the ocean and stay at a luxury hotel all in this cosy bohemian enclave. Wategos Beach
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Relax in luxury at Wategos Beach

Swim with dolphins, surf with professionals, hang-glide over the ocean and stay at a luxury hotel all in this cosy bohemian enclave.

Discover the peaceful jewel of Wategos Beach on the northern New South Wales coast. Bottlenose dolphins play in turquoise waters and surfers, hippies and artists gather to get away from it all. Swim, kayak and surf, indulge in a soothing massage or healing treatments, and relax in a boutique hotel, all just five minutes’ drive from Byron Bay.

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, New South Wales

One of the first things to do when you arrive at Wategos is take the seaside walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Look out for bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales along the way and if you’re there early enough you could be the first person in Australia to greet the sun on the country’s most easterly point. When you’re done, take a kayaking trip with Go Sea Kayak where you can stop for a snorkel with the dolphins, whales and turtles in the glassy waters of nearby Cape Byron Marine Park. Led by a team of local surf lifesavers, this is also your chance to learn about local history and indigenous culture. 

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Don't miss out on the chance to try surfing while you're in Byron. Book a private lesson with local legend Rusty Miller who teaches one-on-one at Wategos Beach. Here, beneath the surrounding lush, rolling hills, you can expect gentle and well-formed waves. If you’re keen to see the area from a different perspective, book a tandem hang-gliding experience with Byron Airwaves, which takes you soaring over the ridges and cliffs surrounding Cape Byron Lighthouse. 

Beach House on Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Byron Bay is a spiritual place, too, so you’ll find every conceivable therapy here from clairvoyancy to all kinds of massage. Right on Wategos Beach, at the boutique Rae’s on Wategos hotel, is Rae’s Day Spa. Book in for the Silver Rain spa ritual which includes a body exfoliation, Vichy shower (like having a shower lying down) and aromatherapy massage. If you’re heading into town, the Byron Medicine Wheel also offers a smorgasbord of massages including deep tissue and remedial, as well as healings including reiki, acupuncture and psychic readings. 

What Wategos lacks in size, it makes up for in luxury accommodation options. Treat yourself to a stay at Rae’s on Wategos – Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Gwyneth Paltrow and Keith Richards have all stayed here, in the Indonesian- and Moroccan-inspired suites overlooking the beach. Don’t miss a meal here at Rae’s Fish Café, where Thai-influenced seafood dishes are eaten on the outdoor terrace. The classic, coastal chic Watermark apartments are another great option, situated close enough to the beach that you can fall asleep listening to the crash and sigh of the breakers.

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