Holidays in Arakwal National Park

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Arakwal National Park featuring a beach

Watch whales on the horizon and shorebirds on the water’s edge as you stroll along the shoreline of this beach reserve stretching south of Cape Byron.

Arakwal National Park is a protected area of golden sands and coastal heathland named for the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land. The Arakwal indigenous community co-manages this beautiful national park that bridges the Cape Byron State Conservation Area and the Broken Head Nature Reserve. Swim in the waves or walk on the soft sands and enjoy views of the uninterrupted horizon of the Pacific Ocean, bordered to the north by the rocky bluff of Cape Byron.

A great place to start is Tallow Beach, the national park’s sandy crown. Wander along the beautiful 2-mile (3-kilometer) beach, which lies between two rugged headlands. Play in the shallows with the kids or swim in the gentle waves. If the tide is right, wax your surfboard and take on the bigger breaks. Another popular pastime at Tallow Beach is beach fishing. Ask a local what fish are biting and learn about the best places to cast a line.

Stretch out on the sand and spot pied oystercatcher birds patrolling the shoreline for mollusks. You might see white-bellied sea eagles and osprey soaring overhead. Look toward the paperbark trees growing from the dunes behind you to try to spot a variety of woodland birds. During spring and winter, Tallow Beach is a prime location for watching humpback whales as they migrate between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef. Bring along a pair of binoculars for the best chance of spotting these magnificent creatures.

Explore the paths that weave through the dune vegetation and appreciate this haven for Aboriginal cultural heritage and local wildlife. Picnic and restroom facilities are available at the national park’s northern entrance.

Arakwal National Park is about a 10-minute drive from the town of Byron Bay. Reach Tallow Beach via the Cosy Corner picnic area in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Use the parking at Cosy Corner for a fee. Tallow Beach is not patrolled, so be careful of undercurrents and rough swells. The national park is open to visitors at all times, except in the case of rough weather or extreme fire hazard conditions.

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Glen Villa Resort
Glen Villa Resort
3 out of 5
80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$89 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this holiday park is within a 10-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Cumbebin Swamp Nature Reserve. Main Beach ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (683 reviews)
"Good service Clean Quiet"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2021

Glen Villa Resort
Waves Byron Bay
Waves Byron Bay
4.5 out of 5
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$188 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
With direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay motel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Beach, Belongil Beach and Byron Tourist Information Centre. Arakwal ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (587 reviews)
"Spaces, well appointed and fresh, and lovely sea breeze overlooking park and beach"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Waves Byron Bay
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$321 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Belongil Beach and Cumbebin ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (710 reviews)
Amazing comfortable bed in a great location!
"Great friendly staff, central and safe location. Would recommend to friends and family. Bed was amazingly comfortable!!"

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2021

Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
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Glen Villa Resort
Glen Villa Resort
3 out of 5
80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$89 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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Waves Byron Bay
Waves Byron Bay
4.5 out of 5
35 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$188 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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Byron Bay Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
20-22 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$321 per night from 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
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Byron Central Apartments
Byron Central Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5 - 7 Byron Street, Byron Bay, NSW
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The Oasis Apartments and Treetop Houses
4 out of 5
24 Scott Street, Byron Bay, NSW
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Hibiscus Motel
Hibiscus Motel
2 out of 5
33 Lawson St, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$180 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Hibiscus Motel
just metres from the beach & short drive to Byron centre
just metres from the beach & short drive to Byron centre
1 Ocean StreetByron Bay, New South, Wales 2481, Byron Bay, NSW
just metres from the beach & short drive to Byron centre
Your Luxury Escape - OneCoral
Your Luxury Escape - OneCoral
4 out of 5
1 Coral Court, Byron Bay, NSW
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Byron BaySide Central Studio Apartments
3.5 out of 5
14 Middleton Street, Byron Bay, NSW
The price is AU$93 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
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