Kitesurfing Locations Around Byron Bay

Byron Bay hosts some of the best kitesurfing locations in Eastern Australia. No matter if you are into wave riding, freestyle, freeride or hydrofoil, there is something for you. In the summer, northerlies blow and The Pass is a great place to kite. In southerlies, hit the open beaches for some magic moments, but please read the guidelines at the bottom of this page and speak to local kiters before going out.

The Pass, Byron Bay

Kitesurfing The Pass, Byron Bay

Kitesurfing, launching and landing kites are prohibited from Main Beach carpark to Clarkes Beach Cafe. This is due to normally onshore conditions and a high density of other beach users.

There is a kite launch and landing area between Clarkes Beach Cafe and the Pass. The area is best on N, NW and NE. This section of beach has cross-onshore to onsore winds and a buffer of beach downwind, therefore considered safest area. Note there can be rocks downwind along the beach.

The best access is from Captain Cooks carpark or alternately Clarkes Beach carpark or The Pass.

Intermediate to advanced kiters only should use this area. You must be able to stay upwind comfortably and be used to riding in wave conditions. No commercial kiting / lessons are allowed either on land or water in this area.

Other Kitesurfing Locations Near Byron Bay

Kitesurfing Tallows Beach

Tallows Beach

No Power Kites or kitesurfing at Cosy Corner where hang-gliders land – that is, north of the southern-most track to the carpark.

Kitesurfing Suffolk Park

Suffolk Park

Works on NE and SE wind, open ocean with rips and currents. Small to large surf for intermediate to Advanced riders

Kitesurfing Broken Head

Broken Head

Works on N and NE wind only
Limited space and lots of surfers

Kitesurfing Lennox Head

Lennox Head

Seven mile beach just near the surf club for launching and landing.
4wd access short drive past the Lake on the west side.
Best winds NE and SE
Open ocean with Rips and Currents.
Intermediate to advanced riders.

Kitesurfing Flat Rock Ballina

Flat Rock Ballina

Advanced riders only.
Waves only.
SW, S, SE, N and NE winds
Best on S and SE.
Small to big waves.

Kitesurfing Ballina River

Ballina River

Flat water
Gusty Conditions
Beware of outgoing tide

Kitesurfing Guidelines for Byron Shire

No Kitesurfing in designated swimming areas, i.e. within 60m either side of swimming flags, extending 500m out from the flags.

As per NSW Maritime safety guidelines, keep at least 60m distance off from other people if travelling at a speed of 10 knots or greater. At less than 10 knots you may proceed with caution navigating around other water users at a safe distance. If crowds make keeping this distance away from others impossible, then it is not suitable to kitesurf and other beaches should be used.

Kitesurfers must have public liability insurance for land and water, eg. KA (Kitesurfing Australian) or IKO membership compulsory. Your tag must be displayed on harness. A safety leash must be worn whilst kiting.

Please comply with the Kiteboarding Australia safe kiting guidelines.