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Byron Beaches: The Wreck

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 Mar 28th 2014 8:15am


Byron Beaches The Wreck

More of a surf spot than a beach, The Wreck, is approximately 30 metres off the shore of Belongil Beach and 60 metres from the Main Beach Car Park.

The Wreck is named for the remains of the ship Wollongbar. In 1922 the ship sank when it lost its ties to the old Byron Bay Pier during a cyclone. Its wreckage is about 30 metres long and runs parallel to the beach. The rudder tiller is visible on the eastern end of the Wreck and at low tide you can see the boilers.

The Wreck is a popular surf spot which is best surfed on mid-high tide with a W-SE wind, on a N/NE swell of 3 to 6 feet. When working well, a powerful right-hander breaks on the sand bank about 10 metres in front of the shipwreck.

Recommended for experienced surfers, this area is unpatrolled and can get a little wilder than some of the other swimming beaches near town.

Keep reading our regular Byron Bay blog to find out about other beaches in the area plus more ideas on activities, events and attractions in the region.


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