Wategos Beach

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Wategos Beach
Wategos Beach to the south, 2016

Wategos Beach to the south, 2016

location 2 km from the center of Byron Bay from
Waters Pacific
Geographical location 28 ° 38 '13 "  S , 153 ° 37' 56"  E Coordinates: 28 ° 38 '13 "  S , 153 ° 37' 56"  E
Wategos Beach (New South Wales)
Wategos Beach
length 450 m
width 35 m
nature sand
Surroundings populated
Parking spaces Yes
monitoring Guarded beach seven days a week
Nudism No

Wategos Beach ( called Currenba by the local Aborigines ) is a beach on Cape Byron , the easternmost point of mainland Australia . The sandy Wategos Beach is located in the Australian state of New South Wales . Northeast of Wategos Beach is Little Wategos Beach , a separately located, stony beach. Wategos Beach is guarded seven days a week by Surf Life Saving Australia .


Wategos Beach is two kilometers from the center of Byron Bay . Marine Parade , a street that turns into Brownell Drive , runs along the beach to about midway . In addition, the Cape Byron Walk Track runs ten meters from the beach. Julian and Julia Rocks are visible from the beach .

Not far northwest of Wategos Beach is the Cape Byron Light , the brightest lighthouse in Australia, which is visited by around 500,000 tourists every year.

Aboriginal and Etymology

Before the European settlement of the region known as the Northern Rivers , the Aboriginal tribe of the Bundjalung lived . The habitat of this Aboriginal tribe, with about 400 to 500 members, stretched from the north coast of New South Wales to the south-east coast of Queensland . The Bundjalung spoke about 20 different dialects until the time of European settlement.

The Arakwal , a Bundjalung clan, lived with about 100 members in the relatively small area of ​​Byron Bay. Their name for Byron Bay in the Minjungbal language was Cavanbaa or Idguo (place of assembly). They called Wategos Beach Currenba because of the many small streams that they in turn called Curraby.

Wategos Beach was named after a local Aboriginal family.

Shark attacks

On January 19, a person was attacked by a shark in the water off Wategos Beach but was not injured. There have been other shark sightings.

Individual evidence

  1. Surf Life Saving Services in Byron Shire ( Memento of the original from October 5, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Byron Shire Council with information on monitoring Wategos Beach. Last accessed October 5, 2016 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.byron.nsw.gov.au
  2. Wategos Beach Byronbay.com.au with information about the beach, including the origin of the name. Last accessed October 5, 2016
  3. ^ NSW shark attacks News.com.au with shark attacks in New South Wales. Last accessed October 5, 2016