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Dunes at Clarkes Beach at risk of collapsing - please stay clear

Byron Shire residents and visitors are being asked to stay away from the dunes at Clarkes Beach.

Director of infrastructure services, Phil Holloway, said the area has seen significant coastal erosion in the past week and could potentially collapse.

“People sunbaking are urged to not sit close to the erosion escarpment and not allow children to play or dig under the dunes.

Clarkes Beach is presently starved of sand due to limited sand bypassing off Cape Byron and insignificant southerly swells over the past few years. Plus, we’ve had higher than normal high tides (king tides).”

Some of the access tracks from the coastal reserve to the beach have also undergone severe erosion, collapsed and have been closed.

Council will be undertaking works on the beach accesses in the coming days and asks for beach goers to use alternative access and to please not take down the signage or tape.


  • Be aware of the risk that unstable dunes present
  • Avoid lying/sunbathing directly under the escarpment
  • Do not allow children to play directly under or around the dune escarpment
  • Stay off the dunes to allow the dune vegetation to re-establish
  • Use the formal access paths to access the beach

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.