Surf life saving services


Together with Cape Byron Headland Trust and the Australian Life Guard Service, we provide beach surf life saving services to specific beaches within Byron Shire Council.

Visit the beachsafe website to find all the information you need to keep informed and stay safe while visiting any of Australia's 11,726 beaches, or download Surf Life Saving’s Beachsafe App.

Surf safety tips

  • always swim or surf at patrolled beaches

  • Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the safer area for swimming.

  • never swim, surf or fish alone

  • read and obey the signs

  • be aware of rip currents (know how to spot one and how to escape from one)

  • don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • never run or dive in the water, even if you have checked before as water conditions can change

  • if in doubt stay out

  • seek advice from the lifesavers and lifeguards


Patrolled beaches in Byron Shire

Professional lifeguard services

Beach No of lifeguards Days per week Start date Finish date
South Golden Beach 2 7 21/12/2019


Brunswick Heads Main Beach 2 5


First Sun Holiday Park 2 7


Byron Bay Main Beach* 2 5


The Pass 1 7


Wategos 1 7 10/04/2020 26/04/2020
Tallow Beach 1 7 10/04/2020 26/04/2020
Suffolk Park 2 7 21/12/2019 27/01/2020
Broken Head Beach 1 7 21/12/2019 27/01/2020

*Byron Bay Main Beach

An additional roving patrol member will be provided during:

  • NSW Christmas and April School Holidays from 21/12/2019 to 27/01/2020 and from 10/04/2020 to 26/04/2020

  • New Year's Eve from 6.00pm through to 2.00am  (An additional 2 Lifeguards)

Surf Life Saving volunteers will patrol Byron main beaches on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays during the 2019/2020 season.

Brunswick Heads

The Surf Life Saving volunteers will patrol Brunswick Heads beaches on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays during the 2019/2020 season.

Cape Byron Headland Trust

The Pass, Wategos, Broken Head and Tallow Beaches fall under the Management of the Cape Byron Headland Trust.