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Tyagarah Nature Reserve

“Whether sitting on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves rolling in or walking the beach watching the birdlife fly by, you can’t help but feel relaxed here.”

Tyagarah Nature Reserve protects a lovely strip of coastline, which runs for 7km between Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. The coastal heath provides a gorgeous backdrop to the reserve’s unspoilt beach.

Catch a few waves, stroll by the water, build sandcastles with the kids or throw your line into the water for a spot of fishing – all within easy reach of Byron Bay township, yet peacefully away from the crowds.

In spring, eager whale-watchers gather on the beach, hoping to catch sight of the humpback whale mums and their new calves passing by on their way home from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica.

There are bushwalking tracks behind the dunes that self-reliant bushwalkers will enjoy exploring. Or, you can just kick back and relax in the picnic area.

The beach adjacent to the reserve, south of the picnic area at the end of Grays Lane, has been designated a ‘clothes optional beach’ (nudist beach) by Byron Shire Council.


Why you should visit

Tyagarah Nature Reserve is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Generations of Aboriginal history
The reserve falls within the Bundjalung nation and is of importance to the local Arakwal people who have affiliations and connections to the reserve and surrounds. The abundant resources of the reserve have been used by generations of Bundjalung people, who are the original custodians of northern coastal areas of NSW.

Colourful wildlife
Among the diverse wildlife you may encounter here are Australian bush turkeys wandering the nearby tracks in search of food. Ospreys, brahminy kits and majestic white-bellied sea eagles patrol the coast, sometimes swooping dramatically to snatch food from the sea. Pied oystercatchers, with their distinctive long red beaks, may be seen searching for pippis along the beach. If you’re especially lucky, you may even come across a wallaby grazing beside the track that runs from Grays Lane to Brunswick Heads. Threatened species recorded in the reserve include the long-nosed potoroo, wallum froglet, and the Mitchells Rainforest snail.

Unique, endangered ecology
The reserve protects six endangered ecological communities in the north coast bioregion: coastal saltmarsh; swamp sclerophyll forest; littoral rainforest; lowland rainforest on floodplain; subtropical coastal floodplain forest; and swamp oak floodplain forest. A huge total of 33 threatened plant species are known, or likely to occur, within the reserve such as stinking crypotocarya, red lilly pilly and green-leaved rose walnut.

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Getting there


From Byron Bay:

  • Drive to the Pacific Highway and head north until you come to Grays Lane and turn left
  • Follow Grays Lane to the end of the road, where you’ll find a carpark.

Get driving directions


 Opening times

Tyagarah Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.


Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day.

 Close to

Tyagarah Nature Reserve is close to:

  • Byron Bay (13km)
  • Ballina (40km)
  • Gold Coast (80km)
  • Brisbane (155km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.


Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Tyagarah Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Watch from the dunes and beach as humpback whale mums and their new calves pass by on their way home from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • The perfect time to enjoy swimming, sunbathing and fishing on the reserve’s gorgeous beach, or eating and relaxing in the picnic area.



  • The average temperature ranges between 22°C and 27°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 35.1° C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 12°C and 20°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is 3.3° C


  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest is September.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 350.4mm in one day


Byron Bay

Phone: 02 6620 9300
Street address: Tallow Beach Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

Tyagarag Nature Reserve. Photo: David Young