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Tallow Beach

Arakwal National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Tallow Beach.

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Tallow Beach is in the eastern precinct of Arakwal National Park. The beach is accessed from Cosy Corner picnic area in Cape Byron State Conservation Area. To get there:

    • Take Lawson Street east for approximately 2km from Byron Bay town centre
    • Where Lawson Street becomes Lighthouse Road, turn right onto Tallow Beach Road and follow to the end.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Cosy Corner picnic area. $4 per hour (pay and display machine), or buy an NPWS annual pass.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Arakwal National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    Watch from the beach as humpback whales pass by on their way home from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica, many with calves.

    Summer

    Take a dip at Tallow Beach to cool off from the summer heat.

    Winter

    Now, the humpback whales are heading north, migrating to the Great Barrier Reef for the cooler months. Don't forget the binoculars.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20.3°C and 27.2°C

    Highest recorded

    35.1°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    12°C and 19.8°C

    Lowest recorded

    3.3°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    350.4mm

    Facilities

    • Toilets and picnic facilities are located at Cosy Corner picnic area
    • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Permitted

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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    Tallow Beach, Arakwal National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government