Byron Bay Online Guide's
Catchment Area: 18 km2
Waterway Area: 0.3 km2
Entrance Characteristics: Intermittently open and untrained
Location (Lat-Long): 153°35'E 28°39'S
Location (from Sydney): 790 km N
A high littoral transport rate of approximately 80,000 m3/yr passes the entrance from south to north. The approximate length of the creek is 3 km. The coastal town of Byron Bay adjoins the catchment to the south.
Population and Holiday Centres
Highest catchment rainfall of all NSW estuaries (1,850 mm/yr).
30% of catchment is fresh water swamp - aquatic bird habitat.
Estuary largely covered by mangrove and saltmarsh beds.
Type Area (sq km) Species (Species Types)
Mangroves 0.050 av,ae
Winter is a misnomer for July in Byron Bay. Even with the sun at its smallest Byron Bay basks at a balmy 20-degree average, the same as the waves that nudge Belongil Beach
For those who want 'clothing optional' swimming there is a nude beach which has been designated by Byron Council. It is located 500 metres west of Belongil Creek and can be accessed by driving down Grays Lane at Tyagarah. If someone is coming down from Queensland and they want to go to a legal clothing optional beach, then Tyagarah is the northern end of Belongil Beach. Enter off Pacific Highway about six kilometres before you get to the Byron Bay turnoff. The road is called Grays Road and it takes you into the National Park and right to Tyagarah Beach.
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