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What’s On? Byron Bay Surf Festival 24 – 27 August

What’s On? Byron Bay Surf Festival 24 – 27 August

Don’t miss the Byron Bay Surf Festival 2023, the most anticipated surf event of the year in the heart of Australia’s surfing paradise! Set against the stunning backdrop of Byron Bay’s pristine beaches and azure waters, this festival is more than just a celebration of surfing—it’s a tribute to the vibrant culture, community, and spirit of the ocean.

Every year, surf enthusiasts, professionals, and newcomers from around the world gather here to share their passion, showcase their skills, and immerse themselves in the world of waves.

Legendary figures like Mark Occhilupo, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tom Carroll, Bob McTavish, Jack McCoy, Steph Gilmore and Dave Rastovich have all graced the festival’s stages and participated in its exhilarating competitions. Their presence not only acknowledges the festival’s prestige but also serves as a testament to the importance of this event within the global surfing community.

From thrilling surf competitions to eco-conscious workshops, music performances to art installations, the Byron Bay Surf Festival offers a diverse range of activities that cater to all ages and interests.

Whether you’re a seasoned surfer looking to catch the perfect wave, a beginner eager to learn from the best, or simply an ocean lover wanting to soak up the sun and vibes, there’s something for everyone. Dive into the festival’s rich program, connect with like-minded souls, and let the rhythm of the ocean inspire and rejuvenate you.

Join us for a weekend of sun, surf, and soulful connections. The waves are calling!

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What to expect

The Byron Bay Surf Festival starts on 24 August and lasts for three full days, concluding on August 27. The festival takes place at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay NSW. 

Every day will be full of diverse activities, with 10 events including surfing, art, music, health, and environment. The Byron Bay Surf Festival is more than a sports competition. It is a celebration of surf culture that will allow you to connect with like-minded people, and introduce special guests who are experts in their fields. 

Tickets are available to enter the various competitions that will take place during the festival, ranging from $39 for the Cosmic Creek competition to $110 for advanced pro-level surfers. There are surf events for surfers 18 and under, 50 and over, and even team competitions – there’s something for everyone, no matter how long you’ve been surfing!

You’ll also have the opportunity to check out the event’s top-notch sponsors this year. Sponsors like Gage Roads Brewery, renowned for their dedication to crafting exceptional brews, are excited to be part of an event that celebrates quality and innovation.

Vissla Surf, a dynamic and environmentally conscious brand, sees the festival as an ideal platform to showcase their commitment to sustainably produced surf gear and apparel. The presence of brands like Allpress Coffee, OakBerry, and World Surfaris further enhances the festival experience.

Check out the highlights from last year’s festival:


The Byron Bay Surf Festival is deeply committed to sustainability and takes their environmental impact seriously. The festival pledges to minimise energy usage and waste, and will hold daily beach clean-ups at the festival locations to help protect the natural environment that surfers enjoy. 

Where to stay

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As a surf enthusiast, what could be better than waking up just steps from the ocean?  Broken Head Holiday Park offers a range of beachfront accommodation that puts you close to nature while still enjoying a comfortable and relaxing escape.

Our camp facilities provide everything you need, from an outdoor kitchen, barbeque area, laundry facilities, and more. You can book a spot for your camper, or if you want to get comfier you can check out our beach shacks, and deluxe cabins that are suitable for one person or a couple, as well as a whole group of friends and family members.

Book now to secure your spot

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