With a river running through its centre, surfing beaches to one side and spectacular mountains behind, the small seaside town of Brunswick Heads is a place of natural beauty in every direction.
Brunswick Heads has an unspoilt, relaxed village atmosphere. Timber bridges connect the shops and the beaches across a beautiful creek that runs off the wide Brunswick River. There are also riverside parks that are perfect for picnicking, lively and sophisticated locally-run shops and cafes lining the streets, and pristine hinterland surrounding the town.
Brunswick Heads is located 20km north of Byron Bay. By car, go north out of town on Ewingsdale Road, then north on the Pacific Highway and take the Brunswick Heads exit.
Things to Do in Brunswick Heads:
A Brunswick Heads holiday is an affordable way to entertain the whole family. For those who like adventure, the Brunswick River is an endless source of entertainment. There are dinghys, canoes and paddleboats for hire that are great for exploring the local scenery and soaking up the sun. If you’re not an experienced boatie don’t be put off by the size of the majestic Brunswick River – there’s a gentle creek that runs through the centre of town which offers a peaceful kayaking alternative and a chance to have a peak at Brunswick’s quieter side.
Brunswick Heads Walking Tracks
If you feel more at home on dry land, Brunswick Heads also boasts spectacular walking tracks. Have a wander along the many riverbank paths or go for a walk down one of the vast, open beaches. There are routes along the Brunswick break walls that line the river mouth, around the boat harbour and through the nearby bushland which all exhibit the natural beauty of the local area.
Brunswick Heads Fishing
There’s also great fishing in Brunswick Heads. Because the area is part of a Marine Park, check with the fishing shops in town where is best to go and grab a permit before you cast a line. Once you’re ready to head out, there are plenty of spots to pick from. Between the ocean and the river there’s a wide and abundant range of fish populations.
Brunswick Heads Beaches
Brunswick Heads’ beaches are also popular. Nestled between the break walls at the mouth of the river is the protected Torakina Beach. With only the occasional wave and a strip of sunny sand, it’s perfect for the little ones learning to swim (but do take care when the tide is going out). A unique blend of the river and the beach, Torakina combines the best of both worlds.
To the south of the break wall is Brunswick Heads Beach. Patrolled by the local surf club, it’s a long, unprotected beach that sweeps all the way south to Byron Bay. With decent waves and stunning views, it’s great for surfing, swimming or long beach walks.
To the north of the break wall is North Head Beach, which is a favorite among local surfers. Close to the mouth of the Brunswick River, it’s accessible by the Pacific Highway or simply by paddling across from the south break wall.
Brunswick Heads Dining
Across from the riverbank in the centre of town is a strip of water-view restaurants and cafes.
From takeaways that can be eaten in the nearby riverside park, to restaurants that will wine and dine you to perfection, Brunswick Heads is an eating sensation. With high quality food and a spectacular scenic backdrop, dining out in Brunswick is an experience you won’t easily forget.The iconic Hotel Brunswick offers excellent food, cold beers and a friendly-family atmosphere in a riverfront beer garden shaded by giant poinciana trees.
Brunswick Heads Accommodation
In town,there’s plenty of accommodation, with a price range to suit any budget. From caravan parks on the riverbanks, to holiday houses with water views, Brunswick Heads caters for family holidays, romantic getaways and everything in between. The Hotel Brunswick offers character-filled Single, Twin, Queen and Family rooms.
Brunswick Heads Markets and Festivals
The Brunswick Heads Market is held on the riverbank in Memorial Park on the first Saturday of the month.
Brunswick Heads prides itself on hosting several eco-friendly and affordable family events throughout the year. These include the Kites and Bikes Festival (held bi-annually), Old & Gold Festival (for collectables, antiques and anything secondhand, including a town Garage Sale), the Mullum to Bruns Paddle, and the Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photography Competition.