Brunswick Heads Beach
It might reside in close proximity to Byron Bay, but Brunswick Heads may as well be half the world away from the hustle and bustle of one of Australia’s hippest towns.
Chosen as the idyllic setting for the 2019 remake of the popular Aussie TV series SeaChange, a visit to Brunswick Heads is all about reconnecting with life’s simple pleasures.
Quieter and more down-to-earth than its popular sister town, Brunswick Heads boasts great natural beauty, quaint small-town ambiance and plenty of family friendly attractions and facilities.
A town full of quaint charm, Brunswick is renowned for its sweeping beach and pristine waterways, as well as its abundance of birdlife, fish and nature reserves.
Throw in some funky places to eat and eclectic stores to peruse and you have a destination that ticks a lot of boxes for a very low key and relaxing holiday.
Location & History
Brunswick Heads is a small, unspoiled coastal village on the NSW north coast.
Locally referred to as Brunswick or even ‘Bruns’, the town is situated 15 minutes north of Byron Bay, on a bend of the Brunswick River.
In addition to the beach, the north bank of the river hosts a protected rainforest, while the southern bank provides a harbour and small marina for fishing boats and smaller craft.
In the background, Mount Chincogan and Mount Warning provide a dramatic hinterland backdrop to the river.
Originally inhabited by the indigenous tribe known as Dur-ung-bil, which was part of the larger Midjungbal tribe, the Brunswick River was initially chartered by Captain Rous in 1828, who named it after Queen Caroline of Brunswick.
The town became inhabited by cedar cutters around 20 years later, but it wasn’t until the 1890’s that it started to become a very popular destination for holidaymakers.
Despite the surrounding coastal development which has taken place since then, Brunswick Heads has retained its traditional seaside village atmosphere.
Something that is accentuated by the timber bridges that link the riverside to the river and surf beaches.
About Brunswick Heads Beach
At 10.5km Brunswick Heads Main beach is a long stretch of white sand that curves south towards Byron Bay.
It is a great beach for extended walks, swimming and plenty of other activities besides sunbathing.
Beach and river fishing is especially popular here. Fisherman can regularly be seen throwing in a line from the break wall, trying to catch tailor, bream, whiting and mulloway, or flathead, whiting and bream respectively.
Surfing too at the ‘Bruns Bar’ is a big drawcard for experienced surfers, with the best waves being found near the south entrance wall, and on the reef just north of the walls.
For your four-legged friend, Brunswick Heads has an off-leash exercise area for dogs south of the Surf Club. While those who want to go whale watching can take a tour with Blue Bay Whale Watching.
If you are lucky, you might even see dolphins too!
Away from the beach you can also explore the river with Byron Bay Eco Cruises and Kayaks or Go Sea Kayaks Byron Bay, both of whom are accredited ecotourism operators. While diving and snorkeling tours of the marine park are also on offer with Blue Bay Diving, at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour.
Other Beaches in the Area
Situated near Brunswick Heads on South Beach Road, Torakina Beach is a lovely curve of beach.
Sheltered by two break walls that lie at the mouth of the Brunswick River, it’s a great spot for families, as children love to swim and play in the sand there.
All of which is an easy 20 – 45 minute drive away.
Best Time To Visit
Brunswick Heads is an excellent year-round destination.
The hottest months tend to be January, February and March, where the average temperature is about 83.5°F. However this coincides with the high season, so accommodation prices tend to be at a premium.
During the months of April, May, August, September and October you are most likely to experience pleasant average temperatures that fall somewhere 70°F and 75°F.
Accommodation prices tend to be cheaper at this time of year. So you might want to plan your visit around this time.
Brunswick Heads is a fairly easy destination to get to.
By car, it is about an 8hr 30min drive north from Sydney, while it will take you around 1hr 45mins to drive south from Brisbane.
If you don’t have a car or fancy driving, a number of coach companies operate services to and from Brunswick.
For those looking to fly, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia operate daily direct flights between Sydney and Ballina Byron Airport.
Regional Express also flies to Sydney two days a week, while Fly Pelican flies direct to Newcastle six times a week. Jetstar also operates daily direct flights to Melbourne too.
Situated 5km from Ballina’s Town Centre, the airport has both shuttle buses and taxi services that will take you to Brunswick Heads.
There are also several car hire companies that operate directly from the airport too.
As well as being an excellent holiday and day trip destination in its own right, Brunswick Heads is also a great base to explore the wider Northern Rivers region.
As such, there is plenty of holiday and overnight accommodation options for the visitor to choose from.
This includes 4 motels, 3 holiday parks and over 50 holiday houses and apartments located throughout the town. In addition, there is a family-friendly hotel and serviced apartments in the area too. Nearby Ocean Shores, New Brighton and South Golden Beach also have plenty of options.
During the summer and festival seasons, when the campgrounds and caravan parks in Byron Bay are booked out and pricey, Brunswick offers a much less crowded and more affordable alternative.
If you are looking for overnight holiday accommodation in or around the area, please use the search box below to find the best deals currently available.
For a small community, Brunswick Heads has an excellent mix of good quality cafes, bistros and restaurants that cater to most tastes and budgets.
Some of the best of them include The Hotel Brunswick, which offers wonderful pub food, the Footbridge Café, which boasts a unique café style menu, Sticky Fingers, which serves great pizza and the award winning, fine dining, Fleet Restaurant.
Other choices include the quintessential fish and chips from Starfish, the Mexican cantina La Casita and hip and trendy cafes like Happy Dolphin and The Table View. All of which shouldn’t disappoint.
If you are on any of the main social media platforms you can also search through the #brunswickheads hashtag too.
For those who visit Brunswick Beach please consider tagging Beach Scenes2020 on any of the beach related photos you post on Instagram.
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