A visit to Brunswick Heads
Brunswick Heads is one of the Byron shire’s best kept secrets, a quiet and unassuming fishing village that came into existence in the 1850s when cedar cutters began felling timber. Brunswick Heads’s motto is ‘simple pleasures’ which is exactly what it is renowned for those simple pleasures of life. Notably the pleasures of the water shared between the Brunswick River, the ocean and the quiet cove of Torakina where kids and dolphins play in the estuary.
A visit to Brunswick Heads may invite you to take a stroll or drive across the Brunswick River on the original white timber bridge, where kids, on high tide, plunge into the pristine waters on a sunny Sunday afternoons. As you gaze across the bridge towards the South, beautiful mangroves spread as far as the eye can see. Or you can cross over to the surf club using the old wooden foot bridge near the caravan park by the river.
The Brunswick River rises on the eastern slopes of Mount Jerusalem at Palmwoods near Uki and flows east southeast before reaching its mouth at the Coral Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, at Brunswick Heads.
The ocean with its white sandy surf stretches all the way to Byron Bay and backs onto Tyagarah Nature Reserve, a coastal sanctuary for migratory birds and of an evening walk you will sight wallabies and kangaroos hiding amongst the trees.
A visit to Brunswick Heads may also lead you to fish to your hearts content, or if you can’t be bothered to catch your own fish you can saver some of the areas best fish and chip in town or get a taste of the local seafood at the fisherman’s coop by the marina – harbour. Otherwise, just relax in the shade of the pine trees by the river bank and share food at one of the sought after picnic tables, while kids play in the parks.
If you want to discover Brunswick Heads’s waterways you can easily rent a paddle board, canoe, kayak or a small boat. It’s an excellent way to absorb the scenery, to take in the wildlife, sea creatures and mangroves with a backdrop of Mount Chincogan and the Nightcap National Park Ranges.
What hasn’t changed for many years is Brunswick Heads’s local pub the Hotel Brunswick, which is definitely the icon of the town. It was originally built in timber in 1884 and then rebuilt in brick in the 1940’s. The pub offers tasty quality pub food and live entertainment in a great ambiance under its shady beer garden. Bands play at theBrunswick Heads’s pub from Thursday till Sunday.
What is changing in Brunswick Heads is the quality of the cafes, restaurants, and specialty shops that have become quite hip and trendy. Additionally,Brunswick Heads has now regained its traditional picture theatre the Brunswick Picture House with live shows.
Brunswick Heads also hosts the simple pleasures of community events, which are always family friendly and lots of fun, such as Old and Gold, Kites and Bikes, the Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads paddle, the Beach Run, Hot Rods, the Wood Chopping Carnival, Twilight Market at Christmas time with its spectacular fireworks on the river.
It is a quick detour to Brunswick Heads, only 15 mins North from Byron Bay, just off the Pacific Highway. If you are keen to escape the frenzy of Byron Bay to experience the virtues of a laid back fishing village – you won’t be disappointed.
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A visit to Brunswick Heads was written by Corinne Woodward