Brunswick Heads is a pretty, peaceful and unspoilt coastal village that sits at the mouth of the Brunswick River, just 15 minutes north of Byron Bay.
Brunswick Heads embodies the quintessential seaside village - a small but vibrant coastal community that rests alongside the stunning Brunswick River, which flows through Brunswick Heads to the Hinterland town of Mullumbimby. Promising both the river and the ocean as well as the tropical Hinterland rainforest, Brunswick Heads has retained the sleepy seaside village feel, while growing its commercial arm. The town promises a range of dining and entertainment options, a selection of diverse festivals and excellent boutique and speciality shopping.
Historically, Brunswick Heads was a busy Northern NSW port and has a background in shipping and boat building. From the turn of the century, this pretty seaside town built a reputation as an excellent family holiday destination and continues that tradition today.
Enchanting, picturesque and unspoilt, Brunswick Heads sits around the mouth of the Brunswick River, framed by protected rainforest and the stunning Hinterland backdrop of Mt Warning and Mt Chincogan. In addition to the gorgeous river, the Brunswick coast promises the best of both worlds, with a surf break nestled within the breakwalls of the river and spanning all the way to Byron Bay, as well as a safe, quiet beach at the rivermouth. The riverside connects to the beaches via traditional timber bridges.
The 221 hectare Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve sits been Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores and boasts stunning, endangered littoral rainforest, as well as over 40 threatened animal species. A significant site for Indigenous Australians, the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserves sits within the land of the Bundjalung people and still provides a ready source of food.
THINGS TO DO
The small but bustling town of Brunswick Heads boasts a number of speciality stores and boutiques, offering everything from fashion, giftware and art to books, surf wear and secondhand goods.
On the first Saturday of every month, Brunswick Heads Memorial Park hosts a riverside community market which showcase a range of wares, including health and beauty products, locally crafted arts and crafts, plants, food and more.
On Tuesday mornings, head along to the New Brighton Farmers Market to choose from a range of local, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as meats, breads, cheeses, coffee and more. There’s live music, delicious food and a shady outdoor dining space, plus workshops, demonstrations and a kids space.
Choose from over 20 different dining options, with quality offerings ranging from cafes, pasta bars, coffee shops and international cuisines such as Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and Indonesian. Don’t miss dining at the award-winning Fleet restaurant and be sure to enjoy a classic, Aussie pub meal in the sunny, family-friendly beer garden of the Brunswick Hotel.
The Brunswick Hotel is a hub of live entertainment, with weekend evenings and Sunday afternoon sessions promising free live music, as well as a range of special shows, attracting local, national and international artists from around the world.
Head to the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club for pool, trivia and live music, as well as affordable bistro food, open 7 days a week.
The community and farmers markets also provide local, live music.
Festivals / Events
Several homegrown, family friendly carnivals, festivals and events are held in Brunswick Heads each year, including the Kites and Bikes Festival, Fish n Chips Festival, Mullum to Bruns Paddle, Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail (Winter Soltice) and the Old n Gold Festival. It's also located in close proximity to the Byron Bay Blues Festival.
Culture and Creativity
Brunswick Heads is alive with arts and crafts - in town, visit art galleries and pottery, textile and craft studios. Don't miss a visit to the mixed arts venue, Brunswick Picture House, which promises film, circus, live theatre, kids shows, cabaret and comedy, as well as a cafe adjoining.
Surrounded by water, Brunswick Heads is an ideal destination for water activities. On the southern bank of the Brunswick River, there is a small marina and harbour for fishing boats and other water craft, offering easy access to the best water sports. Boating, kyaking and canoeing are popular here and Brunswick Heads is a sought after fishing destination, with easy to access spots and lots of options to fish from the boat in the river and ocean, as well as from the shores. Book in with local suppliers for diving and snorkelling at the marine park and dust off your surfboard to catch some waves at Brunswicks’ surf break. Swimming in both the river and the ocean is safe and stunning.
Walking / Cycling
Riverside walks and gorgeous beach strolls make Brunswick the perfect walking wonderland. Explore the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve and bushwalk through stunning tropical rainforest. Cycling is popular here thanks to flat ground and stunning scenery.