Brunswick Heads, Tourism New South Wales

Population 3130

When Mullumbimby's economy, based on local agriculture, started to flag in the late 1960s, the town was saved by becoming an alternative-lifestyle centre. Drawn by lush subtropical countryside and excellent weather conditions, people settled at the foot of Mount Chincogan. The town still has a delightful laid-back feel today with all the facilities of a mature tourist town.

Visitor Information

Byron Visitor Centre, 80 Jonson St, Byron Bay; (02) 6680 8558

Nearby national parks

  • Wollumbin National Park

    The looming presence of iconic Mount Warning is at the heart of this national park, a lush rainforest environment on the state’s far...more

  • Border Ranges National Park

    World Heritage–listed rainforest clinging to the edges of an ancient volcano, waterfalls spilling into crystal-clear waterways, and...more

  • Springbrook National Park

    A winding drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland leads to a pristine landscape of deep valleys, plunging waterfalls and dense rainforest in...more

Nearby towns

  • Byron Bay

    Byron Bay's excellent beaches, laid-back feel and great weather have made it a long-time destination for surfers, backpackers and...more

  • Murwillumbah

    Murwillumbah is located on the banks of the Tweed River near the Queensland border. It is a centre for sugarcane, banana and cattle farms....more

  • Nimbin

    Situated in a beautiful valley, Nimbin is a colourful and interesting town of artists and others trying to live in an alternative to the...more

In Town

Brunswick Valley Historical Museum The museum covers local history in detail, including timber-getters, dairy farmers, pioneers and local government. It is in a pleasant park on the banks of Saltwater Creek. Outdoor displays include horse-drawn agricultural equipment and a pioneer slab cottage. Opening times vary so check with museum; Stuart St; (02) 6685 1385.

Art Gallery: changing exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and prints; Cnr Burringbar and Stuart sts.

Cedar House: National Trust–classified building housing an antiques gallery; Dalley St.

Brunswick Valley Heritage Park: over 200 rainforest plants, including palms, and a 2 km park and river walk; Tyagarah St.


Brunswick Heads This town on the Brunswick River estuary is a charming mix of quiet holiday retreat and large commercial fishing town. Despite having some truly beautiful beaches, Brunswick Heads has managed to remain remarkably serene and unassuming. Enjoy the excellent seafood in town. Highlights during the year include a wood-chopping festival in Jan and the Kite and Bike Festival in Mar. 7 km W.

Crystal Castle: spectacular natural crystal display, jewellery and gifts; 7 km SW.

Tyagarah Airstrip: skydiving and paragliding; Pacific Hwy; 13 km SW.

Wanganui Gorge: scenic 4 km bushwalk through the gorge with rainforest trees, enormous strangler figs and a pretty swimming hole; 20 km W.

Crystal Creek Miniatures: enjoy the amazing world of minature animals; 40 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 23 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 15 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey serves delicious, gourmet wood-fired pizza and Mediterranean dishes, with an emphasis on simple Italian flavours. Try the caramelised pumpkin pizza with pesto and ricotta, and a pear and walnut salad on... Find out more


Poinciana Cafe is a rising star in Mullumbimby, created by the people who brought Australia the East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival. Funky and relaxed, the cocktail bar swings into action on the weekends and... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Stone and Wood Brewing 12 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more

Burleigh Brewing Company 51 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Massey Greene Holiday Park 5 km

This is in a top location, right on the Brunswick River and minutes away from Brunswick Heads town centre. The river offers swimming, fishing, snorkelling and boating, and there’s a surf beach only a 10 min walk... Find out more

Rummery Park camping area 13 km

From this roomy, friendly camping area you can take a short walk following Boggy Creek to the beautiful Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Other activities include birdwatching and car touring. To get here, turn off... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 20 km

At Broken Head Nature Reserve, lush and fertile rainforests reach emerald tendrils all the way down to long, sweeping beaches, and this holiday park is tucked in right next to the reserve, 7 km south of Byron Bay.... Find out more

Mount Warning Rainforest Park 25 km

Surround yourself with lush and up-tempo rainforest and mountain streams in this verdant mid-north-coast holiday park at the foot of Mt Warning. Accommodation options include deluxe, ensuite and budget cabins, and tent... Find out more

Cutters Camp camping area 32 km

You’ll find Cutters Camp where Mebbin Forest and Caddell rds meet. Unsealed Mebbin Forest Rd is a 35 km scenic route with wonderful views of the region’s volcanic, forest-clad landscape; you’ll need a... Find out more

Flat Rock Tent Park 35 km

This is a simple camping spot 4 km north-east of Ballina on the Coast Rd (Lennox Head Rd) but it’s quiet and protected despite being about a 3 min walk to Angels Beach. With Ballina and Lennox Head close by,... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 44 km

For experienced, self-sufficient campers with good navigational skills, there are 10 remote camping sites (Bithongabel, Darlington, Echo Point, Illinbah, Lost World Creek, Lost World Saddle, Point Lookout, Rat-a-tat,... Find out more

The Settlement camping area 46 km

The 11 well-defined sites at this newly established campsite are suitable for tents and campervans, but the area is not well shaded. Hikers should note that walking tracks near this site lead to the Gold Coast Hinterland... Find out more

Forest Tops camping area 46 km

If you enter the national park along Tweed Range Scenic Dr, 30 km north of Kyogle, you’ll see signposted access for this camping area. The medium–difficult 10.5 km Booyong Walk (5 hr) sets out from here and... Find out more

Sheepstation Creek camping area 49 km

With 40 sites, this sizeable camping area is just off Tweed Range Scenic Dr, 31 km north of Kyogle. The easy Rosewood Loop (6 km, 3 hr) and Palm Forest Walk (2 km, 1 hr) begin here: the former will take you through... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ferry Reserve Holiday Park 4 km

This park is very easily accessible from the Pacific Highway northbound, but requires doubling back through town for southbound travellers. It is situated on a picturesque estuary, popular with anglers. The grounds and... Find out more

Terrace Reserve Holiday Park 5 km

Close to the centre of Brunswick Heads, this is a good quality park on the water and ideal for a holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

First Sun Holiday Park 15 km

Every now and then we discover a park in a fabulous position. This place is on the beach at Byron Bay, within walking distance of the town centre, the restaurants and the nightlife. The park is busy year-round and is... Find out more

Glen Villa Resort 15 km

This is a high quality park with good facilities, about 400 metres from the town centre. It has the unusual policy of permitting just two people per site. No bookings are taken, and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park 19 km

A popular beachside holiday park that is busy year-round, this park has good facilities and is 6 km south of Byron Bay. It is close to some popular surfing and swimming beaches. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Pottsville South Holiday Park 19 km

This riverfront park is a popular destination with good holiday facilities. The sites are shallow and big rigs will not fit here. It is just a short walk to the shops. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 20 km

This stretch of coast is a busy holiday area. The park is located on the beach and has good facilities, and popular Byron Bay is 8.5 km north. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies in... Find out more

BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort 23 km

This award-winning park has an impressive range of excellent facilities, including a fully licensed restaurant. It is a cut above most and the beach is a short walk across the road and the town centre is just 500 metres... Find out more

Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park 27 km

Located alongside Lake Ainsworth and across the road from the beach, this is a good basic park in a great position. The surf club is nearby and the popular beach is great for swimming or walking. This is a council park... Find out more

Ballina Headlands Leisure Park 32 km

On a popular holiday coast, this park is about 500 metres from the water and 9 km north-east of Ballina off the Beach Road. It is a good base when visiting the area and has a heated pool for winter months. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Figgy Byron Bay

Luxurious accommodation on 4 hectares of hinterland, ten minutes from Byron Bay and five minutes from Tyagarah Beach, is to be found at this excellent boutique property featuring extensive outdoor entertaining areas with... Find out more

Mooyabil Farm Holidays

Situated on 40 hectares of a working beef property, and encircled by mountain ranges, Mooyabil Farm offers affordable self-contained accommodation with lots of comfort and style complemented by a stunning location. The... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emerald Valley Villa 8 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Cottages on the Creek 39 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 39 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 42 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tyagarah rest area 7 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Yelgun rest area 7 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

Sleepy Hollow rest area 14 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Wardell rest area 43 km

22km N of Woodburn (L) or 14km S of Ballina (L)

Large areas just off the highway on both sides.

What's on around town

Market: Stuart St; 3rd Sat each month.

Chincogan Fiesta: community celebration with stalls, parade and mountain footrace; Sept.

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