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Brunswick Heads
New South Wales
Littoral rainforest Brunswick Heads July 17 2000.jpg
Oyster Farm & Littoral Rainforest at Brunswick Heads
Population 1,636 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2483
  • 795 km (494 mi) NE of Sydney
  • 148 km (92 mi) SE of Brisbane
  • 18 km (11 mi) N of Byron Bay
LGA(s) Byron Shire
State electorate(s) Ballina
Federal Division(s) Richmond
Brunswick Heads swimming hole
A small inlet near the mouth of the Brunswick River.

Brunswick Heads is a town on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia in Byron Shire. In 2011, the town had a population of 1,636 people.

Brunswick Heads is a small coastal holiday village situated at the mouth of the Brunswick River. Nestled within the breakwater there is the safe and peaceful Torakina Beach, while a white sandy surf beach stretches to the south. The north bank of the river hosts a protected rainforest and the southern bank provides a harbour and small marina for fishing boats and small craft. Mount Chincogan and Mount Warning provide a spectacular hinterland backdrop to the river that meanders up to the small town of Mullumbimby ("The Biggest Little Town In Australia").

Despite the surrounding coastal development, Brunswick Heads has retained its traditional seaside village atmosphere. Timber bridges link the riverside to the river and surf beaches.

Brunswick Heads is situated 10 km (15 minutes drive) north of the town of Byron Bay and 30 minutes travelling time from both Coolangatta and Ballina airports, and 40 kilometres south of the Queensland border. Brunswick Heads is across the river from Ocean Shores. The Pacific Highway bypassed Brunswick Heads in 1998.

The small community of Brunswick Heads retains a quality mix of cafes, restaurants, specialty shops, accommodation and a variety of activities. Brunswick Heads offers a great range of simple pleasures activities all year round, for all ages. Brunswick Heads also hosts a number of small scale community oriented and family friendly festivals and events throughout the year.

Brunswick Heads was made famous by the song "When we Were Young" by Sneaky Sound System. The song features the title of a local pizza restaurant Sticky Fingers in the first verse. Sticky Fingers was apparently favoured by the band because the staff kept to the restaurants title.


Originally inhabited by people of the Bundjalung nation, the Brunswick River was charted by Captain Rous in 1828. His visit was followed more than 20 years later by cedar cutters whose activities led to the first town in what is now Byron Shire. By the 1880s Brunswick Heads was a busy port and a robust little commercial centre.

The township went into decline after the construction of the railway through Mullumbimby in 1894. In time however, Brunswick’s popularity for family seaside holidays returned, and from the 1920s onwards its fame spread far and wide. Holiday cottages from that period are still in evidence throughout the town.

The early camping grounds along the foreshores later became caravan parks.

Poet and Painter, Edwin Wilson (b.1942), started school at Brunswick Heads, as recorded in 'The Mullumbimby Kid'.

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