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Brunswick Heads
New South Wales
Littoral rainforest Brunswick Heads July 17 2000.jpg
Oyster Farm & Littoral Rainforest at Brunswick Heads
Brunswick Heads is located in New South Wales
Brunswick Heads
Brunswick Heads
Location in New South Wales
Population 1,737 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2483
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 small town on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia in Byron Shire. At the 2016 census, the town had a population of 1,737 people.


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'.


Brunswick Heads has a number of cafes, restaurants, accommodation and specialty shops. Brunswick Heads offers a range of leisure activities all year round, and hosts a number of small-scale community and family-oriented festivals and events.

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