Brunswick HeadsAustralia

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Visit Brunswick Heads

Whether you’re admiring the hinterland backdrop from a riverside trail or swimming in gentle breakwaters, adventure is just around the corner in this idyllic region.

Experience the North Coast’s full spectrum of magnificent scenery in Brunswick Heads. This coastal village has rainforest-fringed hillsides, hinterland splendor, crystal-clear river waters, sheltered beaches and barreling surf breaks. Set out on a kayaking adventure down the tree-lined river or begin a fishing charter from the marina. Dive or snorkel in the protected waters, scan the horizon for whales or have some quiet meditation in a perfect spot in the nature reserve.

Start your visit at Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. From here, embark on a sightseeing tour or a wildlife-watching charter. You might see dolphins or migrating whales in the cooler months. Sign up for a snorkeling or diving tour around the nearby Cape Byron Marine Park and discover the underwater world beyond the shoreline.

Join a cruise or a kayaking trip along the Brunswick River. Peer into the rainforest canopy to spot birds or watch turtles swimming below your watercraft. Check the surf at the beaches neighboring the small village or relax at tranquil Torakina Beach located inside the breakwater.

For activities on dry land, be sure to check out the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, which has a range of hiking and cycling trails, as well as pretty picnic spots.

Stroll down the town’s main street for a meal at a casual café serving fresh seafood and dishes using local produce. Join locals at one of the annual events, such as the Old and Gold Festival and second-hand market or the family-friendly Kites and Bikes Festival. Visit Memorial Park on the first Saturday of the month to experience the Brunswick Markets.

Brunswick Heads is easily accessible via Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, which is a 30-minute drive away. The town is a pleasant daytrip destination from Byron Bay, about 11 miles (17 kilometers) away. Tropical Brunswick Heads is a great place to visit at any time of year. Visit in spring and fall for the best chance of spotting whales.

Top hotels in Brunswick Heads

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Sails Motel Brunswick Heads
The Sails Motel Brunswick Heads
3.5 out of 5
28 Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads, NSW
AU$125
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

Situated by the ocean, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Brunswick Picture House, and within 9 mi (15 km) of North Byron Parklands and Tyagarah Nature Reserve. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (216 reviews)

"Nice and clean and a short pleasant walk into town"…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

The Sails Motel Brunswick Heads
Brunswick Heads Motel
Brunswick Heads Motel
3.5 out of 5
2-6 Old Pacific Highway, Brunswick Heads, NSW
AU$149
per night
10 Dec. - 11 Dec.

Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Brunswick Picture House and Torakina Park. North Byron Parklands and Tyagarah Nature Reserve ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (255 reviews)

"Perfect location, super clean, quaint and with character. The staff were friendly and helpful and we will be back."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Brunswick Heads Motel
Brunswick Heads Chalet Motel
Brunswick Heads Chalet Motel
3 out of 5
68 Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads, NSW
AU$115
per night
10 Dec. - 11 Dec.

Situated in Brunswick Heads, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Brunswick Picture House and Torakina Park. North Byron Parklands and Tyagarah Nature Reserve ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)

"Not centrally located. A car is needed to reach the restaurant area. A lot of road noise during the day, but not at night."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2019

Brunswick Heads Chalet Motel

Popular activities in Brunswick Heads

Wategos Beach
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Wategos Beach

4.5/5(288 reviews)

Swim or stroll at this beach sheltered by the rocky bluff of Cape Byron and you might see dolphins surfing on the offshore swell.

Tallow Beach
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Tallow Beach

4.5/5(159 reviews)

Whether you’re relaxing in the sun and surf or keeping watch for some of the region’s diverse wildlife, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this broad, sandy beach.

Main Beach
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Main Beach

4.5/5(384 reviews)

Snap photos of the emerald peaks, take part in aquatic activities at the surf club and stroll through forest paths near this urban beach.

Top activities in Brunswick Heads

Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour
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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

AU$75

Put your snorkel gear on and jump into the waters of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Swim alongside sea turtles in their natural habitat in the Cape Byron Marine Sanctuary. Swim among schools of exotic fish and experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve.

Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle
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Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle

AU$110

Take a day trip to Byron Bay—Australia’s premier resort town. Relax on the beach, stroll past the shops and cafes, take in panoramic views from the famous lighthouse, and visit the magical destination, the Crystal Castle.

Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay
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Private Surf Lesson in Byron Bay

AU$130

Join a private surf lesson with a professional instructor and you'll be riding the waves in no time. Tackle the crests of Byron Bay, one of the world's most popular surf destinations, and gain valuable tips from an experienced surfer during this personalized introduction to the sport.

Introductory Scuba Diving Tour
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Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

AU$195

Experience the underwater brilliance of Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Swim with marine life such as turtles and manta rays, as well as interesting Southern Ocean animals like blue gropers and wobbegong sharks.

Half-Day Byron Bay Surfing Lesson
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Half-Day Byron Bay Surfing Lesson

AU$69

Learn how to surf on the shores of Byron Bay with an expert instructor who shows you how to ride the waves with ease. Your instructor joins you in the water while providing helpful tips and tricks to conquer the waves so you feel confident and secure during this wild and wet adventure.

Eco Kayak Cruise & SUP
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Eco Kayak Cruise & SUP

AU$97

Itinerary Depart from the harbour on our small boat Reflections. We tow the kayaks and Stand up Paddleboards behind the boat to a small beach up river about 10 minutes away. There you will leave the boat and enjoy a guided kayak tour on a beautiful side creek for approx.

Reviews of Brunswick Heads

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Verified traveller

29 Nov. 2019

Had to sleep in my car to avoid bites from whatever was in the bed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Nov. 2019

Brunswick Heads is a beautiful, friendly laid-back place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Nov. 2019

We love Bruns. You cannot go past the pub - the most excellent spot. It is a lovely town with a relaxed vibe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Oct. 2019

Best place on the northern rivers. A little quieter and less busy than Byron Bay. Also not as overcrowded and parking is still free. Everything is within walking distance and the people are down to earth.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Oct. 2019

Fun shops, quirky, great food

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Sep. 2019

have been going to brunswick heads for over 40 yrs every chance i get best place for quiet relaxing holiday