Points of Interest Category: Town Centre & Info
Longitude: 153.550252 Latitude: -28.540617
Metres above Sea Level: 6.5 m
Area: 14.9 km² Perimeter: 19.1 km
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Brunswick Heads is nestled amidst the Brunswick River (named by Captain Rous after Queen Caroline of Brunswick, Germany) and Simpsons Creek (named in honour of Captain Simpson – noting that during the mid 1860’s Brunswick Heads was named Simpson Town), abutting the surf on the eastern shores of Simpsons Creek. The charming seaside village offers a variety of eateries and specialty shopping.
The foreshore areas provide expansive lawn areas to enjoy a picnic overlooking the waterways. To the eastward lies the stunning surf beach bestowing expansive views of kilometres of fine, squeaky clean, white, sandy beaches; crystal clear waters; mesmerising waves as they roll into shore . . . Looking southward, Cape Byron extends proudly into the sea – significant due to it being the most easterly land mass of Australia. To the north, are the break walls of the Brunswick River, facilitating the permanent entrance of the river to the sea.
Gazing inland, along the crystal clear, turquoise waters of the Brunswick River, the escarpments and mountain peaks add another dimension to a beautiful variety of views . . . The sights and sounds of the capacious reserves surrounding the town delight with sightings of turtles, schools of fish, pelicans, spoonbills, parrots, the sounds of the Eastern Whipbird – the elegant Black Cockatoo . . . – in fact, all manner of flora and fauna abound . . .
Fishing from the harbour jetty, the shores, from boats, kayaks and canoes seems to be a most popular past-time.
Ample parking, a variety picnic areas, walking & riding trails, parks, gardens and reserves, Brunswick Heads is a delightful location for water lovers of all disciplines.
First charted in 1828, Brunswick Heads was put on the map by Captain Henry John Rous, during his journey to explore the northern rivers of New South Wales. Captain Rous departed Sydney on the 14th August 1828 in the schooner ‘Rainbow’. Heavy surf prevented the exploration of the yet undiscovered Clarence River. Captain Rous continued northward, charting the coastline, including the Tweed River (which in fact, he named the ‘Clarence’ – unaware that it had been discovered and named in 1823 by John Oxley). It was to be another twenty years before rainforest Red Cedar getters entered the region – capitalising on this preferred timber for boat building.
The rugged terrain meant that the only access to Brunswick Heads was via shipping. The variable and treacherous bar claimed many a ship, including the SS ‘Brunswick’ c 1883, the ‘Agnes’ c 1889 and the ‘Endeavour c 1892 – to name a few . . .
The rainforest timbers lead to a thriving timber industry. Cedar logs were transported via rafts to Brunswick Heads from the rainforests located upstream. Bullocks then hauled the Cedar into the surf, where the logs were winched on board sailing ships. By the 1880’s Brunswick Heads was a busy port and commercial centre until the new mode of transport, the railway, opened in 1894.
As the rainforest timber ran out – both the boat building and timber industries ground to a halt . . .
Today, Brunswick Heads retains a seaside village atmosphere enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Lodging options for tourists are plentiful – from Caravan Parks, Hotels, Motels, to the more intimate B&B’s, Holiday Lets and so forth.
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