Discover the local beaches around Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads & Byron Bay Beach
Main Beach, Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads is a truly special seaside town. It enjoys a long stretch of pristine sandy coastline, between Byron Bay to the south, and the Tweed Coast to the north – in the heart of NSW’s Northern Rivers region.

Bruns is home to the wildlife-rich, turquoise Brunswick River, which flows out via a walkable rock wall into the Pacific Ocean where it meets a patrolled surf beach.  Inlets along the river include picturesque Simpsons Creek, which traverses the eastern border of the spectacular Wallum Brunswick Heads site.

>> You can read more about the beautiful Brunswick River and Simpsons Creek here.

Bruns is truly both a tree change and a sea change destination (quite literally – it was home to the reboot Aussie TV series, Sea Change).

Mother Nature certainly blessed Brunswick Heads. Glorious year-round weather and enviable coastal geography, result in a plethora of beaches to suit everyone, from pro surfers chasing the best breaks, to families looking for a sheltered and safe place to splash.

Residents and visitors alike are spoilt for beach options, so to save you time, we’ve given you a helpful run down of a selection of local beaches, both in and close to Brunswick Heads:

Main Beach, Brunswick Heads

What’s the biggest difference with Byron Bay’s Main Beach or the Gold Coast’s Main Beach…?  At Bruns, there’s a chance you’ll get to enjoy this Main Beach to yourself – or perhaps just you and a handful of other beach lovers, out to enjoy a peaceful early morning, at one with nature.  If you’re feeling energetic, you can walk or jog this uninterrupted stretch of sand for over 10km from the sea wall through Tyagarah Beach and Bilongil Beach all the way to Byron Bay.

A short stroll from the heart of town, across the famous South Arm bridge (or across the footbridge from Reflections Holiday Park), expansive Main Beach has white sand galore, perfect for beach walking, fishing, surfing, dolphin-spotting and of course dog walking. There’s even an off-leash dog area at Main Beach – view the off-leash location here.

♿  A sand-cruiser beach wheelchair is available for free at Brunswick Heads Main Beach – Find out more here.

⚐ The Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club is located 400m south of the river mouth.  Here you’ll find car parking, a bus stop, a large park and picnic area with picnic tables, a kiosk, showers, drinking water and toilets.

Main Beach is patrolled on weekends and public holidays during the warmer months – from September to April.  BSLC advises bathers to exercise caution due to rips present in the area.  For surfers, “there are variable beach breaks the entire length, with a chance of better bars and waves near the south entrance wall, and on the reef just north of the walls”.

☀ View a 7 day surf report and weather forecast for Brunswick Heads here. Find out about joining Bruns Nippers here.

Torakina Beach

Torakina Beach

Torakina is a hand-on-heart favourite this writer loves taking her small people to.  Crystal clear water to rival any tropical destination, and always a big hit with families.

Torakina Beach is a short, level and mostly tree-covered walk from the carpark straight to sparkling water. Located just on the eastern side of the Bruns bridge, you’ll find a lovely little calm-water beach with plenty of shade options close by – often even shady options right on the beach.

This beauty spot is protected between two rock walls at the mouth of the river.  If you’re up to it, you can explore the level, sandy paths (relatively easy for small legs) that loop all the way around the river mouth and back to the bridge and Torakina Park.  Here, you’ll find grassy picnic areas with tables and barbecues, toilets, showers and taps to wash off the sand before heading back to the car.

Byron Bay

Just an 18 minute drive from Wallum (or a 10km beach stroll from Bruns), there isn’t much to write about this tourist Mecca that hasn’t already been written.  Suffice it to say, Byron is a popular destination for Aussies and visitors alike. There’s plenty to do and explore for a great day out and we will definitely write a post on our recommendations to save you time.

But when it comes to Byron beaches,  the eastern-most point of mainland Australia, really has a lot to offer.  Geographically similar to Noosa, Kirra and other points with rare, north-facing beaches along the coast, you’ll be spoilt for choice.  Whether it’s surfing, calm water swimming, diving, sandcastle building, whale watching … or simply relaxing in our year-round beach-friendly climate.  Regardless of wind direction and swell, you’ll find something to suit.  From Bilongil Beach to The Pass, Wategos to Clarks Beach, Tallow Beach and of course Main Beach (Byron Bay) – just make sure you allow ample time to find a carpark (we recommend the southern end of Main Beach if you have trouble finding a park at The Pass or Wategos).

Now … go forth & explore more Northern NSW beaches!

There’s a near-infinite number of incredible beaches to discover within an hour of Wallum at Brunswick Heads.  Wooyung, Black Rocks, Golden Beach, Ocean Shores, New Brighton, Christmas Beach, Broken Head, Fingal, Kingscliff and ….. well … just keep going in either direction until you find your perfect Northern NSW spot for diving, snorkling, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, boogie boarding, beach fishing, deep sea fishing, ocean kayaking, picnicking with the family …  and well just about everything a waterlover could wish for! 

Of course, we are partial to nearby Casuarina, Lennox Head and Yamba – where you’ll discover Casuarina Beach, Epiq at Lennox and Yamba Quays – all residential communities delivered by Northern NSW-based Clarence Property, in sought-after coastal locations.  The same attention to detail and careful planning will ensure Wallum Brunswick Heads is an address you will love coming home to.

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