Brunswick River, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Brunswick River, Brunswick Heads, NSW


The paddle


You can either paddle from Brunswick Heads to Mullumbimby and return. Or else organise for some non-paddlers to start you at Mullumbimby or pick up from Mullumbimby depending on the tide.


A paddle from Mullumbimby to Brunswick is approximately 10 kms (one way) and takes about one and three quarter hours easy paddling (with a stop for morning tea) on a tide running out. Great scenery with Mount Chincogan in the background.


Launch point at Brunswick Heads is from your caravan park if possible or from the boat ramp near the Air Sea Rescue (close to Boat Harbour in Brunswick Heads).


The launch, pick-up or rest point in Mullumbimby is the boat ramp in the park on Brunswick Terrace, which is before the Murwillumbah Road bridge.


Distance / Time to allow for the trip


Approximately 10 kms one way. If you paddle up and back with the tide it will be an easier paddle.


What to expect Ð water conditions, etc.


The area can get windy as with any surfing beach, and certain parts of the river have oyster leases to keep any eye out for, try to go out against the tide (as usual) so that the return trip is going with the tide which is easier.


The River is winds in sections and there are a couple of places where you need to make sure you take the correct turn.


PFD and nylon jackets can assist in keeping you warmer in the winter months.


How to get there


Brunswick Heads is 2 hours easy drive from Brisbane along the Pacific Highway.

14 klms north of the Byron Bay turnoff. Tweed Heads is 50 kms north.


Camping facilities, accommodation, etc.


The Terrace Caravan Park, Massey Greene Caravan Park or Ferry Reserve Caravan Park are all on the Brunswick River and both very convenient for paddlers. They have powered or unpowered sites and also cabins.

There are also a couple of motels in the area, and accommodation is also available at the hotel, bearing in mind that they often have a band on during the weekend.


Other attractions in the area


The beauty of this place is that you can walk to the surf, shops, pub and local restaurants. Lots of people enjoy fishing in the area

Brunswick Heads markets are well worth a visit and are on the first Saturday of the month behind the Ampol Service Station, operating until 1pm. Byron Bay markets are much larger and are on the first Sunday of the month and operate until 3pm.

Both markets are great and have plants, clothes, food, fruit & vegies, etc.


There is a great walk from Byron Bay shopping centre heading east to the lighthouse passing the beautiful WategoÕs Beach around the Cape and along the ridge on the other side where hang-gliders jump off and back to the centre of town 7.5 klms. Fantastic scenery.


There are also lots of nice drives that can be done including Lennox Head, Myocum, Lake Ainsworth, and Mullumbimby is worth a visit.


Other useful information


There are local sea kayak trips from Byron, and brochures can be collected from the Caravan Park office, they keep a full range of maps etc. of all the local areas.


The NSW Waterways has a range of information to assist you on their website at: