Marshalls Creek, Brunswick Heads, NSW

Marshalls Creek, Brunswick Heads, NSW

 

The paddle

 

The second paddle was to turn into Marshalls Creek which is an inlet opposite the Fish Co-op. After approximately approx 5 kms north you should come to a coffee shop in the suburb is New Brighton (next to Ocean Shores). This is definitely a short high tide paddle. Remember to take some money with you as coffee is a great break if the weather is cool.

 

Distance / Time to allow for the trip

 

Approximately 5 kms one way. It depends on how long you like to drink coffee and chat, but allow about 1 to 2 hours.

 

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.

 

It is important that you head up this creek at or near high tide and return in the same situation. Otherwise at low tide you will need to be careful in picking the route or else you will have a few portages along the way.

 

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: http://www.waterways.nsw.gov.au/index.html