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North Head walking track

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Alerts for Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve: upcoming closed areas

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Updated: 18/12/2014 12:04 PM

“We saw so many birds along the way that it took well over an hour to do this great little walk.”

It’s a short, easy stroll on North Head walking track from the carpark down through a lovely section of endangered littoral rainforest to the mouth of Brunswick River. Tear yourself away from scenic ocean views and head down this trail for a change of scenery. You may spot a goanna along the way, or a harmless carpet python.

For birdwatchers, there are plenty of feathered friends to feast your eyes upon as you walk, such as rainbow bee-eaters. As the name suggests, these birds are brilliantly marked and, although they will eat all sorts of insects, particularly relish a good bee and are immune to the sting. Keep an eye out for this multi-coloured beauty during the warmer months and have your binoculars handy.

Two other short tracks also lead from North Head carpark to the ocean beach and to mangrove-lined Marshalls Creek.

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Getting there

Getting there:

North Head track is in the North Head precinct of Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve. To get there, park in North Head carpark and follow the signs.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at North Head track.

Important info

Distance:

1km (one-way)

Time suggested:

15 minutes each way

Difficulty:

Easy

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking may be limited.
  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters. Spear fishing is not permitted.

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Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve

upcoming closed areas

Closed areas: Temporary alcohol ban - Australia Day (Monday 26 January 2015)A temporary alcohol ban will be in place within Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve on several key dates this summer. The aim of the temporary alcohol ban is to promote a family friendly experience while protecting the environment, and to avoid the anti-social behaviour that has occurred in previous years. The temporary alcohol ban applies to all parts of Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, including the north bank of the Brunswick River near Harrys Hill (also known as Christmas Beach), and the Brunswick River picnic area at the mouth of Marshalls Creek (also known as the Oyster Lease). Alcohol will not be permitted within the reserve from 8.00am to 8.00pm  on Australia Day 26 January. NPWS officers will be on site to supervise the ban with support from NSW Police. Fines apply for non-compliance. For more information call the Tweed-Kyogle area office on (02) 6670 8600.
Locations affected: North Head walking track, Brunswick River picnic area
Closed areas: Temporary alcohol ban - New Years Day (Thursday 1 January 2015)A temporary alcohol ban will be in place within Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve on several key dates this summer. The aim of the temporary alcohol ban is to promote a family friendly experience while protecting the environment, and to avoid the anti-social behaviour that has occurred in previous years. The temporary alcohol ban applies to all parts of Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, including the north bank of the Brunswick River near Harrys Hill (also known as Christmas Beach), and the Brunswick River picnic area at the mouth of Marshalls Creek (also known as the Oyster Lease). Alcohol will not be permitted within the reserve from 8.00am to 8.00pm  New Years Day 1 January. NPWS officers will be on site to supervise the ban with support from NSW Police. Fines apply for non-compliance. For more information call the Tweed-Kyogle area office on (02) 6670 8600.
Locations affected: North Head walking track, Brunswick River picnic area
Closed areas: Temporary alcohol ban - New Years Eve (Wednesday 31 December)A temporary alcohol ban will be in place within Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve on several key dates this summer. The aim of the temporary alcohol ban is to promote a family friendly experience while protecting the environment, and to avoid the anti-social behaviour that has occurred in previous years. The temporary alcohol ban applies to all parts of Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, including the north bank of the Brunswick River near Harrys Hill (also known as Christmas Beach), and the Brunswick River picnic area at the mouth of Marshalls Creek (also known as the Oyster Lease). Alcohol will not be permitted within the reserve from 8.00am to 8.00pm on New Years Eve 31 December. NPWS officers will be on site to supervise the ban with support from NSW Police. Fines apply for non-compliance. For more information call the Tweed-Kyogle area office on (02) 6670 8600.
Locations affected: North Head walking track, Brunswick River picnic area

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North track, Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve. Photo: L Cameron/NSW Government