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Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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    From Ocean Shores:

    • Travel east along Orana Road
    • At Warrambool Road roundabout, turn left to stay on Orana Road.
    • Continue along Orana Road, which becomes Strand Avenue.
    • Turn right onto North Head Road and drive all the way to the end of the gravel road

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.


    During this season humpback whales accompanied by new calves and migratory shorebirds can be seen. Look out for bar-tailed godwits, which undertake the longest non-stop migratory flight of any bird in the world.


    Late June and early July is the peak time to see humpback whales migrating north to mate and calve in tropical waters. New Brighton Beach and the north wall of Brunswick River are the best viewing spots.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    20°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    12°C and 19.5°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve


    Nearby towns

    Brunswick Heads (2 km)

    Brunswick Heads is a holiday village with clean, uncrowded beaches. It's a coastal location on the estuary of the Brunswick River.

    Mullumbimby (10 km)

    Mullumbimby sits on the Brunswick River and is overshadowed by subtropical hills.

    Byron Bay (19 km)

    Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and 'style capital' of the North Coast. It's a place of outstanding natural beauty, set against lush volcanic hills.