Catch of the coast

THE gorgeous seaside township of Brunswick Heads has moved ahead in leaps and bounds over the past year, while maintaining the serene atmosphere that makes it such a pleasure to visit.

The town's main shopping area has become even prettier and more trendy lately, thanks to the work of a local committee dedicated to improving the town's streetscape and several new businesses setting up shop.

Mullumbimbi Street, which runs alongside the reserve next to the river, now boasts a strip of fabulous restaurants serving everything from fish and chips to authentic Indonesian cuisine.

Middle Eastern, Italian, Mexican and Indian are just some of the other options available at restaurants dotted about the town.

There are a number of great boutiques and furniture stores, including the newly opened retro-style emporium, Plank.

Brunswick Heads is located north of Byron Bay at the mouth of the Brunswick River. As such, it is a haven for beach lovers, anglers and surfers.

Depending on conditions, the best surf spots are to the south of the river break wall or, for those who feel like a paddle across the river, on the north side of the break wall. Small boats can be hired from the Brunswick Buccaneer, which operates on the river opposite the Brunswick Hotel in Mullumbimbi Street.

Brunswick is also a great spot for small children as it boasts two playgrounds, one opposite the pub, the other also on the banks of the river near the entrance to the Terrace Caravan Park.

Torakina Beach, on the east side of the bridge, is a calm and protected swimming beach with some shady spots to while away the summer days.

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