Anthony Curtis and his son Caleb, 12, Curtis (12) from of Ocean Shores, enjoy visiting coming to Brunswick Heads for the surfing, friendly people, great beaches, close proximity to cafes, and restaurants are near the beach.
Anthony Curtis and his son Caleb, 12, Curtis (12) from of Ocean Shores, enjoy visiting coming to Brunswick Heads for the surfing, friendly people, great beaches, close proximity to cafes, and restaurants are near the beach. The Northern Star

Brunswick beach is NSW’s friendliest

BRUNSWICK Heads officially has the friendliest beach in NSW.

Anthony Curtis and his family have lived in Ocean Shores on and off for 13 years and could not agree more.

“It’s great. We come down here a lot, whenever the weather’s fine and there are good conditions for surfing,” Mr Curtis said.

“There’s a lot of friendly people in Bruns and the cafes and takeaways are lovely spots.

“You can be at the beach and take the kids over to the park afterwards, grab some fish and chips, make a day of it.”

Brunswick’s South Beach Heads won the friendly beach challenge Friendly Beach Award in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beach Challenge, now in its eighth year. Main Beach in Byron Bay was highly commended in the same category.

The beaches were nominated by Byron Shire Council.

“This is a beach which is a pleasure to visit, a beach far from any other beach, and a place where visitors come to get away from it all,” said Rob O’Brian, who is the Clean Beach Challenge assessor for the Northern Rivers Region said.

“Visitor friendliness is illustrated in a number of ways, including a viewing tower located adjacent to the surf club, well-maintained parks provide a narrow strip between the tidal Simpson’s Creek and the beach, and the town exudes a country village atmosphere and is much loved by locals and visiting families.”

Keep Australia Beautiful considered other aspects when making its decision, such as Dune Care’s improvements, the ample parking at South Beach, plentiful beach access tracks and the attractive bridges over the river.

It also commended the butt bins and impending introduction of recycling bins and water-saving showers.

Main Beach in Byron Bay was highly commended in the Friendly Beach Award.

Byron Bay’s Main Beach at Byron was awarded the Highly Commended for the Clean Beach Challenge Friendly Beach Award.

“Byron Shire Council has to overcome a number of challenges as it strives to maintain its beachside image as Australia’s premier ‘friendly’ coastal destination,” said Mr O’Brian.

“At the forefront of this is the financial challenge of providing maintenance of facilities to meet the need of such a high volume of people. Regardless of this, the facilities continue to provide fantastic amenity for tourists all over the world, while at the same time serving the local community.”

A highlight of the works being done at Main Beach Byron Bay is the council’s commitment towards a low-impact signage strategy to reduce the visual impact on the beach and maintain the natural environment.

Mr O’Brian said there was There is excellent disabled access for disabled people to Clarkes Beach, including a wide, sealed circular path at the more sheltered end of the main beach, and an attractive retaining wall which provided a good a fresh separation from between the surrounding dune systems.

The disabled access path was has been located at the more sheltered end of the main beach, which was good for providing an and this provides appropriate entry access for mobility-impaired people, he said.


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