For the Queens Birthday weekend in October 22 we decided as usual to venture over the border to visit one of the beautiful northern New South Wales beaches.

Brunswick Heads has always been a favourite location of mine and I had been there twice previously to check out a guitar which is now my favourite acoustic instrument from Valiant Music. Of course a visit to this store is a must for any musician where they sell a nice array of used instruments and vinyl records if that is your thing.

There are three caravan parks to choose from there and we choseReflections Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve at 1 The Terrace. This is the closest to the shops and food places but nowhere is too far away. Our campsite had glimpses of the inlet.

We left Brisbane on the Thursday afternoon, taking Friday off work to avoid travelling with the multitudes on the Friday. That evening we abandoned plans to cook at home and instead bought dinner at the Brunswick Hotel to the sounds of a live musician which was a nice change.  The next morning we had breakfast at the Brunswick bakery which has a huge variety of pastries and nice sandwiches and great coffee.

A tip for the bakery is to get there early to avoid the rush – it is very popular.

On this trip we took the bikes for the first time and because the Heads is so flat we certainly did not need to use the electric component. As rain was forecast we had to get our bike ride on the Friday and we checked out the foreshore, the breakwater to the heads, from where the photo at the top of the page, south to Cape Byron was taken. This was also where we spotted whales breaching as they made their way south for the summer.

Brunswick Heads reminds me of Noosa in the 1970s. It is very quiet, has no through traffic and beautiful empty beaches.

Definitely recommended for a weekend get away.