One of the things that I really love about living on the Gold Coast is that there are so many places within an hour or so’s drive that you can head off to for a weekend. So when I saw a post on Facebook advertising the Great Aussie Camp Out I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to head off to Brunswick Heads for the weekend.
Brunswick Heads is located in northern NSW about an hours drive from the Gold Coast. Brunswick is a lovely little town with a laid-back atmosphere. It is very popular with holiday makers pretty much all year round. It has a great beach and plenty of parkland along the banks of the Brunswick River which makes it an ideal spot for a picnic. The river is very shallow at low tide and makes a great spot for the littlies to play. It is also popular with the stand-up paddle boarders.
GREAT AUSSIE CAMP OUT
The fact that our weekend away coincided with the Great Aussie Camp Out was just an added bonus. The Great Aussie Camp Out or GACO for short is an initiative of the Australian Camps Association and is all about encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy camping – which sounds like a great idea to me!
Brunswick Heads is a great spot for a couple of nights. We have camped there once before when we first bought th camper trailer. We also like the beach there and try and take the kids down there as often as we can. Once again we stayed at the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park . It’s a bit pricey compared to some places – $73.00 for 3 adults and 1 child (16 is classed as an adult, 14 is still a child) But we had a large spot right on the edge of the river and the camp kitchen and amenities block were only a few metres away. Plus you can easily walk to the beach or the shops from there.
BRUNSWICK HEADS BEACH
The northern end of Brunswick Heads beach near the break wall is quite sheltered so no big waves. The southern end is more open with bigger waves and is always patrolled in the warmer months (although they do pack up early) The kids had a great time with their ‘boogie’ boards with Miss Oz mounting the Go-Pro on hers and getting some water footage. The boys were also able to put the drone up and get some fairly decent aerial footage.
Sunday morning Miss Oz and I snuck off for a look around the shops. There are plenty of gift shops and boutique style shops to browse in. When it comes to food you are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to stop in for a coffee and a sweet treat.
We finished off our weekend with hot chips in the park adjacent to the Brunswick River. It’s a gorgeous spot with plenty of open space on both sides of the river. There are picnic tables, BBQ’s and a play ground for the kids.