Of all of the places I’ve visited over the last three weeks, this place absolutely knocked it out of the park for me. Completely unexpected, and not really on my itinerary, I turned up to this small coastal town by chance during my exploration of the Byron Hinterland and beyond in my hunt for all things vintage. My Brunswick Heads Road Trip Journal is giving you all the insider tips you need to enjoy this slice of coastal heaven.
Brunswick Heads has it all – vintage wares to seek out, a river perfect for fishing, kayaking and SUP, Torakina beach is a beautiful little beach at the mouth of the river suitable for those seeking a leisurely swim, and Main Beach is great for surfing and those looking to swim amongst some more robust waves. For a feed I’d recommend Hotel Brunswick – the food here was so delicious and the outlook to the river made for such an enjoyable lunch. There are also a tonne of other fabulous eateries dotted all around Brunswick Heads just waiting for me to go back and experience.
I’d heard a whisper about Fabulous Mrs Fox and I can assure you it was everything I’d hoped and expected and more. This place is an eclectic melting pot of unique modern and vintage wares and I could have honestly spent hours wandering around looking at every single treasure in this inspiring space. Parri is the owner of this incredible business and I loved having a chat with her about all things Fabulous Mrs Fox. I’d spent the better part of 45 minutes a few days earlier chatting with Sarah about all things Brunswick and this incredibly inspiring space and building and I picked up quite the incredible treasure whilst I was there, a Six-20 Brownie Model D box camera from 1946 which is still in working order and still has it’s original leather case and instructions…..safe to say I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.
I’d also heard along the grapevine about Clems Cargo. When I walked in I was in awe of the amount of incredible pieces on offer here. I was in heaven with anything and everything vintage and upcycled at my fingertips. I’d been searching for a leather bag for my Canon camera and wandering through this labyrinth of treasures I found it! I love that it’s vintage, and I love that my camera fits so beautifully in it. Granted it’s not a “camera bag” but it’s perfect for me and my trusty sidekick the 6D so I was so stoked and I fell in love with it instantly.
Driving into Brunswick itself I passed the Brunswick Picture House and I felt immediate nostalgia for a time I wished I’d been a part of. Brunswick is a a nod to what I imagined Byron would have been like back in the days before it was over-commercialised – yes, progress is excellent, but so is keeping your roots, and Bruns (as the locals call it) does this beautifully. The old world and the modern world collide in the most beautiful kaleidoscope of colour, retro architecture and coastal living.
If you’re looking for a road trip destination that has charm, small town vibes, delicious food, friendly locals and a laid back feel, then Bruns should definitely be on your list.