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Brunswick Heads

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Brunswick Heads is 1,798, with a population density of 1.26 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Brunswick Heads is bounded by the Brunswick River in the north, the Coral Sea in the east, the locality of Tyagarah and Gulgan Road in the south, and Mullumbimby Road and the localities of Myocum and Mullumbimby in the west.

Name origin

Brunswick Heads is named after the Brunswick River, which was named after Queen Caroline of Brunswick. It was originally known as Brunswick.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1840s, with land used mainly for cedar cutting. Population was minimal until the 1870s, with the township and port established in the 1880s. Boat building was an important industry. Growth took place during the 1880s and early 1890s. Land then became used more for farming (including banana and sugar cane growing), particularly dairy farming. The area became a popular tourist resort from the 1920s. A harbour was built in the 1960s. The population increased during the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. The population then declined slightly between 1996 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Brunswick Heads includes a small township, and rural areas to the south and west. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, with fishing also being an important industry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, Tyagarah Nature Reserve, Brunswick Heads Beach, Torakina Beach, Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour, Brunswick Heads Sports Fields, Banner Park, Pilgrim Memorial Park, Torakina Park, the Brunswick River and one school.