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Christmas trip to Brunswick Heads & Byron Bay

Saturday, 24 November 2012
A weekend camping trip to Brunswick Heads (next to Byron Bay). We will have access to beaches and to flatwater. This is a social end of year trip for everyone.

Full Details

Paddle type: Flatwater/Sea kayak/whitewater
Location: Brunswick Heads. Day trip to Byron bay beaches and/or Broken Head (just south of Byron), depending on conditions.
Date: 24th and 25th November 2012
Accommodation: camping at Brunswick Heads

Overview: We intend to do a paddle on the Brunswick River on Saturday afternoon and we may also run a trip at the same time in the surf there if the conditions are safe. The surf activity is for the more experienced paddlers/ WW paddlers. The tide is flooding (i.e. coming in) from about 12.30PM on Saturday, so we may paddle upstream with the current to Mullumbimby (10k upstream from Brunswick Heads) and get picked up there rather than paddle back against the tidal current.

We may have a beach party on Saturday night and there may be a 'party theme' but we will advise on that closer to the date.

On Sunday we will pack up and drive to Byron Bay for a surf (in kayaks) or a swim. Byron Bay is 17k or 15mins south of Brunswick Heads. For those less experienced we will be running a training session in the small waves that are often there close to the beach. This will be weather dependent. For those that do not want to go in the water, there it is a good chance to just relax on the beach. There will be time to visit the township and we may have a late lunch there.

The trip officially will start on Saturday morning and we will plan to meet no later than 10AM at the Holiday Park at Brunswick Heads. It is likely that we will need to meet at 7AM at the Canoe Club shed to pack the kayaks on the trailer.

I will be arriving there on Friday afternoon so anyone is welcome to join me earlier if you wish.

Other information of interest:-
The moon will be at 80% intensity and the sunset will be at 7.25PM. This Trip is intended to be a social as well as a recreational activity. There will be time for just relaxing as well as skills training if desired.

Tide times for Brunswick Heads. Note that tide times at the beach at Byron Bay are unlikely to vary to that at Brunswick Heads.

24th November (Saturday)
6:20 am high tide ( 1.3 m )
12:30 pm low tide ( 0.5 m )
6:15 pm high tide ( 1.2 m )

25th November (Sunday)
12:30 am low tide ( 0.3 m )
7:05 am high tide ( 1.4 m )
1:20 pm low tide ( 0.5 m )
7:00 pm high tide ( 1.2 m )

Getting there: Brunswick Heads is 150K from Brisbane and will take 1hr35mins not accounting for times of peak traffic. It is in Northern NSW and you will travel down the Pacific Motorway to the Gold Coast then continue on and follow the road signs. More detailed directions will be supplied to participants closer to the date.

Camping: We will camp at the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park on the River at Brunswick Heads the detail of which follows:-
Fingal St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
Ph: (02) 6685 1233
Email: terracereserve (AT) nchp.com.au
www.northcoastholidayparks.com.au

The cost for the camping for a tent site is $36 per night. This rate is for two adults. Extra adults are $15 per adult per night. A tent site can take a maximum of 6 persons. So this will work out about $15 to $20 per person per night. You do not need to reserve the tent site as l have already reserved some sites but will be confirmed later.

The campsites are close to the River and access to the Brinswick river is available direct from the Holiday Park.

Contact and Registration: John Simmons (AC Sea Guide)
Please also add what days you can make it, whether you have a car, how many you can take in the car, and whether the car has roof racks (how many boats can you take) and/or a tow bar