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Serene camping at beautiful Broken Head
  |  First Published: June 2015



Tucked into a rainforest-covered headland with sea views to the east and lush greenery in virtually every other direction, Broken Head Holiday Park offers a style of camping and holidaymaking that centres on peace and quiet. In fact, it’s usually only birdsong from the nearby forest or the gentle sound of surf on sand that will break the serenity of this well setup camping ground.

Getting there

Finding Broken Head Holiday Park could not be easier: it’s 8 kays south of Byron Bay on the coast road between Byron and Ballina. Number 184 Beach Road is virtually right at the end of that road.

As an aside, the Broken Head area is dominated by a rainforest and tall tree covered headland, with the camping ground set into the nearby raised area just to the north of the main headland proper. Note that although the area is elevated, there are no problems with finding a level camp site thanks to the Park’s overall quite level layout.

The Holiday Park’s elevated position does, however, provide fantastic sea views, but as a bonus it’s also within 100m or so of the tree-covered Broken Head headland with it’s idyllic vistas and well formed walking track (2.4km return), which reaches right around to the expanse of beach to the south of the headland.

Folk who enjoy bushwalking, bird watching or just spending a bit of time enjoying the feeling of a pleasant sea breeze will often head straight for the headland once camp is set-up. And at this time of year the headland’s high point provides a great lookout to do a spot of whale watching. If whales are a bit scarce on the day, you can be sure of seeing a few dolphins surfing the waves, or maybe a turtle or 2 mooching about.

Campers and visitors wanting to enjoy a stay at this idyllic camping area should first visit the kiosk with it’s supplies of basic grocery items, smallgoods, ice and gas, as it also doubles as the main booking office. Friendly staff there will assist with the area’s layout and take all necessary details. Note though, that during peak holiday periods it’s best to book well in advance to avoid the disappointment of finding there are no vacancies. As I mentioned, this place is popular, deservedly so.

The facilities

Visitors enjoying a stay have the choice of some 57 powered sites and 37 unpowered ones. There’s also a well-appointed villa (which sleeps 5), several cabins of a capacity to sleep either 4 or 5, plus beach shacks (2 people) with kitchenettes. Linen and towels are available at a small extra charge.

There’s a very well appointed camp kitchen sufficiently large to cater for several groups or families enjoying its ample facilities, such as a microwave, kettle, toaster and barbecue hot plates.

Elsewhere within the Broken Head Holiday Park there are laundry facilities, a dump point for motor homes and the like, while owners of large RVs will also find they can enjoy larger sites best suited to their needs.

The layout is such that it’s very easy to find your way around, with most campers able to acquire a site providing them with a pleasant view of the sea to the east. Be mindful that sometimes visitors from the nearby forest will also spend some time in the park, and it’s not uncommon to spot a scrub turkey doing its rounds.

Local infrastructure

With the town of Byron Bay just a few minutes’ drive away, virtually everything is on hand. This thriving and busy little town seems to have the lot, from supermarkets to fortune tellers. There are also handy bait and tackle supplies, plus service stations, lots of great eateries, and licensed clubs to enjoy. Should an even larger town to visit be required, then Ballina is to the south as well. All-in-all, holidaymakers have a lot at their disposal when staying at Broken Head.

The fishing

Best to last I’d reckon, but first things first. Before grabbing the surf rod, take a look at the local zoning map of the Marine Park Authority NSW, which shows the immediate area of the headland as a Green Zone. Yet on the positive side of the ledger is the 7 odd kays of beach stretching north to Byron Bay, plus the expanse of beach south of the headland to Ballina.

All of this lovely beach formation, with its gutters and holes, is tailor and bream territory. Whiting, bream and dart are also very likely. No whiting in winter? Think again — and as both of these beaches abound with pipis and worms, there is ample natural bait available for the keen beach angler. A light westerly, surf not too high, and the stage is set for some enjoyable beach fishing. To my way of thinking, a couple of tailor fillets sprinkled with lemon as they gently cook on the park’s hot plates would make a perfect brunch.

Broken Head Holiday Park can be contacted at www.brokenheadholidaypark.com.au or on (1800) 450 036 or (02) 6685 3245.

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