Meet Ocean Shores
Ocean Shores is a coastal town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. Since being established in the early 1970s it has grown to a reasonable size town. Originally Ocean Shores was a land holding owned by reclusive billionaire D.K.Ludwig with backing from American evangelical country singer Pat Boone (named after Ocean Shores, Washington, where Boone resided in 1967). Lots were sold by Michael Jon Hand, Frank Nugan and Bernie Houghton of what would later become the notorious Nugan Hand bank. It is the 2nd largest town in the Byron Shire. It is located in the Brunswick Valley - a valley including the towns of Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads. The town has a local shopping complex and a large golf course which weaves through the town. At the 2011 census, Ocean Shores had a population of 4,032 people.
Climate & Geography
Ocean Shores has a subtropical climate throughout the year. Summer is generally warm to hot with a few days reaching above 30 degrees. Winter is cool to mild with around two days under 14 degrees. Normal day maximums are around 20 degrees. Spring and Autum are mild to warm, with maximums around 25 and higher with few days below it. Winds come from all directions which means there are warm northerly days or mild southerly days. Spring is known to have many rainy days and humid conditions. Thunderstorms are also common. Southern Ocean Shores is located on the edge of the Brunswick River catchment, which means most of the terrain is elevated and has terrific sea views. Northern Ocean Shores is located on mostly flat land on the beach. The north arm of the Brunswick River weaves through the north of the town. Ocean Shores Public School and Ocean Shores Pre-School are located in Ocean Shores North. A canal called 'Capriconia Canal' runs through Ocean Shores North and connects to Yelgun Creek. Most of Ocean Shores North lies next to the Billinudgel Nature Reserve. The closest cities are Lismore and Gold Coast.
Community & History
The people of Ocean Shores live in a coastal and estuarine environment. They experience one of the most beautiful areas of the East Coast of Australia. The area has a mix of newcomers from all over the world, as well as old timers, who have lived in the district all of their lives. Members of the Midjimbul / Durumbil clans are the traditional custodians of the area. There are Aboriginal sites in the area, including Middens along Marshalls Creek. The area is rich in indigenous heritage. The Brunswick, which included the Ocean Shores area, was the first place of European settlement in what is now called the Byron Shire, dating back to 1846. Pictured on the left is the opening of The Round House in Ocean Shores in March 1969.
Arts & Culture
The Ocean Shores Arts Expo began in 2004 when a group of residents who had come together during the Pacific Highway planning controversy decided to create something uplifting, creative and positive for the community. Lions of Brunswick/Mullumbimby straight away supported the project as a worthy cultural event to bring community together, and provided funding and many willing hands to help. Local history has been an important corner stone of the Expo every year with our local historian Frank Mills. The Art Expo has taken place over a weekend in August every year. The next Art Expo will be in 2012. The venue is the Ocean Shores Public School, Shara Blvd, North Ocean Shores. Patrons can view art and sculpture, listen to local musicians and enjoy drinks and nibbles. Then over the weekend there are local musicians performing, art demonstrations, the Youth art show, a community artwork, and the Artists’ café.
Shopping & Retail
The Ocean Village Shopping Centre is a central meeting place for Ocean Shores residents. It has a variety of stores including a Coles supermarket. New Brighton shops includes a holistic health centre, General store, liquor, post office and cafe. South Golden Beach has a general store and take away cafe. The entrance to the rural hinterland of The Pocket and Main Arm is Billinudgel. Billinudgel village has a variety of retail shops including general store, the historic Billinudgel Hotel, hot pie garden restaurant, post office, hair dresser and many others. Billinudgel also has a large industrial estate including auto repairs, storage units, Brunswick Valley bus depot, cosmetic manufacturer, gymnasium, curtain blinds factory and many others. The Ocean Shores and surrounding area established a business networking group in 2012, called Business Ashored, to promote and support trade and the local economy.
Meet South Golden Beach
South Golden Beach, the north most residential area in the Byron Shire, and is located towards the southern end of 14.4km long beach NSW10. NSW10 is a continuous stretch of sand running from Black Rock Reef in the north down to the Brunswick River in the south. Along the 14.4km stretch of sand the following beaches are located from north to south - Wooyung, Crabs Creek, South Golden and finally New Brighton. South Golden Beach boasts a long stretch of pristine white beach, there are a number of holiday rentals available and there is a general store. South Golden Beach is a short drive from the tourist destinations of the Tweed Coast in the north and Brunswick Heads in the south.
Location & History
The entire beach is backed by a low vegetated foredune and 100-200 m wide low barrier, backed from the north by 7 km long Mooball Creek, then its southern tributary Billinudgal Creek and its 500ha swamp. The Coast Road runs right behind the northern 7 km of beach providing numerous access points, together with a beach reserve and parking at Mooball and a caravan park at Wooyung, before it turns inland to bypass the Billinudgal Nature Reserve, occupied by the swamp. Next is the Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach housing developments backing a 1 km long section of beach; then the older narrow New Brighton settlement behind the next 1 km, with Brunswick Head Nature Reserve backing the southern 2 km. This was the former site of the original New Brighton which, following the construction of the Brunswick River training walls between 1959-1962, was eroded by waves in the late 1970s. The gravel North Head road runs through the reserve to the northern Brunswick Heads entrance wall, a popular spot with fishers and surfers.
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