Why is Ocean Shores and surrounds so popular?

Ocean Shores is fast becoming one of the most sought-after areas for people to relocate to and the locals can understand why. It has the best of both worlds for people looking for a sea change but who still want access to the facilities that they enjoy.

At just 28 minutes to Kingscliff and around 20 minutes to Byron Bay, Ocean Shores and its adjacent suburbs offer the best of the north coast. Locals and visitors alike enjoy easy access to the stunning beaches of nearby South Golden Beach, New Brighton, and Brunswick Heads to the south.

Originally, our entire region was inhabited by the Bundjalung people; primarily, the Midjumbil and Durumbil clans. In fact, evidence can be found of the original inhabitants even today in the form of Aboriginal middens along the banks of Marshalls Creek.

The most captivating feature of Ocean Shores and surrounding suburbs is the year-round warm climate, the friendly locals and, of course, the gorgeous beaches. Importantly, dog lovers are catered to, with off-leash dog exercise areas at South Golden Beach and New Brighton Beach, as well as south of Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club.

Sit back and take in the laid-back lifestyle

Our lifestyle in this area is fairly chilled, with plenty of socialising. The Ocean Shores Country Club is one of the best places to hang out and enjoy some time with family and friends. If clubs aren’t your scene, the Ocean Shores Tavern is a popular local hangout. As well, you’ll find other great local pubs and taverns in the area in nearby Brunswick Heads.

This region also boasts plenty of markets with lots of lovely, fresh, locally grown produce together with arts and crafts from local artisans. Ocean Shores even has its own shopping centre so that you can pick up all your essentials.

But, in general, life is much slower and far more relaxed in this region. Maybe it has something to do with the neverending stretches of wide, sandy beaches or the mesmerizing sound of the rolling waves. You just want to sit back and take in the sounds and appreciate all that nature has to offer.

Who lives in Ocean Shore and surrounds?

According to the 2016 census, the population of Ocean Shores, including New Brighton and South Golden Beach, was around 6,968, with an average household size of 2.37. Residents comprise both families with young children and older residents who have retired to this beautiful region.

Nearby Brunswick Heads has a population of around 1,869, according to the Estimated Resident Population in 2020. A large proportion of local residents are retirees. And who could blame them! This area is perfect for enjoying life, doing a spot of fishing, swimming and walking on the beach or taking in the wonderful scenery.

What amenities are available in Ocean Shores?

In Ocean Shores itself, there is one public school and a preschool. There’s also a primary school in Brunswick Heads.

The closest hospital is the Byron Central Hospital, which is in Ewingsdale just off the Pacific Highway heading toward Byron Bay. Lismore Base Hospital serves the entire region. Ocean Shores also has its own medical centre, as does Brunswick Heads.

If shopping is your go-to recreational activity, you’ll find plenty of intriguing shops and markets to explore. The region also plays host to many appealing cafés, restaurants and taverns. Many of these take immense care with seasonal menus that take full advantage of local produce.

If you need a little pampering, you’ll find numerous beauty and hair salons in both Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads. There’s even a day spa in Ocean Shores for a total pampering experience.

For the sports-minded, the region also offers plenty of choices. The Ocean Shores Country Club features an 18-hole championship golf course amidst picturesque surroundings as well as two manicured bowling greens and a generous kidney shaped pool and small children’s pool.

There’s also a newly constructed sports field in Ocean Shores that has a premier grade soccer field, as well as all the amenities you would expect. In addition, Ocean Shores has a couple of tennis clubs if you feel like a hit or two.

It’s all about the great outdoors

But, more than anything else, the reason people are flocking to this region is because of the beautiful beaches, the river and the many nature reserves. Of particular note is the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, conveniently located between Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores.

This lovely natural reserve has a number of walking tracks, public toilets and picnic tables. From May to November, you might even catch sight of a humpback whale or two off one of the many vantage points.

It’s no secret why this region is becoming so popular as a sea-change destination. It has gorgeous beaches, peaceful nature reserves and access to some amazing shopping and fantastic eateries that you’re not likely to find anywhere else.

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