23.8 C
Byron Shire
March 3, 2024

Brunzfairy Trail lights up for winter solstice

Latest News

On Wallum

We seem to rely way too much on Byron Council and councillors to have the knowledge or expertise in...

Other News

Union joins fundraiser to feed reporters in Gaza

Photos, footage, audio and news reports from the middle east show nearly everyone in the Gaza is struggling to find food and essential medical supplies, including reporters.

Hijacking feminism, harming women

Surely the success of feminist activism is one of the most positive stories of our times. Just think of the limited options of our mothers, compared to young women today. 

Floodplain fury

With the two-year flood anniversary being recognised this week, Council appears to be pushing on with its plans to seek approval from the state government for floodplain development in Mullumbimby. 

Lismore skate ramp on the move

Tomorrow the vertical skate ramp from Victoria Street in Lismore will be transported by road to Nimbin, to a private property.

Man missing more than two weeks

Tweed Byron police are asking the public for help finding a man reported missing for more than two weeks.

Interview with Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler

Tales of Lust & Madness is a new show from Lydia Lunch, New York’s ‘punk poet queen of extremities’ and Joseph Keckler, a singular performer once crowned the ‘best downtown performance artist’ in New York City.

A youngster enjoys discovering one of the houses along the BrunzFairy Trail. photo Facebook
A youngster enjoys discovering one of the houses along the BrunzFairy Trail. photo Facebook

This Sunday, June 19, the fairy houses on the Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail will be lit with candles, magical lanterns and fairy lights to celebrate the upcoming winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which falls on June 21.

There will also be tiny fairy boats floating on the river near the Footbridge and magical lights in the mangroves.

‘The Brunzfairy Trail aims to connect children with the world of imaginative play, the wonder of playing in nature, and the cycles of the seasons. It is lovingly designed to bring out the imaginative child in us all and to foster a sense of joy, fun and play. It is completely free, and designed that way to give families a chance to have no cost fun together,’ says ‘fairy grandmother’ Ollie Heathwood.

As part of her one-woman project she has been steadily making and adding new fairy houses and now there are 14 hidden around the village.

‘This is my little grass roots spread the love project which is completely free, sells nothing, asks nothing, just designed to bring a little love and magic to hearten folks,’ she says

‘Hundreds of families have enjoyed the fairy trail, and many come regularly to visit their favourites amongst the fourteen hidden fairy houses, and leave little notes and flowers. Many post photos on the Brunzfairies Facebook page, and the joy and wonder on the little one’s faces is clear to see.

‘Come along and walk the trail, and if you like carry a lantern if you have one.’

You could also be part of the creative team that makes our village into a fairy wonderland for this night. Call Ollie on 0428 284 030 if you would like to be part of making magic.

Where will the magic be?

On Sunday June 19th between 5:30 and 7:30 pm, the Fairy Solstice Lights walk will start at the beach near the surf club where the fairy lighthouse will be lit, and from there follow the magic across the footbridge, along Fingal Street and finish at Clem’s Cargo on Tweed Street.

Alternatively, you can start at Clementina’s fairy house outside Clem’s cargo if you wish and then go along Fingal Street to the beach.

There will be a fairy ring to dance in by Gum Blossom Fairy’s house, in the park beside the Brunswick Heads Library.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. I find the Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail quite remarkable. It is a wonderful addition to community life. This unique project is a labour of love that delights all who come across the fairy houses.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Byron influencers

I'd love to know the fashion swimwear evolution for the Bundjalung people swimming at Tyagarah, 60,000, 50,000, 40,000, 30,000, 20,000, 10,000 and 250 years...

How would you stop koalas going extinct in the wild?

The strategy for koala conservation is currently under review and the community is being asked for feedback on the best ways to help NSW’s endangered koalas.

First Australian made and owned rocket test flight coming…

Gilmour Space Technologies is looking to put Australia on the map when it comes to space flight with the first test flight of an Australian-made and owned rocket coming in a few months.

Mandy gets back to a little virgin sacrifice

The virgin sacrifice is bak with Mandy Nolan bringing the Northern Rivers a new batch of comedy virgins coming to the stage.