Suffolk Park, New South Wales

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Suffolk Park
New South Wales
Broken Head From Tallow Beach October 2008.jpg
View of Cocked Hat Rocks and Broken Head from Tallow Beach
Population 3,468 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2481
LGA(s) Byron Shire
State electorate(s) Ballina
Federal Division(s) Richmond
Suburbs around Suffolk Park:
Coopers Shoot Byron Bay Coral Sea
Coopers Shoot Suffolk Park Coral Sea
Coopers Shoot Broken Head Coral Sea
Commemorative plaque of George A. Suffolk.

Suffolk Park is a suburb in the Byron Shire of the Northern Rivers region in New South Wales, Australia. It is five km south of Byron Bay. Its population according to the 2011 Census was 3,468.[1]

The town was named after George A. Suffolk (1876-1952) who dedicated a large parcel of land to the Byron Shire Council for community use on 16 November 1922. Suffolk Park has grown to a point of having its own identity. Situated just south of Cape Byron, Suffolk Park is a ten-minute drive from Byron Bay. Tallow Beach, which stretches 15 km from Cosy Corner at the Cape south to Broken Head lies adjacent to the suburb.[2]

Streets[edit]

The main shops are located on Clifford Street. The beach runs parallel with Alcorn Street. Other notable streets are Armstrong Street and Brandon Street. Some residents of Alcorn Street were accused of appropriating Suffolk Park beach reserve into their backyards in 2008. Native vegetation had been removed, private tracks to the beach and misleading signs had resulted in degradation of the coastal foreshore.[3]

Landmarks[edit]

Notable landmarks in the area are "Cocked-Hat Rocks", (a large rocky outcrop at the Broken Head beach) which are also known by traditional Bundjalung people as "Sister's Rocks", the Suffolk Park Caravan Park, and King's Beach.

Facilities[edit]

There is a small shopping centre at the corner of Clifford Street and Broken Head Road that services Suffolk Park with a post office, liquor store, pub, newsagent, bakery, pharmacy, movie rental, and a few restaurants and take-aways. Suffolk Park also features a small recreational area behind the fire station, Gaggin Park, through which entry to Tallow Beach is available.

Suffolk Park Fire Station

Sporting clubs[edit]

In 2012, the Suffolk Park Phoenix Football Club was formed after a split within the Byron Bay 6th division 2011 minor premiership team.

Suburbs[edit]

The geographic/political locality of Suffolk Park extends north to Byron Bay; west to encompass Baywood Chase and Byron Hills; and south to Broken Head—however Baywood Chase and Byron Hills are often considered separate suburbs because of their considerable sizes. Baywood Chase and Byron Hills were planned constructions and feature many cul de sacs, which are favourite settling spots for many young families with children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Suffolk Park (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Suffolk Park.
  3. ^ Kerryn Anker (16 August 2008). "Rich accused of stealing public beach". goldcoast.com.au (News Limited). Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

Coordinates: 28°41′S 153°37′E / 28.683°S 153.617°E / -28.683; 153.617