Suffolk Park, New South Wales
New South Wales
View of Cocked Hat Rocks and Broken Head from Tallow Beach
|Population||3,468 (2011 census)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Suffolk Park Phoenix Football Club was formed in 2012. It is the first officially recognized sporting team for Suffolk Park. The home ground is in Beech Drive. S.P.F.C won its first trophies as the Men's 3rd Division side won the pointscore (minor premiership) as well as winning the grand final. In 2014, the club has two senior men's teams, two senior women's teams and two junior miniroos teams.
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—zib 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.