Evans Head

Boat off Evans Head, Richmond Valley Council / Photo supplied courtesy of Richmond Valley Council

Population 2629

Evans Head is located at the mouth of the Evans River. It was the first prawning port in Australia and is still predominantly a fishing village, but with 6 kilometres of safe surfing beaches, sandy river flats and coastal scenery, it is also a tourist town. There is excellent rock, beach and ocean fishing.

Visitor Information

2 Beech St; (02) 6682 4343


Nearby national parks

  • Bundjalung National Park

    Bundjalung National Park protects a superb 38-kilometre stretch of the state’s far north coastline, including secluded beaches,...more

  • Broadwater National Park

    Located on the state’s north-east coast, Broadwater National Park’s outstanding feature is its lovely sweep of beach, with...more

  • Yuraygir National Park

    Yuraygir National Park protects the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in New South Wales, a glorious sweep of beaches backed by...more

Nearby towns

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  • Ballina Intro

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  • Iluka

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In Town

Goanna Headland: site of great mythical importance to the Bundjalung people and favourite spot of serious surfers.

Razorback Lookout: views up and down the coast. On a clear day, Cape Byron Lighthouse can be seen to the north; Ocean Dr.


New Italy A monument and remains are all that are left of this settlement that was the result of the ill-fated Marquis de Rays expedition in 1880. The Marquis tricked 340 Italians into purchasing nonexistent property in a Pacific paradise. Disaster struck several times for the emigrants, as they travelled first to Papua New Guinea and then to New Caledonia. Eventually Sir Henry Parkes arranged for their passage to Australia, where the 217 survivors built this village. Also in the New Italy Complex, Guuragai Aboriginal Arts and Crafts offers quality works and information on Aboriginal culture. 23 km SW.

Bundjalung National Park: Aboriginal relics, fishing, swimming and bushwalking; 2 km S.

Broadwater National Park: bushwalking, birdwatching, fishing and swimming; 5 km N.

Woodburn: friendly town on the Richmond River with great spots for picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating; flower show in Aug; 11 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 56 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Stone and Wood Brewing 56 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Black Rocks camping area 16 km

Black Rocks is on Ten Mile Beach, via unsealed Gap Rd, 5 km south of Woodburn. There are concrete bunkers from World War II here – a section in the north of the park is still used by the military for target... Find out more

Woody Head camping area 28 km

Surrounded by remnant subtropical rainforest, Woody Head is the larger of the park’s 2 camping areas with more than 100 sites, 4 cabins, hot showers, a kiosk and a boat launch. Fishing, swimming, snorkelling and... Find out more

Flat Rock Tent Park 34 km

This is a simple camping spot 4 km north-east of Ballina on the Coast Rd (Lennox Head Rd) but it’s quiet and protected despite being about a 3 min walk to Angels Beach. With Ballina and Lennox Head close by,... Find out more

Shelley Head camping area (walk-in camping) 46 km

This walk-in selection of campsites is en route between Lake Arragan and Mara Creek on the Angourie Walk (10 km, 3 hr return). Campers need to bring their own drinking water and gas/fuel stove as campfires are not... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 49 km

At Broken Head Nature Reserve, lush and fertile rainforests reach emerald tendrils all the way down to long, sweeping beaches, and this holiday park is tucked in right next to the reserve, 7 km south of Byron Bay.... Find out more

Lake Arragan camping area 51 km

Next to a small coastal lagoon ringed with paperbarks and nodding reeds, this camping area is just as popular with migratory and resident birds as it is with campers, but with 50 campsites there’s room for... Find out more

Red Cliff camping area 51 km

This is next to Grey Cliff camping area, on the headland south of Lake Arragan, 5 km north of Brooms Head along the unsealed Brooms Head Rd. The campsites are big enough for camper trailers and caravans. Bring firewood... Find out more

Grey Cliff camping area 52 km

Next to Red Cliff camping area on the headland south of Lake Arragan, Grey Cliff is 5 km north of Brooms Head along the unsealed Brooms Head Rd. The campsites are big enough for camper trailers and caravans. Bring... Find out more

Rummery Park camping area 58 km

From this roomy, friendly camping area you can take a short walk following Boggy Creek to the beautiful Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Other activities include birdwatching and car touring. To get here, turn off... Find out more

Sandon River camping area 62 km

You get the best of many worlds from here: sweeping sandy beach to the north; rockpools to the south at the base of Sandon Bluffs; and fine fishing in Sandon River. The 40 sites in the camping area are suitable for... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Silver Sands Holiday Park

This is a huge beachside park with good facilities just a short walk from the centre of town. It has many permanent holiday vans and is a very popular holiday spot for people from the nearby inland towns. Bookings are... Find out more

South Ballina Beach Holiday Park 29 km

This is a very neat park on the south side of the Richmond River. It is in a quiet area and is one of the few parks along this stretch of coast where pets are permitted (except in Christmas and Easter holidays). Bookings... Find out more

BIG4 Ballina Central Holiday Park 30 km

This park is across the road from the water, at the end of the main street and just walking distance from the shops. The park has good amenities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

Anchorage Holiday Park 31 km

This is a well-established, owner-operated park with very good facilities. It is situated across the road from the wide Clarence River estuary and is 2 km from the town centre. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Iluka Riverside Tourist Park 33 km

At this large well-appointed park, enjoy the riverside barbecues and picnic tables, the grassy waterfront sites or the fully equipped camp kitchen overlooking the river. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park 33 km

This neat, spacious, riverfront park 10 km from Yamba has very good facilities. Quiet and out of the way, it is situated on a large, sweeping bend of the Clarence River and has great appeal to those who enjoy estuary... Find out more

Calypso Holiday Park 36 km

This older-style park has a great position on the waterfront. It is a short stroll to the centre of town and just a brief walk to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

Blue Dolphin Holiday Park 36 km

This riverfront, award-winning park is on the Clarence River estuary. It is an excellent park, with everything you would expect of a park of this quality, including a cafe. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Ballina Headlands Leisure Park 37 km

On a popular holiday coast, this park is about 500 metres from the water and 9 km north-east of Ballina off the Beach Road. It is a good base when visiting the area and has a heated pool for winter months. Bookings are... Find out more

Yamba Waters Caravan Park 37 km

This is a spacious quality park about 2.5 km from the centre of this popular tourist destination. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emerald Valley Villa 56 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Trustons Hill rest area 9 km

40km S of Woodburn (L)

Just off the highway behind some trees. For southbound only.

Woodburn park area 10 km

At Woodburn

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

New Italy rest area 13 km

At New Italy

Just off the highway under shady trees near the museum and cafe. Big rigs at north end of the rest area.

Wardell rest area 21 km

22km N of Woodburn (L) or 14km S of Ballina (L)

Large areas just off the highway on both sides.

Beekeepers rest area 28 km

28km S of Woodburn (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Maclean park area 45 km

At Maclean

Small area on the riverbank just off the highway at Ferry Park Café.

Tyagarah rest area 59 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Market: Cnr Oak and Park sts; 4th Sat each month.

Fishing Classic: July.

Evans Head Flower Show: Sept.

Evans Head Longboard Invitational: Sept.

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