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BroadwaterWith National Park to the east and farms to the west, Broadwater is located right on the Richmond River in Northern NSW. With a population of 460, water recreation is a major attraction for this town. Surfing, swimming, fishing and water skiing are all at your doorstep with a boat ramp into the Richmond River in town and the beautiful "Broadwater Beach" only 3.5km out of town. Broadwater is situated only 11km to Evans Head, 22km to Ballina and 58km to Byron Bay. HistoryBroadwater is a small town in the Richmond Valley local government area, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The history of Broadwater has largely revolved around its sugar mill. In 1863 Henry Cook and Alexander MacDonald became the first people to select land in the area. The Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) opened the town's sugar mill in 1880. Today Broadwater is the centre of the region's highly mechanised sugar industry, which is still a major employer. In recent years the area has also seen an influx of new settlers, attracted by its peaceful rural lifestyle. Restaurants and CafesThis sweet town has two cafes, Melba’s Verandah and Our Daily Bread, which are in the heart of Broadwater. Our Daily Bread Café is a renovated church which displays vintage wares styled to take you back to yester year. Homemade meals and cakes plus delicious coffee makes this a great local café and an interesting place to stop. SchoolsBroadwater Public school is a small school focusing strongly on each student reaching their potential. There is a strong academic and welfare program and students are supported and encouraged in a safe, attractive environment with extensive gardens and air-conditioned buildings. Small class sizes with experienced and caring staff plus the use of modern technology ensures that each students abilities are extended and needs are addressed. The small school is welcoming and friendly matching the sweet little town of Broadwater.
CorakiThe name Coraki is derived from Bundjalung Gurigay, meaning The meeting of the waters. With a population of 1,180, Coraki is a historic river port, with a number of fine old Federation-style buildings. With its own shipyards, Coraki still enjoys its riverside location, where fishing, boating and water sports are popular. Coraki is located only 28km from Evans Head, 27km from Lismore, 32km from Casino and 45km from Ballina. Coraki is a small village with many community facilities including hospitals, schools, churches, museums, Post Office and a library, sporting fields, a retirement village and recreational parks. At the western boundary of Coraki township lies Box Ridge, an indigenous community. HistoryThe first Europeans into the area arrived in the 1830’s looking for suitable cedar trees to cut and ship out. They settled around Coraki where there were good stands of red cedar. The first permanent settler in to the area was Williams Yasbley, who, in 1849, obtained a lease to Brook Station. As the settlement began to grow Yasbley built a ship yard which was active for many years sending ships through both the Wilson and Richmond Rovers. By the 1860’s Coraki was the major port on the Richmond River and was far more substantial than Lismore. By the 1890s Coraki was the most prosperous town in the district. Lismore and Casino grew in importance (as river transport declined and rail and road grew in significant), so Coraki became a smaller and quieter community that it is still known for today. Restaurants and CafesCoraki is in close proximity to fabulous restaurants in the area. Lismore and Casino both boast great restaurants which will be sure to delight your taste buds. SchoolsCoraki Public School and St Joseph’s Public School are located in the heart of town and are committed to providing a well-balanced education for their students. Close by is the CWA Pre-School Care centre which provides a safe and secure learning environment that caters for all children between the age of 3 – 5 years for their individual interests and needs. Sports, Fitness and RecreationWindsor Park Sports Ground is located south of the township and includes hockey fields, football field with raised spectator hills, tennis courts, clubhouse and skate park.
Evans HeadEvans Head is situated on the Far North Coast of NSW and is located 230km south of Brisbane and 720km north of Sydney. A part of the Richmond Valley Shire, the town is a quiet coastal village surrounded by two National Parks and the Pacific Ocean. Accessibility is easy with the town being 30 minutes south from Ballina/Byron Airport and 90 minutes south from Coolangatta/Gold Coast Airport. With miles of unspoilt and uncrowded beaches, Evans' is popular for surfers and fisherman alike. The sandy shallows of the Evans River and the large parks are great for young children to swim and play ensuring an easy-going family holiday. There is more than 20,000 hectares of National Parks surrounding the town, providing magnificent scenery and an array of walking and driving tracks to take in the spectacular wildflowers and birdlife. 4WD beach access is available from Airforce Beach and the town has good camping facilities. Evans Head is ideal for visitors of all ages. The average temperature during summer is 28.5ºC with winter a comfortable 19.5ºC average, which the southerners love. Evans' has excellent average rainfall of 2,000mm annually. The town is divided by the Evans River, which is arguably one of the most pristine estuaries in NSW. The headland and Razorback Lookout, on the southern side of the river, provide an excellent vantage point to orientate yourself to the layout of the town. From here you can capture breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean coastline, the full expanse of our two National Parks and even a spot of whale and dolphin watching. HistoryThe original inhabitants of the area were the Bundjalung people and today it is still recognised as Bundjalung country. Evans Head was the first major prawning port in Australia. The first European settler was Captain Thomas Paddon. At that time Chinaman Beach was worked by some 300 Chinese miners and McAuleys Lead was established about 25 km from Evans Head. After Paddon settled at the river mouth, the area began to attract a few regular holiday-maker and the first store was opened at Evans Head in 1919. The town grew rapidly when the RAAF established a bombing gunnery school in 1940 which, at its peak, had 1776 personnel. The bridge over the Evans River was built in 1962. From here Evans Head continued to grow and thrive as a small coastal country town where locals enjoy the beauty and community feel of this small town. SchoolsEvans River K-12 School opened in 2000 with a student base of 560 and 85 staff. The school is committed to providing a safe and practical education in a friendly and caring environment. Centrally located the school is within walking distance for many local students and has bus routes to and from the school too. Restaurants and CafesFor a small town there is a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. Breakfast, brunch or lunch can be enjoyed by the beach or river with cafes at the Surf club and along the river’s edge. The Illawong Hotel and the RSL club boast great Alacarte dining for lunch and dinner all within a short distance from where you live. Sports, Fitness and RecreationA start of the art fitness and aquatic centre is a hub for locals and tourists providing classes and programs for all ages. Located on Stan Payne oval the aquatic centre shares the area with touch football, Rugby, hockey and cricket fields that are a hive of activity throughout the sporting seasons. If a more relaxed style of fitness is for you then the many walking tracks and paths throughout will keep you busy. You can walk from Airforce Beach all the way up to the Lookout and over Razorback taking in an aerial view of Evans Head.
WoodburnWith a population of 520, Woodburn is located on the Richmond River in Northern NSW. Being on the Pacific Highway, the town attracts many passing tourists, yet has retained its laid back village atmosphere. Situated only 10km to Evans Head, 35km to Lismore and 37km to Ballina, Woodburn has plenty to offer for people of all ages. HistoryPrior to the arrival of European settlers in the 1840s, the Woodburn area - known as Maniworkan to the Indigenous inhabitants - was the home of the Bundjalung people. Woodburn was an important river port until the decline in river transportation along the Richmond led to a decline in the town's own fortunes. Today, the income associated with the town's position on one of Australia's major highways is important to the local economy, as are the fields of sugar cane surrounding the town. Restaurants and CafesThe Rod and Reel Hotel in Woodburn offers a great pub counter meal where you can dine outside overlooking the river. Rich River Coffee and Wurlitzer bakery have delicious café style meals and pies as well as great coffee to keep the locals and tourists happy. SchoolsThe area has two schools close by. Woodburn Public School just a couple of blocks back from the main street which caters for kids from Kindergarten to Year 6. And St Joseph’s Primary School which is on the road out towards Coraki, still very close to the heart of town. Both schools are small and provide a great learning base for all students. Sports, Fitness and RecreationTake a stroll along the picturesque river or have a picnic alongside the river under the shade of the trees. Woodburn has a soccer field, tennis courts and a public swimming pool.