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Evans Head

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Evans 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.

The 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.

Evans 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 Cafes
For 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 Recreation
A 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.