Evans Head


Fun seaside adventures

Enjoy surfing, swimming, fishing and kayaking in Evans Head, a gorgeous coastal village at the mouth of the Evans River. Relax on white sandy beaches, visit Airforce Beach for a 4WD adventure, explore national parks, and cast a line in the Evans Head Fishing Classic.

  • Evans Head Lookout, North Coast
  • Evans Head, North Coast

About Evans Head

A charming coastal fishing village in the Lismore region on the far North Coast of NSW, Evans Head has beautiful beaches for surfing and swimming or for just rolling out the towel and relaxing on soft sand. You’ll also find great beach fishing and the Evans River is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Evans Head Beach is ideal for inexperienced surfers because the area is protected from southeast swells that generate big waves at other beaches around Evans Head. Airforce Beach is popular with 4WD enthusiasts and surfers like Shark Bay for waves that sweep around the headland.

Fishing, Evans Head

Razorback Lookout offers spectacular panoramas of the coast and hinterland. North and south of Evans Head are national parks, with plenty of beaches. Bundjalung National Park is south of Evans Head and Broadwater National Park is north. You’ll find good bushwalking trails in both parks.

You can buy fresh seafood caught that day by the small, local fishing fleet. And the great fishing in the area is celebrated at the annual Evans Head Fishing Classic, a week-long event attracting anglers of all ages and experience. Places to stay suit a range of budgets, from hotels and motels to cabins, caravan parks and campgrounds, including Black Rocks.

For fascinating World War II history, visit the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum and the Evans Head Living Museum. The town’s airfield was used for gunnery training. A collection of military and heritage aircraft is housed at the airfield.

Fly into Lismore or Ballina airports

Evans Head is less than 40 minutes’ drive from both Lismore Regional Airport and Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. Rental car services are available at both airports. Explore the Lismore region, including coastal national parks and World Heritage rainforest, at your own pace.

For Lismore airport, Regional Express operates more than 50 direct flights to and from Sydney weekly. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Lismore. For Ballina airport, direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Newcastle are available daily, with three operators - Jetstar, Regional Express and Virgin Australia.


  1. Airforce Beach

    One of the most popular beaches on the north coast, Airforce Beach is patrolled during the summer holiday period. It has fairly consistent surf with the best wave direction being from the east northeast. Easy walking...

  2. Canoe Evans River Paddle Route

    If you want a water based adventure without getting your feet too wet, it could be hard to pass up the chance to paddle up the Evans River at the northern tip of Bundjalung National Park. Here, the river, ocean and...

  3. Chinamans Beach Evans Head

    Bound by the native bushland of Bundjalung National Park, this secluded beach is a short drive from Evans Head township. Follow the walking track from Chinaman's Beach car park, down to one of the most peaceful spots...

  4. Evans Head Beach

    The surf at Evans Head is ideal for inexperienced surfers because it enjoys protection from the big southeast swells that get the local big-wave riders excited.The river estuary that divides the...

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