Evans Head

Evans Heads is a seaside town surrounded by natural beauty, from the sparkling Evans River and the magnificent national parks to the beautiful beaches and the azure sea. Enjoy boating, fishing, surfing, kayaking and more. Relax on uncrowded sandy beaches. You’ll find fascinating military heritage, too.

The meandering estuary divides the charming town, in the Northern Rivers region on the far NSW North Coast. A small fishing fleet operates from Evans Head. You can buy fresh prawns, crabs and fish daily from the Evans Head Fishermen’s Co-op, near the marina on the estuary’s southern side.

Pink skies at sunset over Evans River, Evans Head

The calm estuary is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. Another popular waterway for paddling is Jerusalem Creek, in the splendid Bundjalung National Park on the southern side. Keep an eye out for koalas in the treetops on the Gummigurrah walking track, a 3.3km loop.

There are spectacular coastal views from Razorback Lookout and Goanna Headland, which has a deep spiritual connection with the local Aboriginal people. You can spot humpback and other whales during their annual migration, and pods of dolphins frolic in the waves along the sandy beaches.

Evans Head Beach is ideal for inexperienced surfers because it’s protected from southeast swells that generate big waves elsewhere. In the right conditions the breakwall creates a good wave. Just north is Airforce Beach, a long stretch popular with 4WD enthusiasts, beach anglers and dog owners.

Sunrise at Goanna Headland, Evans Head

The great fishing is celebrated at the Evans Head Fishing Classic, a tournament held every winter school holidays that attracts fishers of all ages and experiences. Check out the events calendar for more fun, including the youth festival Crankfest, the delicious Beef Meets Reef and aviation shows.

The heritage-listed aerodrome was one of the largest Royal Australian Air Force training bases in World War II. A collection of military aircraft is in the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Museum and you can explore the history further at Evans Head Living Museum.

Places to stay suit a various budgets, from the Black Rocks campground in Bundjalung to a riverside holiday park, motels and a hotel. Bring your bicycle and explore the coast on shared cycling and walking paths. There are also picnic and barbecue facilities in pretty waterside parks and reserves.

Lismore Regional Airport

Fly into Lismore Regional Airport

Lismore Regional Airport is located 4 km from Lismore town’s centre. Use the car rental or taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip north. Lismore is also a gateway to Byron Bay, less than an hour’s drive northeast. Rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

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.

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  1. Santa visits Evans Head

    Monday 24 December 2018 , Evans Head

    From 5.30pm on Christmas eve, Santa will visit Evans Head. Listen out for the NSW Fire Brigade Truck as Santa visits the residents before flying back to the North Pole.…

    24 Dec
  2. The Great Eastern Fly-In

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2019 , Evans Head

    The Great Eastern Fly-In is a unique Australian aviation event. Pilots, their families and friends, Fly-In from all over Australia, to enjoy a great summer holiday with a difference! Locals, young and old, come to marvel at the latest…

  3. Beef Meets Reef

    Sunday 19 May 2019 , Evans Head

    The fun takes place in Oak Street, Evans Head. Beef Meets Reef is a huge celebration of seafood, salt air and beef skewers for all the family to enjoy. Come and taste the local offerings of scrumptious Reef and Beef while you are…

    19 May