For decades families have flocked to this quiet coastal town, and the town has one of the largest caravan parks in NSW. This park is located on the banks of the Evans River and offers plenty of shade, safe swimming in the river, a fantastic surfing beach just one hundred metres away and the town close by for supplies. Evans Head has a good selection of businesses and services and the local RSL club overlooking the river is a great place to relax.
The uncrowded, long sandy beaches draw in both fishermen and surfers, and the main beach (north of the breakwater) is patrolled by lifesavers in the holiday seasons and on weekends. The favourite spot for serious boardriders is the swell that sweeps around Goanna Headland, a mythical site of great importance to the Bundjalung Aboriginals who have occupied the area for thousands of years.
There are also shallow, sandy beaches along the Evans River estuary, which are safe for children and have plenty of shade for parents keeping an eye on them. The Broadwater and Bundjalung National Parks are nearby and offer interesting walks through littoral rainforest, heathland vegetation, unspoiled beaches and the opportunity to explore some Aboriginal culture.
Prawns were the fishing fleet’s catch of the day for many years, with the port being the first in the state to catch them in commercial quantities, and there are still good catches of school and king prawns brought in. Tuna fishing is now also an important part of the local fishing industry.
- Population – 2613
- Transport Services -Bus, Light Aircraft
- Council – Richmond Valley Shire
- Community Markets – 4th Saturday of the month
- Seafood Bowls Carnival – August
- Evans Head Flower Show – September
- Evans Head Longboard Invitational – September