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Evans Head – the Jewel in the Crown

Known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Richmond Valley, Evans Head boasts long unspoilt beaches, sandy river flats, fantastic fishing and a highly recommended surf break. 



Evans Head is located 6 metres above sea-level at the mouth of the Evans River. It is 727 km north-east of Sydney between Iluka and Ballina; 11 km south-east of Woodburn and just minutes from the Pacific Highway.  Being only two hours north of Coffs Harbour, two hours south of Brisbane and an hours drive south from Byron Bay, Evans Head is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the Northern Rivers region. 



Average temperatures range from 27.8° in summer and 20.3°in winter with and average rainfall of 156.5mm per month in summer and 127.9mm per month in winter.



3000 locals, however this figure increases significantly during the holiday season.



One of the coast’s best kept secrets, the laidback fishing and holiday village of Evans Head offers a myriad of experiences, making it an attractive holiday destination. Despite being a small town, Evans Head offers a variety of options for eating out, activities for children and adults and a range of accommodation catering for all tastes.


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Evans Head is surrounded by Bundjalung and Broadwater National Parks. The town itself has some broad surf beaches and sandy river flats which encourage a range of water sports including windsurfing, fishing, and boating.

The town boasts its own airport so for those fortunate enough to own or charter a private aircraft, what are you waiting for – just fly on in!


Contact the Evans Head Visitor Information centre on 02 6682 6000 For more information contact Evans Head Visitor Information Centre.


Goanna Headland Evans Head 


Evans Head Fishing at Sunset

Broadwater – Life is Sweet


Broadwater is a quiet oasis where visitors can stop and rest by the Richmond River, browse in the antiques shops or continue on into the Broadwater National Park, which is home to a variety of birdlife and unique wilderness. Broadwater also has top boating and skiing facilities. 



Situated on the Pacific Highway just north of Evans Head and 15 minutes drive south from Ballina, Broadwater is adjacent to the Broadwater National Park and is central to several coastal beaches and the beautiful hinterland.



A small settlement on the Richmond River, Broadwater’s history has largely revolved around the sugar mill that dominates the skyline. Visitors can discover how sugar is produced from the growing of the cane to the refining of the sugar.

Broadwater Coast