Evans Head is a long-established fishing village, surrounded by around 6km of gorgeous surfing beaches and surrounded by national parks.
Popular with those who love water sports and outdoor activities, Evans Head offers a variety of holiday rentals, available for both short term and longer stays.
Long before European settlers established the town of Evans Head, this area around was one of great cultural significance and importance to the indigenous Bundjalung people. The long river estuary upon which Evans Head was built provided the region with an abundance of fish and has continued to be the source of the town?s success. Evans Head, in fact, was Australia?s first professional prawning port and commercial fishing remains a mainstay of the town?s economy.
The beaches around Evans Head make it ideal for a family holiday ? the sandy beach of the estuary are perfect for safe swimming and paddling for kids at low tide. Those keen to catch the waves will find excellent surfing facilities in the swell around the Goanna Headland. Check out holiday accommodation that offers an ocean view or is within walking distance of the beach so you can make the most of every minute by the sea.
Fishing is a very popular pastime, thanks to the rich waters of the estuary and in the ocean. Charters will take you out for deep-sea fishing or you can try your luck from the beach. The town also hosts the annual Evans Head Fishing Classic in late June or July.
And even if you don?t want to go out and catch your dinner and throw it on the barbie back at your holiday rental in Evans Head, enjoy locally caught fish and chips from the town?s takeaways ? no visit to the seaside is complete without tucking into that traditional dish!
If you like an active holiday, Evans Head is idyllic ? as well as swimming, surfing and water sports, you can enjoy a challenging round of golf, go boating or try your hand at bowls and tennis. The town?s popularity means it can provide a range of holiday rentals that suit every budget.
But it is the spectacular scenery of the coastline and national parks that will make any visitor swoon. There are two national parks around Evans Head. Broadwater National Park boasts some of the most amazing plant life native to Australia, its wetlands and heath overflowing with wildflowers, birds and other native species. Take the walking track around the spectacular Salty Lagoon to get a real flavour of this gorgeous place.
Bundjalung National Park, covering some 17,000ha, includes 38km of beaches and is home to 205 bird, 30 mammal, 38 reptile and 13 amphibian species. It has heaths, lagoons, wetlands, coastal plains and cypress stands to explore and is a visual treat.
An hour?s drive north from Evans Head is the vibrant town of Byron?s Bay, one of Australia?s most famous surf and cultural destinations. Even if you don?t fancy the day trip there, climb to Razorback Lookout where, on a clear day, you can spot the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Regular markets, including the Riverside Market, sell local produce and locally made arts and crafts ? head for the Paperback Gallery Working Studios and Showroom to see some remarkable furniture making and restoration, graphic design and calligraphic arts.
The Northern Rivers region in which Evans Head is situated spans the states of New South Wales and Queensland and the area enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Evans Head has average daily temperatures of 28?C while winter is particularly pleasant, daily temperatures averaging 20?C. The advice for visitors unused to the searing heat of Australia is to slap on the sunscreen regularly ? make sure you keep a good supply at your holiday villa or house so you can top up when needed.
Travellers from the UK heading to Evans Head are likely to fly into Brisbane International Airport ? direct flights are available from London?s Heathrow Airport. Brisbane is around three hours? drive from Evans Head and arranging car rental that will allow you to reach your holiday accommodation quickly is the ideal way to get there. You can also get a connecting flight to nearby Ballina and pick up a local connection from there.