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Evans Head
New South Wales
Population 2,722 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2473
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
LGA(s) Richmond Valley Council
County Richmond
State electorate(s) Clarence
Federal Division(s) Page

Evans Head is a town in Richmond Valley Shire of the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. At the 2011 census, Evans Head had a population of 2,722 people. It is 726 kilometres north of Sydney, and 11 kilometres east off the Pacific Highway from Woodburn.


Evans Head is named after a marine surveyor, Lt Evans, RN who carried out the first marine survey of the coastline in the area.


It is a coastal town and a holiday resort, playing host to one of the largest holiday parks in NSW. It is sandwiched between two national parks, the Bundjalung National Park and the Broadwater National Park. There is a wide curved beach that is popular for fishing, surfing and swimming. The 1874 wreck of a timber schooner, Pilot, is visible on the beach north of the town in times of high erosion. Evans Head also plays host to one of the few retired F-111 aircraft in Australia. In addition the museum has a host of authentic aircraft on display.

There is a prawn fishing fleet permanently moored in the estuary. Other industries include tourism and there is some sugar cane growing further inland.


Evans Head flight line 1941
Fairey Battle aircraft, 1941

The town's airport, the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome, formerly a RAAF base. The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome is heritage listed and will always be known by that name.

Northern Rivers Buslines operates two route from Lismore: 690 and 695, where the 695 also continues to Grafton from Evans Head

Ballina Buslines operates one route to Ballina via Woodburn: 660

NSW Trainlink operates a daily coach between Grafton and Byron Bay via Evans Head.

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