Evans Head Things to Do

  • View of breakwater and beach
    View of breakwater and beach
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  • Rugged coastline @ Razorback look-out
    Rugged coastline @ Razorback look-out
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    FAIREY BATTLE PLANE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    The Fairy Battle Plane was located on the corner of one of the streets. On reading the signage, I found this was a replica, 1/3rd the size of the original Fairey Battle Plane.

    Evans Head airfield was used for bombing and gunnery practice, and had some 70 Fairey Battle aircraft, as well as Wirraway & Avro Lancaster aircraft from the Amberley RAAF base near Brisbane. In 1943, the training base was closed down. It is believed over 5500 crew had been trained at Evans Head as pilots, gunners, bombardiers, wireless operators and observers.
    Sadly, over 1000 were killed in action.

    Evan's Head does have an Aircraft museum which features military and civilian aircraft and artefacts collected from across Australia. The F- 111 Fighter Bomber recently found a home here.
    That is a modern plane, check it out against the civilian heritage aircraft!

    Volunteers who know all the information take tourist's for a tour of the Museum.

    OPEN 10am - 4pm Weekends.
    ADMISSION IN 2013 Adults $5 Family $15

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    THE FLYING FOX COLONY

    by balhannah Written Oct 26, 2013

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    Located in the Evans Head wetland area, there is a large Flying Fox [Bat] colony. During the day, all will be quiet as the Bats will be "hanging around" asleep. Night is when they come alive, and this is when you will hear their screeching and carrying ons!
    What ever you do, don't park under a tree where Bat's roost. Bat poo is damaging to paint work and hard to remove.
    If you ever find a dead Bat, DO NOT HANDLE IT, as Bats carry disease and are killers of human beings!

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    FISHING TRAWLERS

    by balhannah Written Oct 23, 2013

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    Prawn Trawler's at Evan's Head

    Evan's Head has a smallish fleet of Prawn Trawlers. Where they dock, is along Ocean Drive, so if you haven't seen a Trawler close up before, this is your chance to see one!

    Trawling in Evans Head began in 1947 and was very successful!
    Back in 1998, the industry was worth more than $370 million, with the prawning industry representing 13% of seafood caught, or 20% of the wild ocean harvest.

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    SCULPTURE NEAR THE BREAKWATER

    by balhannah Written Oct 22, 2013

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    On my walk along the bike/walking path in the Reserve alongside the River Evans, I came across the very interesting 360 degree sculpture in my photo.
    Unfortunately, I haven't had any success finding information.
    I could see that it commemorates nautical history from Captain Cook through to the current surf lifesavers. The coast in the vicinity of Evans Head was first mapped and described by Lieutenant James Cook, on the HMS Endeavour in May 1770.
    I could see other faces, two would definitely be of the Bundjalung Nation and Arakwal Aboriginal people. Sculptures behind the faces included sailing ships and sea mammals.
    It is a lovely piece of artwork, one that I really liked. It needs a little more information about it at the site.

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    THE ANCHOR

    by balhannah Written Oct 22, 2013

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    Razorback Lookout park

    Located in the Picnic area of Razorback lookout, is a big, old anchor. This old anchor became entangled in one of the Trawlers nets from Evans Head. It was towed back, untangled and put on display here in remembrance of the 89 vessels that sunk while trying to navigate the Ballina bar.

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    SHARK BAY

    by balhannah Written Oct 22, 2013

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    Shark Bay road leads into a nice Picnic area where there are shelter sheds under which are bbq's and seating. The road continues a little way past, to a parking area. From here, you can walk out onto and along the breakwater rock-wall, this is on the opposite side to our Caravan Park.
    I did notice a "danger," sign, so do read it before going anywhere. The River runs through the breakwater and there is a sandy beach on the other side. As for Sharks, I really don't know if they have seen them here!

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    RAZORBACK LOOK-OUT

    by balhannah Written Oct 22, 2013

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    From our Caravan Park we could see a high hill on the opposite side of the River. Crossing the River, we headed up the bitumen road and came across Razorback Lookout. We pulled into the car-park, then I went for a look.

    The day was terribly windy, so I decided to give climbing the Tower a miss! I still could see plenty from where I was, this included Evans Head and the Pacific Ocean, the surf beach, the Breakwater and unfortunately, I couldn't spot any Whales, and it was Whale season! The view is for miles and miles, on a clear day you can see Cape Byron lighthouse to the North. The other side of the lookout had a rocky headland with plenty of waves crashing against the rocks.

    There is a lawned area with picnic tables, free Toilets and Free bbq's. It would be a very pleasant spot for a bbq, but not on a very windy day like I struck!

    On a clear day the Cape Byron Lighthouse can be seen to the north.

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