Richmond Valley & Kyogle


The table below outlines the facilities and permitted activities.

Beach Name

Airforce Beach Evans Head

Patrolled Surfing Toilet facilities Dogs permitted 4WD permitted

Broadwater Beach Broadwater

Toilet facilities Picnic area BBQ area

Chinaman’s Beach Evans Head

Surfing Toilet facilities Picnic area

Main Beach Evans Head

Patrolled Surfing Toilet facilities Picnic area BBQ area Kayaking

Shark Bay Evans Head

Toilet facilities Picnic area BBQ area

Ten Mile Beach/Black Rocks Evans Head

Toilet facilities Picnic area BBQ area

Beach safety tips

  • Always swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.
  • Do not swim or surf alone.
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags, they mark the safer area to swim.
  • Read and obey the beach signs.
  • If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifeguard or lifesaver.
  • If you get into trouble in the water, don’t panic. Raise your arm for help, float and wait for assistance.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Do not swim after meals or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Never run and dive into the water. Even if you have checked the depth before, water conditions can change.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Cover up, use sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses.
What to do if you are caught in a rip current

If you have a board, STAY WITH IT.

If you are a competent swimmer, paddle the board or swim at right angles to the direction of the rip, and head towards the breaking waves to help wash you back to the beach.

If you are an inexperienced swimmer, ride the rip out from the beach and then paddle the board, or swim, parallel to the shore towards the breaking waves.

Remember, don’t attempt to swim AGAINST the rip as even the strongest swimmers tire quickly.

If you do find yourself tiring, or you become frightened, attempt to stay calm, raise your arm and wait for assistance from a lifeguard. Lifeguards can patrol popular swimming beaches from October to April but check local beach signage or with the Visitor Information Centre as each destination varies.

Beach driving permit

Vehicles are not to be driven on beaches unless the vehicle carries a current beach driving permit sticker. It is an offence and you could receive an on-the spot fine.  Permits are available from most Visitor Information Centres across the north coast of NSW.