Around-Oz: Living the Dream!

Chinamans Beach - North Coast - N.S.W.
Wonderful Quiet Surroundings Too!

This spot really is something, as it is managed by a trust, yet it is as good as any National Park facility. To find it just go to Evans Head on the north coast of NSW, drive towards south Evans Head and over the bridge and watch for Tourist Route 26 just past the Fisherman's Co-op. It's about 5 kms in on a really good bitumen road. The area is known as Dirawong Reserve.


Lots of easy all on bitumen parking, even if you are towing an A-frame as there are two long bays in front of the main car park. Some of the picnic tables are undercover. Composting toilets, but no drinking water at all - there is a bore water tank though.


We were really taken with the fantastic bush table shown in the picture above. Firewood is supplied and there are plenty of above ground on a pipe BBQ's. Sadly in common with most of Evans Head, no dogs are allowed. There is a good lookout at the end of the main parking area.


However the reral charm of this place is the magnificent beach - it stretches for miles all the way down to Iluka. This is accessed by a well made, environmentally friendly path. The pictures above give you a good feel for this. The beach is very popular with locals particularly in the morning. Camping is not allowed which is a shame as there is just no beachside bush camping in this area at all and it gets worse as you head north.

Absolutely recommended.

Chrissy Eustace

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