Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head is just an hour from Byron Bay and provides an ideal holiday location for people looking for a quieter town. Evans Head is located in the Northern Rivers region of NSW and is a small coastal town with a population of around 3000 residents. Reflections Evans Head is ideally located directly behind the surf beach and river. We stayed in the accessible cabin and enjoyed the ease of taking an accessible walk along the river front or visiting the beach.
The accessible cabin has a ramp which wraps around the back of the cabin linking the car parking space at the front of the property to the verandah and internal access.
The ramp is even wide enough to accommodate BJ’s beach wheelchair.
This compact 2 bedroom cabin has a good range of amenities and great options for indoor entertainment for rainy days including, TV, DVD player and Austar (the local version of Foxtel). The kitchen has a lowered microwave, dishwasher and fridge. The sink has a lever tap and most of the plates, cups and utensils are at a lowered height for easy access. The air conditioning provided cool relief from the afternoon’s westerly sun and managed to cool the entire cabin
The couch seats 3 people which we found a little challenging when it came to all watching a movie in the evening but the cabin does have two TVs so there’s the option of catering to different tastes with some family members watching in the bedroom.
The main bedroom has clear access and good circulation space on one side of the bed for transferring from a wheelchair.
The main bedroom has the second TV.
The accessible bathroom has great access with a flip-down shower bench seat, height adjustable hand-held shower head and lever taps.
Grab rails are fitted throughout and the bathroom sink has wheelchair access underneath. The sink has a small bench attached which is perfect for a toiletries bag.
The second bedroom is extremely compact so although it has a sliding door it isn’t suitable for someone dependent on their wheelchair. We appreciated the storage beside the bunk beds for all our bits and pieces we’d accumulated during our travels.
We were only staying in Evans Head for two nights so we took advantage of the local take-away stores rather than cooking ourselves. Given longer in the cabin I can imagine we’d have made good use of the large verandah, barbecue and outdoor dining setting.
Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head is a large holiday park with plenty of campsites for those who prefer camping.
The camp kitchen has ramp access and is spacious with good circulation for wheelchair users. Facilities in the kitchen include microwave, fridge, kettle, barbecues and a vending machine with various snacks and treats.
The bench seating in the camp kitchen has room at the end of each bench for a wheelchair user to roll under.
Laundry facilities are located a short distance away from the accessible cabin. Ramp access is provided, though there is a small lip into the doorway.
Once inside, the facilities are spacious.
As I mentioned earlier, the beach and river are just a short walk or wheel away. A gate, requiring an access code, gives guests of Reflections Evans Head direct access to the car park at the back of the beach.
The lifesaving club has a beach wheelchair available to visitors to the area to borrow for free during patrol hours.
We walked with BJ’s beach wheelchair from our cabin to the beach and access throughout was really good. A path leads from the lifesaving club to the beach.
There’s a lovely stretch of beach to explore, a break wall and river walk. As usual, we did all of these and found it really easy going with lovely level pathways.
The water dragons along the walk seemed particularly curious of BJ’s beach wheelchair but the highlight for us was spotting a dolphin and her calf close up in the river.
Arriving into town late in the afternoon we were happy to find we could stock up with supplies at the local IGA supermarket which was only a couple of streets away. There’s also a Spar supermarket and several take-away stores.
Byron Bay, Ballina and other coastal towns are all within an easy day trip from Evans Head.
We particularly enjoyed our trip to Aranyani Bison Adventure Tourist Park. BJ loved the Argo tour and AJ enjoyed the interaction with Tehya the bison.
We enjoyed exploring Evans Head and stayed as guests of Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head. You can read more about the holiday park and the accessible cabin on the Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head website.