Evans Head was top of the class, being the only North Coast beach area to score a 100% rating for having a good or very good rating on all its beaches.

Main Beach and Shark Bay were graded as Very Good. Microbial water quality was suitable for swimming almost all of the time, with few significant sources of faecal contamination.

Airforce Beach was graded as Good. Water quality at this site was also of a high standard and suitable for swimming for most of the time.

Evans River was graded as Good. This site had very good water quality during dry weather conditions, but swimming should be avoided during and following rainfall or when there are signs of stormwater pollution such as discoloured water or floating debris.

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