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Beautiful Ballina
Glorious white surf beaches and a lush subtropical hinterland make
Ballina Coast and Hinterland an ideal holiday resort.

Pack a picnic hamper and head for one of
the many beautiful parks and gardens.

Stop at any of the roadside stalls for
your fresh bounty of the legendary
coffee, avocados and macadamias.

Feel the freedom of 4WD driving along
the beach from Seven Mile to the Byron
Shire boundary.

Stroll for hours along white
sandy beaches.

Experience the magnifi cent sight of
the fi shing trawlers at dusk or dawn as
they negotiate the Ballina bar.

Spot koalas along Wardell Road’s
koala corridor.

top l – r: Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head,
Colin Cooksey; Ballina Beach; Fishing at
the mouth of Richmond River; Kayaking on
Richmond River
bottom right: Lighthouse Beach, Ballina


Laid-back Ballina, set in beautiful surrounds
at the mouth of the mighty Richmond River,
has a wonderful new riverside precinct offering
waterside dining and entertainment, charming
accommodation and beautiful walking paths
and cycleways. Take a river cruise or a scenic
drive to explore the delights of the river and
the hinterland. Or relax on one of the area’s
magnifi cent beaches, such as the legendary
surfi ng beach at Lennox Head.

An island

Located on an island at the entrance of the
Richmond River, Ballina combines the casual
vibe of a coastal retreat with a touch of city
style. With direct fl ights from Sydney and
Melbourne, landing at Ballina Byron Gateway
Airport, getting there is easy. Fossick through
the shops and markets on River and Kerr
streets, where you’ll fi nd antiques and curios as
well as handicrafts by local artisans. Dine out
on delicious local seafood – on warm nights
you can eat alfresco on either Fawcett Street or
River Street. With everything from luxury motels
and resorts to secluded camping grounds and
caravan parks; cosy B&Bs to self-contained
apartments and houses, you’ll fi nd accommodation
to suit almost any taste or budget.

Maritime heritage

Learn about the area’s rich maritime heritage
at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum
in Ballina or at the centrally located Pioneer
Memorial Park, which honours the sailors who
have perished at sea off the coastline.

Two other historic landmarks offer some of the
area’s best views. On the northern headland,
the Richmond River Lighthouse is an ideal spot
for observing dolphins and migratory birds. The
Coast Guard Tower at Lighthouse Beach has
magnifi cent views of the coast and the river,
and from May to August you can see migrating
humpback whales.

At the seaside

A network of cycleways and walking tracks
makes it easy to explore the scenic coastline
and riverbanks either by bike or on foot. Keen
anglers will want to settle on Ballina’s North
or South Wall and enjoy a fi shing spot with a
spectacular view, or try their luck at the locals’
favourite spots – Flat Rock and Angels Beach.

Exploring the area

The area’s hinterland offers many exciting
options for day-trippers. Take a cruise up the
Richmond River and admire the scenery of
the river valley, or take a kayak tour from
Ballina and discover the aquatic life of the
estuarine wetlands. For something different,
visit Thursday Plantation, Australia’s fi rst
commercial tea-tree plantation, just outside
Ballina. Take a rainforest walk, get lost in the
tea-tree maze or just breathe in the trees’
healing aromas. Visit Summerland House with
No Steps at Alstonville, and the Macadamia
Castle at Knockrow.

Coastal drives

A relaxing way to explore the surrounding
area is by car. Cruise along Coastal Drive 30,
a circuit that winds its way from Ballina’s town


centre along the river to the ocean, then up the
coast to Lennox Head before venturing inland
through plantations of macadamia and stone
fruit, coffee and sugarcane. Complete the loop
in a couple of hours or make a day of it.

Lennox Head

Just 12 km north of Ballina is Lennox Head,
one of the top 10 surf spots in the world.
Discover Seven Mile Beach or explore Lake
Ainsworth on the village outskirts, where
you’ll fi nd creeks stained deep red by tea-trees.
Have a swim, hop in a canoe or go for a sail. If
you are after some adrenalin-pumping action,
try windsurfi ng or hang-gliding – the aerial views
over the coastline are breathtaking.
At the other end of the energy scale, you can
browse the local monthly markets for farmfresh
local produce or enjoy whale or dolphin
watching. Go to Pat Morton Lookout on the
scenic Coast Road where you can often spot
dolphins swimming alongside the surfers.
At Cape Byron, enjoy spectacular views of
Australia’s easternmost point – where sunrise
can be a magical experience.

The scenic hinterland

Fifteen minutes from Ballina is the historic
town of Alstonville, with its heritage buildings,
antique shops, galleries and cafés.
From Alstonville you can discover the area’s
natural delights: plunge into the waterhole in
the hidden rainforest oasis at nearby Killen Falls,
or take the boardwalk loop through the Victoria
Park Nature Reserve on the Alstonville Plateau.

Ballina’s lush hinterland is dotted with pioneer
settlements like Teven, Tinterbar and Knockrow,
where you will fi nd wonderful parks and
gardens, cosy cafés, country pubs, plus galleries
and shops fi lled with exquisite local arts and
crafts. Stop by roadside stalls for local produce
such as the area’s legendary coffee, avocados,
lychees, guavas and macadamias.

For further information, contact the
Ballina Visitor Information Centre,
telephone: 1800 777 666 or (02) 6686 3484,
June: All Girls Surf Showdown,
Lennox Head. The girls rule the waves.

September – January: East Coast
Sculpture Show at Thursday Plantation,
near Ballina – outdoor sculpture show
set in botanical gardens and rainforest.

November: Rivafest, Fawcett Park,
Ballina – the year’s biggest party, jet and
dragon boats and signature local cuisine.

December 26: Boxing Day Races,
Ballina Racecourse. Back a winner at
this festive season racing carnival.

The town of Ballina, centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River, is surrounded by 32 kilometres of white, sandy beaches and seemingly endless, crystal waterways - it's a natural fun park for beach lovers, surfers, boaties, anglers and eco-adventurers. A blend of tranquil seaside hideaway and vibrant holiday resort,

Ballina is the commercial and entertainment hub of the shire. The historic thoroughfares of the town centre are lined with stylish cafes and restaurants where you can sample the famous local seafood and, of course, there are plenty of classic country pubs.

You can visit museums that showcase Ballina 's colourful history, or discover theatres, galleries and expos that are bursting with the creative output of the region's many visual and performing artists. There is an enormous choice holiday fun for the kids and, for the die-hard shopaholic, a mind-boggling array of funky boutiques and designer stores.

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