Ballina is a bustling coastal town located on the northern shore of the Richmond river and boasts multiple stunning beaches, great surf spots and plenty of waterside attractions including river cruises and kayaking tours.
Perfect for SUPing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Enjoy the calm waters and take in the stunning views whilst you paddle up stream, or if you prefer to stay on land, enjoy the historic waterfront walking trail and learn about the significance of local art pieces, stop in at the museums along the way and grab a coffee at one of Ballina's stunning waterfront cafes.
A perfect spot to soak up the peaceful serenity – with secluded beaches and stunning views over Ballina Island. Jump on the Burns Point vehicle ferry and spend the day relaxing on the beach, take a 4WD on the 25 kilometres of unspoilt beach, fish from a number of great locations, or surf the multiple uncrowded beach breaks.
The Big Prawn
Another of Australia’s iconic big things! Ballina is well known for its superior quality locally produced and home grown seafood. Come and view the giant crustacean, coming in at 9 metres in height and weighing 35 tonne before grabbing your own fresh catch from one of the seafood stores over the road.
Areas to Explore
This small coastal village of Lennox Head located 10 minutes north of Ballina boasts a relaxing and welcoming vibe. Enjoy the stunning tea tree Lake Ainsworth - perfect for a soothing swim or SUP, family picnic or BBQ. Visit Pat Morton Lookout for picturesque views over the ocean – perfect for whale watching or for watching the surfers at the famous right hand point break. Explore the mix of boutique cafes and eateries, from laid back dining with a splash of flare at Shorty’s, to a more formal dining setting at Beef + Beach restaurant with breathtaking views over Lennox Beach.
This exquisite and vibrant village is nestled in the hinterland, north-west of Lennox head. Full of style and personality this tucked away paradise is perfect for a day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of Byron crowds. Float around the boutique stores which showcase the regions creative local artisans and curators before joining the award-winning eatery, Harvest Café and Restaurant for a long, relaxing and indulgent lunch. Visit the neighbouring deli and produce store for fresh wood-fired sourdough, delicious pastries and an assortment of take home artisan products.
Located 15 kilometres inland from Ballina, Alstonville boasts historic charm and flair. Spend the day discovering the historic buildings, antique shops and art galleries before immersing yourself in the surrounding sub-tropic gardens and parks, including Victoria Park Nature Reserve, a remnant of the Big Scub, which was once the vast rainforest that covered the region.