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Ballina Shire Beaches

Ballina Shire Beaches
Ballina has 32km of golden sands, sheltered coves, spectacular surfing breaks and vast open beaches.... the coastline is simply stunning.

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PATROLLED BEACHES (Beaches are patrolled between September and April NSW School Holidays. For more information go to www.beachsafe.org.au)

  • Lighthouse Beach, Lighthouse Parade, Ballina
  • Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach Parade
  • Sharpes Beach, The Coast Road, Skennars Head
  • Seven Mile Beach, Pacific Parade, Lennox Head
  • South Ballina Beach, South Ballina Beach Road, South Ballina

UNPATROLLED BEACHES

  • Angels Beach, Angels Beach Road, East Ballina
  • Flat Rock Beach, Flat Rock Road, East Ballina
  • Boulder Beach, The Coast Road, Skennars Head
  • South Ballina Beach, South Ballina Beach Road, South Ballina

IPHONE BEACH SAFETY APP

Beachgoers are urged to download the new, free MyBeach info app providing ready access to beach conditions in Ballina Shire at their fingertips. How it works is: a map of the coastline displays icons of beach openings, closures and cautions.

DOGS ON BALLINA SHIRE BEACHES

Dogs are permitted on the following beaches:

  • Sharpes Beachleash required
  • Angels Beachleash required
  • Seven Mile BeachNorth of Lake Ainsworth (old 4WD access) off leash, effective control
  • The Sand Spit Richmond River - off leash effective control
  • Patchs Beachoff leash, effective control - 500m North and 500m South of access point

Dogs are prohibited on all other beaches in the Ballina Shire

OFF LEASH DOG EXERCISE AREAS

Council has other areas where dogs can be exercised off leash

  • Bicentennial Gardens - Northern end of the reserve, Ballina
  • Ballina Heights Estate - Eastern reserve area, Ballina Heights
  • Headlands Drive Drainage Reserve, Skennars Head
  • Compton Drive, East Ballina
  • Gap Road, Alstonville

HORSE RIDING ON BALLINA BEACHES

Horses are only permitted on Seven Mile Beach, Lennox Head north of Lake Ainsworth with access from the rear of the lake. Please read the code of conduct:

1. Exercise caution at all time near other beach users

2. Only enter and exit at designated access tracks

3. Do not enter any other walking track or dune

4. Only walk your horse on the beach

5. Do not tether to any native vegetation

VEHICLES ON BEACHES

Seven Mile Beach - Vehicles with 4WD permits are permitted on Seven Mile Beach, Lennox Head north of Lake Ainsworth with access from the western side of the Lake on Camp Drewe Road. Permits are available from the automatic kiosk that is located opposite the Lennox Head Surf Club approaching Camp Drewe Road. Payment by Visa, Mastercard or debit card. The fees are: 

  • $105 annual permit
  • $63 six month permit
  • $42 thirty day permit
  • $14 one day permit

All vehicles must adhere to the Guidelines for 4WD Vehicles on Seven Mile Beach. Brochures can be collected from the Ballina Visitor Information Centre or from the Ballina Shire Council website www.ballina.nsw.gov.au

South Ballina Beach - Vehicles are permitted on South Ballina Beach (south only from the access point on South Ballina Beach Road). No permit is required but need to be aware of the Pied Oyster Catcher breeding program and adhere to the Lands Department Code of Conduct. For further details contact Crown Lands Division on 1300 886 235.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The following Code of Conduct outlines the conditions of use of 4WD's on Ballina Shire Beaches. It provides guidelines to public safety and the protection of local flora and fauna and must be adhered to at all times.

1. Only enter and exit the beach at designated 4WD beach access tracks

2. Do not drive on any other dune area or track

3. Do not drive within 10km of any part of the vegetated dune

4. Drive only on firm sand below high tide

5. Do not exceed a speed limit of 30kph on beach, or 15kph within 50m of any other beach user.

6. All drivers must hold a current drivers licence

7. All NSW road rules apply

Vehicles are prohibited on all other beaches in the Ballina Shire

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