refreshing and surprising
‘Ballina’ - believed to have been derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Bullinah’ meaning ‘place of plenty or big stomach, plenty to eat’ is centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River.
Ballina is the social and commercial hub of the Northern Rivers region, loved for its relaxed seaside location, endless waterways and pristine (uncrowded) river and surf beaches. A playground for beach lovers, surfers, boaties, anglers and eco-adventurers. In recent years, it has blossumed with a strong cafe culture, international dining and family friendly atmosphere.
The town is surrounded by natural beauty and is brimming with things to see and do... visit the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, enjoy a scenic cruise on the Richmond River; journey the teaming wetlands of North Creek by kayak or thrill to the annual migration of the humpback whales from any of the coastal headlands. The fishing at Flat Rock and Angels Beach is legendary and, if you wet your line at dawn from Ballina's North or South Walls, you're in for a breakfast feast!
Ballina's coastal recreational path extends along the Richmond Riverfront to the rivermouth, and along the beaches to Lennox Head. It offers many beautiful walks and cycling opportunities to explore the river and ocean foreshores and natural surrounds. The North Wall is perfect for dolphin and pelican watching and to see the spectacular sight of fishing trawlers cruising out for their evening catch. It's even more breathtaking with one of Ballina's glorious sunsets as a backdrop!
If you are looking for somewhere to stay that's central and want to experience the best of what there is to see and do, read our local guide for tips!