• Fisherman near South Ballina Ferry

Plan your Ballina Coast and Hinterland escapeā€¦
  • Fisherman near South Ballina Ferry

South Ballina has a rich Aboriginal and European history and is where Ballina began.

Take the picturesque journey on-board the Burns Point vehicle Ferry between Ballina and South Ballina via Burns Point Ferry Road (fees apply) to explore the serenity that South Ballina and the Richmond River Nature Reserve offers.

Stroll the South Ballina break wall and admire the view back over Ballina Island to the north.

Four wheel drive enthusiasts can access the 18km stretch of coastline and drive south towards Evans Head from South Ballina Beach Road or Patches Beach Road (no permit required contact Crown Lands Division for further information 1300 886 235).

Near the mouth of the Richmond River, Mobbs Bay is a deep indentation in the south bank, protected by the South Ballina break wall. This is a great spot for bird watching with the reserve containing mangrove, saltmarsh, coastal heath and paperbark swamp with littoral rainforest elements home to many species of birds including the pied oyster catcher. 

Fishing at South Ballina is another popular past time with two informal dirt boat ramps at Mobbs Bay providing access to the Richmond River. Please note commercial fishing within the reserve is banned.

River Drive, South Ballina is a popular route for cyclists, who enjoy escaping from more crowded routes and travelling onboard the Burns Point Ferry between Ballina, South Ballina and Wardell (fees apply) along the Richmond River and past the sugar cane.

As you can see, South Ballina offers many recreational opportunities (evening including kayaking). It is possible to stay in a campground or cabin and grab a bite to eat from the South Ballina Beach Kiosk. Well worth a visit for a true breath of fresh air!

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