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Rivers, Bays & Lakes

Rivers, Bays & Lakes
There are plenty of sheltered, quiet and calm spots for families to relax and cool off around Ballina and Lennox Head.


Shaws Bay - Compton Drive, East Ballina
Tidal bay with sandy beaches, perfect for swimming laps, kayaking, snorkelling and stand up paddleboards. Access points from Compton Drive, Pop Dennison Park or Fenwick Drive

Lake Ainsworth - Pacific Parade, Lennox Head 
Fresh water tea tree stained lake. Ideal for swimming, kayaking and stand up paddleboards. BBQ facilities and shade.

The Serpentine - The Serpentine, East Ballina
Heading north over Missingham Bridge, this is the sandy beach fronting on to North Creek that is on the left side. Calm waters - this is a popular spot for families with younger children. Shower facility, no toilets.

Shaws Bay Beach - Brighton Street, East Ballina
Heading north over Missingham Bridge, this is the sandy beach on the right side. Smaller waves depending on the swell - great for learn to surf and snorkelling. Popular spot for all ages with lots of shade on the grassy hill. Toilet and shower facilities, picnic tables.

The Spit - Kingsford Smith Drive, Ballina
This is an off leash dog friendly beach on the Richmond River. The northern end has more waves and the southern end is flat and calm with large shallow sections, great for little ones.

Shelly Beach Rockpools - Shelly Beach Road, East Ballina
Man made pool, thigh deep making it great for younger children. Lots of smaller rockpools for children (and adults) to explore. Toilets and shower facilities.

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