A Paddler's Guide to Ballina
Ballina offers a variety of waterways and route options for both beginner and experienced paddlers. Here are some popular spots for paddling in and around Ballina. Image: Global Paddler
Top 10 Coastal Experiences between Ballina & Lennox Head
Discover what makes Ballina's coastline unique, from iconic landmarks to hidden gems! We've tapped into local insights, asking residents to share their favourite spots - so here is your guide to the top 10 coastal experiences along the coast.
Top 10 Experiences in the Ballina Byron Hinterland
Explore Ballina's charming hinterland, with unique natural landscapes and cultural gems. Delve into the top ten hinterland experiences as we unveil the region's best-kept secrets and beloved spots recommended by locals.
Ballina for Birdwatchers
Located on the beautiful Far North Coast of New South Wales, Ballina is a haven for bird watchers. With its coastal setting, estuaries, wetlands and sub - tropical rainforests, the region attracts a diverse range of bird species.
Experience the Ballina Coast Whale Season
The cooler season is when the beautiful humpback whales have well and truly begun their 10,000 kilometre return journey and are gracing our waters as they head North to the warm sub-tropical waters of Queensland. With the air temperature now much cooler than the ocean temperature, the mist from the plumes of these gentle giants can easily be spotted and often hangs in the air at heights of up to 5 metres on calm days. The plumes and acrobatic displays of the whales can be spotted on the daily now especially from heights such a Lennox Point.
Must Visit Pubs In The Northern Rivers
The Northern Rivers has a fantastic pub scene. From small country hotels, to beachside beer gardens, large federation style pubs and everything in between. We have created a list of some of the Northern Rivers' not-to-be-missed Hotels!
Discover local suppliers
The Northern Rivers NSW region is a mecca for quality producers and creative artisans. Local growers, makers, distillers, brewers and manufacturers breathe life into the region with renowned artistic flare and sustainable approaches. Discover the taste and spirit of the Northern Rivers with locally sourced produce and giftware.
Feel even better about your holiday!
Deciding what to do while on holidays can be overwhelming. Why not choose activities that give back to the community and environment! Here's a list to make it easier for you.
Top Northern Rivers National Park Walks
The Northern Rivers is home to many beautiful National Parks.
There's some pretty spectacular walks that are only a short drive from Ballina. Throw on your boots and get out there!
Big Things in the Northern Rivers
Nothing says an Aussie road trip like stops along the way for selfies with BIG THINGS.
Now, we all know Ballina has the Big Prawn - but what other 'big things' does the Northern Rivers have for that photo opportunity?
Experience the best of the Ballina and Byron Hinterland with Tourist Drive 28
It's no secret that Ballina and Byron Bay are known for stunning coastlines, clear waters and great surf. Visitors flock to the region every year to experience just that; but if you are visiting the area, a trip to the Hinterland cannot be missed.
Dog friendly guide
The Ballina Shire is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and of course, their four - legged friends. With it's beautiful beaches, plentiful parks and a welcoming community, Ballina offers a a huge range of dog - friendly activities to keep both you and your pup happy.
Planning a picture perfect beach wedding in the Northern Rivers NSW region
Lennox Head - Image: Seven Mile Weddings
Let's be honest, wedding planning can be a stressful ordeal. From picking a venue, to putting together the guest list and everything in between; the lead up to your big day can at times be overwhelming. If you are looking to simplify things, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland region is the perfect place to start.
Insta worthy experiences in the Northern Rivers NSW
Looking to getaway and try something different? We found some really cool experiences that will revive your insta feed at the same time revive your mind, body and spirit!
Shopping Op Shop Bargain Shopping
Ballina has affectionately earned the title as the Op Shop Capital so if you like to search for hidden treasures, second hand goods and bargains, then you will enjoy a great day out.
The Coast - Your Guide to our Beaches
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, I think most people know that Byron Bay has some pretty incredible beaches. But beaches is not beaches for everyone- it depends what you are looking for.
Cool off with the kids
There are no shortage of beaches and places to get wet and cool off along this popular stretch of coast (over 32 kilometres to be exact!!), but if you have the kids in tow, you want somewhere easy, calm and relaxing and possibly with a bit of shade.
Exploring South Ballina
From Ballina, take the Burns Point Ferry that operates 7 days a week from 5:30am until midnight. A one-way crossing starts from $7 and weekly or monthly passes are available.
Discover Newrybar – cafes and culture in the countryside
Newrybar is the jewel of the Ballina/Byron hinterland. The charm, character and beauty of this area will melt your heart and have you dreaming about your return. Here we reveal what not to miss!
Places to shop for unique fashion finds
The Northern Rivers is a melting pot of creativity so it stands to reason there are some very talented designers and fashion gurus living here and making a living.
Going to the Coffee Source
Who doesn't love a great coffee? In the Northern Rivers you can see where it is grown, how it is roasted as well as enjoy your favourite brew. Here we share with you a few places you can pop into to meet local growers and roasters and even get a great brew while you're there.
Discover Evans Head
This friendly seaside village is less than an hours drive south of Byron Bay, 30 mins from Ballina and is the perfect place to visit if you enjoy fishing, boating, simple pleasures and natural surrounds.
A Day on the Water with Fozies Fishing Adventures
Ballina is well known for its fishing industry, after all, we are home to the Big Prawn! While we have great seafood outlets nothing beats reeling in the big one yourself which is exactly what you will do when you spend the day with Rob on Fozies Fishing Adventures.