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mangroves global paddler

mangroves global paddler

 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

Shaws Bay

Shaws Bay

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.

Newrybar

Newrybar

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.

Rainbow Bee Eaters and Banksia

Rainbow Bee Eaters and Banksia

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.

Out of the Blue Adventures

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.

Northern Rivers Rail Trail

Northern Rivers Rail Trail

The Tweed section of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is complete and the region is buzzing about it!

Image: @visitmurwillumbah

Northern Rivers Pubs

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!

Northern Rivers Pubs

Avilla Farm

Avilla Farm

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.

Lake Ainsworth

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.

Lake Ainsworth

Minyon Falls

Minyon Falls

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 Prawn

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? 

Big Prawn  

A day in Alstonville

                                                             

Source: Trevor Worden Photography

If you're looking for a day trip that will keep everyone happy, Alstonville is the place for you.

Photo: @thetimbojoans- Pademelon

Photo: @thetimbojoans- Pademelon

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.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls

dog walking shelly beach

dog walking shelly beach

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.

Beach Wedding

Beach Wedding

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. 

Sunday in Lennox

Sunday in Lennox   

Photo: Instagram @imagesfromupthere  

   

 image: Ryan Wells Instagram @r_welz

Insta worthy experiences in the Northern Rivers

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! 

Op shopping in Ballina

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. 

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. 

Cooling off with 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. 

mobbs bay 2

mobbs bay 2From 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

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!

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. 

Local food producers around Ballina

Your guide to local food producers around Ballina

Old Quarter Coffee Merchants

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.

Old Quarter Coffee Merchants

Razorback Lookout Photo Credit kaylaellisphoto

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.

Fozies Fishing

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.

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