Plan your Ballina Coast and Hinterland escape…
 
Sports Bar and Bistro

Dust off those Santa hats and join the crew at Westower Tavern for lunch this Christmas. If you promise to bring the Christmas cheer, they'll promise you a delicious set menu fare.

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! 

Crystal Castle

You will find the Crystal Castle in the Byron Hinterland, about a 30 minute drive from Byron Bay along the beautiful Coolamon Scenic Drive. Just follow the signs to the castle that can be found just along Monet Drive.

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. 

A day at marvellous Macca Castle

The animal park that is full of surprises!

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. 

Best fishing spots in Ballina

The Richmond River from Burns Point Ferry to the tips of the sea walls, including North Creek and Emigrant Creek, comprise around 12 square kilometres of recreational fishing. 

Two days on the Ballina & Lennox coast

Spend two days on the water exploring the Ballina & Lennox Coast

Exploring South Ballina

Drive the stretch of beach from South Ballina to Evans Head. Stick to the hard sand to protect turtle and bird nests in the dunes.

Scoop on Lennox Head

If you are looking for a spot to truly relax - a beautiful and laidback place to slow down, be nurtured and embrace the simple things - it is hard to go past Lennox Head. 

Newrybar Downs

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. 

Spoil your mum

Do you go out of our way to show mum you care on Mothers Day? or on her birthday? Why not spoil her from time to time and say thank you with a unique experience. 

Food festivals in Ballina, Byron and across the Northern Rivers

There are several foodie festivals that celebrate the regions plentiful offerings. Here we reveal what not to miss! 

Local food producers around Ballina

Your guide to local food producers around Ballina

Five new eateries around Lennox

Five exciting new places to eat around Lennox

Fun and adventure for kids in the Northern Rivers

Kids can now learn about and discover the natural beauty of the Northern Rivers through a super fun and educational game app called
Habitat the Game.

Habitat adventure

If your kids love a great game, a new adventure and discovering new things, then the game App Habitat the Game could be a real game changer for your family.

Festivals in Ballina Shire

The Northern Rivers on the far north coast of New South Wales plays host to the king of Australian music festivals - the Byron Bluesfest, along with major music events like Splendour and Falls Fest...

Travelling from Ballina airport to Byron Bay

Travelling to Byron from the Ballina Airport
The Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport is just over an hours flight from Sydney and Newcastle, and two hours direct flight from Melbourne. Jetstar, Virgin, Regional Express and Pelican Air all fly into Ballina, making the Northern Rivers a very accessible holiday destination. 

Moonshine Coffee

Who does not 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 cuppa to boot.

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.

Camping Ballina Shire
Ballina Lighthouse. Photo Credit: Christopher Nott CN2480 Photography

Whether you are looking at pitching a tent, setting up the van or wanting the luxury of a deluxe cabin, Ballina Coast and Hinterland has camping, caravan and holiday parks in some of Australia's most spectacular locations that suit all visitor styles - family friendly, pet friendly, quiet, affordable or deluxe. 

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