Explore the Richmond River
Think you know Ballina? Not until you have experienced the pristine waters of the Richmond River around Ballina Island, exploring the mangrove forests, the richly diverse flora and fauna and the creeks that branch off it.
So much marine life to encounter such as dolphins, turtles, fish and birds.... The only thing you need to think about is boat or kayak? EXPLORE THE RICHMOND RIVER >>
Northern Rivers Market Guide
There is a craft market, a car-boot market or a farmers market somewhere in the Northern Rivers, every weekend. It is a great way to meet the locals, purchase local produce and hand crafted items, not to mention explore the region as all the markets are different and have something unique to offer.
Nightcap National Park
Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area are situated in far north-eastern New South Wales, around a 45 minute drive from Ballina.
Together they encompass about 10,500 hectares of the Nightcap Range. Spectacular features such as waterfalls play an important part in shaping the natural environment. There are a number of walking tracks within Nightcap National Park ranging from an easy 2 kilometres to a moderate-hard 7.5 kilometres.
Lake Ainsworth is situated at the northern end of Pacific Parade in Lennox Head. The lake is a fresh water lagoon that is permanently discoloured by tea tree tanins leaching from the trees that surround the lake and is very popular with locals and visitors.
Killen Falls Nature Reserve is home to one of the last standing remnants of the big scrub rainforest. The big scrub rainforest once blanketed the Northern Rivers before the cedar-getters cleared most of this forest and it is significant to the region.
Jingi Wahla Reconciliation Tunnel Murals
The mural was designed and painted in 2004 by Bundjalung artist Susan Anderson, Vivienne Simpson, Priscilla Sutor and Steven Sutor. Murals in the tunnel are a step back in time, a place of rich history into the sacred land and dreaming of this area. It tells of creation, the story of Three Brothers, Yarbirri, Mamoon and Burrung, who were the ancestral founders of the Bundjalung Nation. Angels Beach is of special significance to the traditional owners of Bullinah as a sacred site. A tragic massacre occurred there in the mid 19th century.
Flying High Over Ballina
Take a joy flight in a fixed wing aircraft or buzz around in a helicopter. Whether you like it wild or mild, you will get an unobstructed birds eye view of the fabulous coastline and the Northern Rivers hinterland. Flying over the coastline is a great way to spot whales (during the annual migration from May to November) and other marine life. We highly recommend a flight from July - October when the is the chance to spot the whales with their calves.
Eating Out in Ballina Shire
Ballina is renowned for its fabulous fresh seafood, you will find an abundance of eateries featuring the very best of the catch. If you feel like something a little different, we have everything ranging from modern Australian, Asian, Japanese, Indian and Italian to sensational little delis in the middle of town to tempt your tastebuds! Our ambient cafes are the perfect place to enjoy a late breakfast with sensational coffee, much of it sourced from the local area.
Ballina Shire Beaches
Ballina has 32km of golden sands, sheltered coves, spectacular surfing breaks and vast open beaches.... the coastline is simply stunning. Whether it's relaxing on the beach with a book, or enjoying a refreshing swim, exploring historical headlands or building a sandcastle with the kids the beaches of Ballina Shire have it all.
Experience the Richmond River, Ballina's creeks, lakes, pristine beaches and coastal headlands by bike, scooter or on foot. Ballina has over 14 kilometres of shared pathways perfect for cycling, jogging, skateboarding, rollerblading or walking.
Fun, healthy and cost effective activities for all ages, the Ballina Pathways Map is designed to assist visitors and locals to get out and about while enjoying the beautiful natural assets of Ballina.