Centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River, Ballina is the social and commercial hub of the region, loved for its relaxed seaside location and mixture of both river and surf beaches. Our region is one characterised by great bio-diversity, with a laid back lifestyle and friendly, diverse communities.
Ballina Beach Village is just a 10 minute ferry ride from the town centre – which is brimming with boutique retail shops and quirky cafes.
A popular holiday destination with plenty of waterside attractions, including beautiful beaches, delightful river cruises and exhilarating kayaking tours. Watch the fishing boats head for sea at sunset and taste the catch of the day at the town’s restaurants and cafes.
Ballina is a playground for beach lovers, surfers, boaties, anglers and eco-adventurers. There are lots of walks and wildlife tours, scenic hinterland and cultural tours in the Ballina and Byron Bay areas. Connect with the natural environment and explore local life – all guides are qualified Park Rangers and provide unique insights into local natural and human history.
Sunrise horse riding is a beautiful way to start the day! You can have this experience right out the front of our holiday park through Tassiriki Ranch.
The Ballina region is rich in arts culture, brimming with studio galleries and exhibitions and design markets. Have you visited the Big Prawn? Ballina’s Big Prawn is another of Australia’s iconic big things.
Discover the original home of the pioneering tea tree company, Thursday Plantation! The perfect stop for kids and adults alike, the education centre features an interactive display centre showcasing the tea tree production process, video theatre, tranquil Verandah Cafe overlooking rainforest botanical gardens, and the intriguing Spirit of Australia Tea Tree Maze.
Ballina is known for it’s fishing – there are lots of little nooks filled to the brim with fish! Or perhaps you would like to try surfing lessons or paddle boarding, there are plenty of companies that offer great services around the Ballina region.
You can also enjoy ocean cruises, whale watching, mountain biking, kayaking and golf courses. There is plenty to do and see together as a group, family or in a couple!