The Ideal Beachside Gateway

Ballina is a beautiful place to visit all year round. Situated around 30 mins south of Byron and an hour and a half south of the Gold Coast, Ballina is known for its stunning beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Make the most out of your trip to Ballina by experiencing our recommendations.


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In Ballina, there is something for everyone. There are endless opportunities to swim, surf, hike, kayak, cycle, along with plenty of sporting fields or golf courses.

If you enjoy fishing, the Ballina coastline and Richmond River are wonderful places to throw out a line. Lighthouse Beach (the closest to Ballina Beach Resort) is also perfect for long beach walks, as well as watching the sunrise.

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Whale Watching

From mid-June until October, the waters off the coast of Ballina are full of migrating humpback whales that are a must-see for any nature lovers. There are multiple companies that take you up close and personal with these majestic beasts (including Out of the Blue Adventures and Fozie’s Fishing Adventures) but you may also be able to get a peak of them from the Ballina North Wall, or Ballina Lighthouse Hill car park.


A Family Day Out

Ballina has a small-town charm, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a wide range of activities available for children of all ages. Located on the outskirts of town, head to Ballina Ten Pin for a game of ten pin bowling, miniature golf, or to play the numerous arcade games. Afterwards, catch a movie at Ballina Fair Cinemas and then head to the Ballina RSL for dinner where the kids can hang out at the Kids Cove.


Hot Air Ballooning

See the northern rivers from a completely different perspective with a trip high into the sky. Located not too far from Ballina in the Byron Bay region, a hot air balloon trip will be a memory you’ll never forget as you rise over the sunrise. The area has some of the best weather for this activity in the country, so if you’ve ever thought about doing it, contact Byron Bay Ballooning for more details.


Sunset River Cruise

This unique cruise from Out of the Blue Adventures combines relaxation and excitement. Take to the tranquil waters of the Richmond River around Ballina Island where you will explore the mangrove forests, the richly diverse flora and fauna and the creeks that branch off it.


A Day at the Beach

Start your morning with a sunrise at the picturesque Lennox Point in nearby Lennox Head before conquering the waves with Ballina Surf School. After lunch, enjoy the white sands of Lighthouse Beach where you’re only a short walk back to the resort if you feel like an afternoon nap.


For the Foodie

Spend a day enjoying the best food that Ballina and its surrounding towns has to offer. Start your day at The Gallery Café where you can grab a delicious breakfast served in a laid-back space with outdoor seating and garden views. For lunch, you can’t beat some fish n chips from Dorys Takeaway, and for dinner check out the Mumbai Masala restaurant on Martin Street to mesmerise your taste buds with progressive Indian cuisine.

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Ballina Fair Shopping Centre

The hub for most of the major stores in the area, Ballina Fair is the place to go if you need to pick up any essential items for your trip. Featuring a Woolworths, Tk Maxx, Best & Less along with dozens of smaller retailers, you won’t leave Ballina Fair empty handed.

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Ballina Farmers Market

Proudly the oldest farmers market on the far north coast, the Ballina Farmers Market is open Sunday mornings from 7:00am until 11:00am. If you’re after some artisanal gifts or fresh produce you can't beat a trip to the market.


Op Shopping

Ballina has been called by some as the Op Shop capital, so if searching for hidden treasures, second hand goods and plenty of bargains is your thing, checking out the Op Shops in town is a great way to spend a morning.

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Wallace & Co

Specialising in premium men's clothing, Wallace & Co is the place to be if you’re looking for formalwear, quality shirts and shoes. A local institution since 1895, drop in and see if their threads suit your style.

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Truckstop Sk8

If you or your kids are feeling the need to get a little extreme Truckstop Sk8 is must-see. This locally opened skate shop stocks a wide range of apparel, skate gear, and their staff also offer lessons, holiday activities and special events.

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Sublime & Co

A part of Ballina’s shopping options for 14 years, Sublime & Co is the place for all things linen and cotton when it comes to women's clothing. Stocking Australian designed and ethically sourced products is a passion for the store, and garments are made of quality and natural materials that are always mindful of our community and planet.


The Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum

Love boats? If so, the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum is an attraction that you don’t want to miss. Located on the banks of the Richmond River, the museum features an unparalleled model collection of ships, galleons, yachts, warships and merchant ships, along with thousands of exhibits and memorabilia from around the world.

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Ballina Memorial Pool and Waterslides

If you want to take a break from the pool, consider checking out the Ballina Memorial Pool and Waterslides. Open all year round, the facility contains multiple pools as well as a splash park, impressive waterslides, undercover seating areas and BBQ facilities.


Northern Rivers Community Gallery

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is significant regional cultural hub will leave any art fan satisfied. The gallery features four exhibition spaces and presents a range of professional, multi-arts and cultural programs from local and national artists. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday and if you’re hungry afterwards, the Gallery Café is located right next door.

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

An iconic tourist attraction, the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a quaint theme park that is a great family friendly location. Featuring attractions such as miniature golf, an animal sanctuary, and a café offering delicious breakfast and lunch options, the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is well worth checking out.


Australian Seabird Rescue

The Australian Seabird Rescue is a treasured resource that not only saves injured wildlife, but they also offer group tours of their Ballina facility which are informative and entertaining. You can see the injured wildlife being nursed back to health, see how they catch injured birds, and best of all, the tour cost goes directly back to helping them care for the animals.

Paintball Skirmish Ballina Byron:

If you’re in the mood for some adventuring the rush of playing paintball is hard to beat. Located only 19 minutes from Ballina Beach Resort, Paintball Skirmish Ballina Byron pride themselves in providing the highest and most reliable skirmish service to their guests. If you are interested in having a game when you are in town, contact them for more information.

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