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19-21 Shirley Street , Byron Bay NSW 2481

Places in Far Nth Coast

Cape Byron (Mike Leonard)

Far Nth Coast

With an unspoilt coastline and subtropical climate the Tweed Coast is the perfect holiday destination for those seeking some solitude.

Tweed Heads is the northern most tip of New South Wales, with the main street linking the town with Coolangatta, Queensland. The area has great surf beaches and a beautiful river.

Further south along the Tweed Coast are the seaside villages of Kingscliff and Casuarina Beach. Here you will find sophisticated resort style accommodation with boutique shopping and excellent leisure facilities including walking and cycling paths and parks for barbecues and picnics.

Discover the region by taking a cruise along the Tweed River or join a fishing charter. Explore the picturesque countryside, lush rainforests and World Heritage Listed national parks.

Shop for a unique gift or souvenir at the Tweed Heads markets held on the first Sunday of each month, or for the ultimate in indulgence experience a spa treatment or massage at The Golden Door Spa at Salt Village, the largest day spa in Australia.

Further down the coastline, Byron Bay is a unique seaside village with a relaxed, alternative lifestyle and clean, undeveloped beaches. The region has transformed into a popular beachside retreat yet still maintains the informal culture it has become famous for.

Around ten minutes drive north of Byron Bay is Brunswick Heads. Renowned for its emphasis on water sports including surfing and fishing, the coastal town has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Further south is Lennox Head, a quiet seaside village nestled between Ballina and Byron Bay. Lennox Head is a popular choice for surfers with its fantastic surf beaches, however fishing and simply relaxing are also favourite pastimes.

Take a 20 minute scenic drive from Byron Bay and you will arrive in Ballina. With pristine white sand beaches, great fishing and surfing as well as easy access to the scenic countryside, Ballina is the ideal location for a relaxed holiday.

Yamba is a dynamic holiday resort with a large emphasis on fishing and is a popular destination for families with its safe sheltered beaches, and there’s also a great surf beach for those that
prefer waves.

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Brunswick Heads

Far Nth Coast: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Ballina Surfing Beaches

Whether you're a toddler dipping your toes in for the first time, or a world-class surfer, with over 32 kilometres of coastline to choose from, it's easy to find the ideal swimming or surfing spot in Ballina.

There are calm sandy beaches and shoals on the banks of the Richmond River, rising swells perfect for a body bash at one of the many beaches and there are often perfect barrels rolling of North Wall and the world famous right hand break at Lennox Point.

There are beaches that allow four wheel drive vehicle access and some that allow dogs and horses. Local operators offer horse riding on isolated beaches, both north and south of Ballina. It's the stuff that postcards are made of.

Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.2K from Far Nth Coast

Creative Artisans Gallery

Creative Artisans Gallery is all original work with most of the items such as the jewellery, woodwork and silk, being 'one-off' designs.

The gallery aims to showcase original creations and artwork from local artists and artisans. It is owned and managed by local women who have lived and worked in the shire for many years.

Purchasing artwork from the gallery ensures an income for the artisans, and local suppliers and creates jobs within the community. There are so many very talented people who do not have the opportunity to have their work presented for sale on an ongoing basis - not just in exhibitions that may last from a couple of days to a month.

Shop 1 Wigmore Arcade,
River Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.3K from Far Nth Coast

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is privileged to be housed in the historic former Ballina Municipal Council Chambers. Built in 1927, Ballina Shire Council renovated this building in 2007 to the highest standard in lighting, climate control and security. The building now provides an exceptional space for patrons to enjoy exhibitions and other public programs.

As a community gallery, distinct from a regional or commercial artistic institution, the NRCG is driven by the principles of access, equity and participation for local artists and local audiences, while striving for the highest standards of programming.

The Northern Rivers region is acknowledged for the strength and diversity of its creative industry sector, particularly in relation to the visual arts. The NRCG serves as an essential vehicle through which this burgeoning artistic sector can be supported and nurtured.

The NRCG provides a facility for a diverse range of programs of local and touring exhibitions, education programs and cultural events; showcasing unique, high quality works made by regional artists, craftspeople and designers.

44 Cherry Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.3K from Far Nth Coast

Sea Silks Gallery

This beautiful gallery is located in the heart of Ballina under the Ramada Hotel, and overlooking the Richmond River. The gallery is a collective of the finest local silk and glass artists living in the beautiful region of Northern NSW. They all have a close connection with Mother Nature and their work reflects her amazing beauty.

Kim Michelle Toft's vivid hand painted silks and environmental children's books of the underwater world, Jacqueline King's exquisite one-off glass pieces, Helen Dunn's playful silk and crystal birds, Arnie Gautsch's intricately etched glass, and Trudy Gautsch's stunning glass jewellery make up the collective. All the artists work in the gallery.

What a brilliant reason to visit Ballina and call in to enjoy unique local art at its best!

Shop 6/2 Martin Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.5K from Far Nth Coast

Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum

Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum is home to a stunning collection of history and memorabilia. These include the last remaining Las Balsas expedition raft which travelled from Ecuador to Australia forty years ago, the largest collection of ship models in Australia, rare and unique shipwreck items, and the fascinating history of the Port of Ballina.

The museum features DVD showings and interactive displays - perfect for the kids - as well as plenty to keep the adults interested such as recreated scenes from naval vessels, a tribute to women in the navy, and an extensive collection of naval uniforms.

Offering guided tours for large groups, a souvenir and gift shop, and open seven days from 9am to 4pm, why not take the time to discover the remarkable history of the Ballina area at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum.

Regatta Avenue
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.6K from Far Nth Coast

Norton Street Heritage Trail

This interesting heritage trail takes in Ballina's most historic precinct - Norton Street. Norton Street began as a bustling thoroughfare and transformed into Ballina's most prestigious residential address. Gorgeous houses and buildings line both sides of the street, each with its own tale to tell.

A highlight of the walk is Ballina Manor Boutique Hotel, formerly North Coast Girls College, which also offers free tours of the house every day. Flanked by hundred year old Norfolk Pines, this leisurely walk is the perfect way to spend an hour discovering Ballina's rich heritage.

A free guide to the Norton Street Heritage Trail, including maps and a brief history of each landmark, is available from the Ballina Visitor Information Centre, which is located on the corner of River and Norton Streets.

Norton Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.9K from Far Nth Coast

Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail

The Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail is made up of 19 interpretive plaques stretching along the walkway from Fawcett Park in the central business district through to North Wall. The trail provides insights into the historic importance of the Richmond River to the Ballina Shire's earliest European settlers and residents.

You may also spot the ever playful dolphins in and around the bridge and the mouth of the river. The end of North Wall is a great vantage point to Whale Watch in season and to see the local fishing trawlers going out to sea at sunset is nothing short of spectacular. The area boasts plenty of the best spots to catch the elusive fish of the Richmond River. Surf schools are often seen giving their lessons to beginners in the gentle surf rolling in from the ocean up the mouth of the river.

Kingsford Smith Drive
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 1.2K from Far Nth Coast

Far Nth Coast: Activities

  • Taste exotic fruits at Tropical Fruit World near Kingscliff
  • Enjoy a leisurely river cruise along the Tweed River
  • Explore Mount Warning National Park
  • Indulge in a spa treatment at The Golden Door Spa in Salt Village
  • Discover Cape Byron Headland Reserve, the easternmost point in Australia
  • Visit the Byron Bay markets
  • Hire a boat and explore the Brunswick River
  • Surf the internationally acclaimed waves at Lennox Head
  • Stroll along the forest boardwalk in Victoria Park Nature Reserve,Ballina

Far Nth Coast: Events

Ballina Bowls Summerland Series

Summerland Series is a prestigious bowls series attracting players from interstate, New Zealand and other overseas countries. There will be approximately 300 bowlers who participate in the event, as well as spectators in excess of 300. Participants will be competing for AUD24,500 in prize money.

The event is divided into Summerland Singles and Summerland Pairs. The Pairs tournament will run over three days, with three days break and then the Singles tournament runs a further four days. Finals are held the day after the Singles tournament.

Please refer to the website for further details.

Event Dates
      27th Dec
      28th Dec
      29th Dec
      2nd Jan
      3rd Jan
      4th Jan
      5th Jan
      6th Jan

68 Cherry Street,
Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.7K from Far Nth Coast

Ballina Market

The East Ballina Lions invite you to the Ballina Market at Canal Road Ballina - a monthly market affectionately known as the 'friendliest market around'.

Held on the third Sunday of the month, the stalls offer a wide variety of goods from food to fashion, and gadgets to gifts.

Visit the Cafe under the Trees for local coffee and freshly cooked food, the Ballina Shire Concert Band provide musical entertainment, and all profits from the markets are returned to the community.

Event Dates
      21st May
      18th Jun
      16th Jul
      20th Aug
      17th Sep
      15th Oct
      19th Nov
      17th Dec

Canal Road,
Outdoor Entertainment Centre
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 1.1K from Far Nth Coast

Far Nth Coast: Travel Tips

Ballina Visitor Information Centre

Make the most of your stay in beautiful Ballina Shire and drop into the award winning Ballina Visitor Information Centre! The friendly staff have a wealth of local knowledge and are always happy to help with maps, brochures and advice. They can even take care of your tour and accommodation bookings.

Ballina Visitor Information Centre offers a huge array of arts, crafts, local products, and souvenirs for sale. You will find everything you need!

6 River Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.8K from Far Nth Coast