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19-21 Shirley Street , Byron Bay NSW

Places in Far Nth Coast

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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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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.





Coastline
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 is a community exhibition space created through the refurbishment of the heritage listed former Council Chambers in Ballina.

Developed by Council in partnership with the community, the gallery provides the perfect centre for the arts and crafts in the region, with four gallery spaces that can be rented for exhibitions and cultural activities, and a learning centre.

The gallery presents a changing program of exhibitions by artists from across the Northern Rivers. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, artist demonstrations and workshops. Artworks and locally crafted jewellery, ceramics and gift ware are for sale in the Gallery Shop.

The gallery shares the heritage building (built 1927) with the delightful Ballina Gallery Cafe which is open from Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast, morning tea and lunch.





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

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 Missingham Farmers Market


Ballina Missingham Farmers Market is on every Sunday. They are the best way to do your weekly shop - buying fresh fruit, vegetables, and other produce directly from the grower.

At Farmers Markets and organic markets, customers can talk to the farmer directly about the produce and farming methods. Some farmers markets are incorporated into weekend markets, but usually there are regular separate week day stalls and stands at various locations throughout the region.




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Kingsford Smith Drive
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.2K 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