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Ballina

On an island at the mouth of the Richmond River is the town of Ballina, the commercial and cultural heart of the area. Surrounded by 32 kilometres of white, sandy beaches and crystal waterways, it is a natural fun park for beach lovers, surfers, boaters, anglers and eco-adventurers.

The historic streets are lined with stylish cafes, restaurants and classic country pubs where you can sample the famous local seafood. Visit the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, browse antiques, arts and craft shops or stroll the magnificent walk and bike paths.

Enjoy a cruise along the Richmond River, journey into the teaming wetlands of North Creek by canoe or spot the annual migration of humpback whales from any of the coastal headlands. Try fishing at the popular Flat Rock and Angels Beach.

Ballina

Ballina: 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 Ballina

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 Ballina

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 Ballina

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 Ballina

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 Ballina

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 Ballina

Ballina: 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 Ballina

North Coast Fishing Bonanza


Two of Australia's most respected companies, Gamakatsu and Evinrude Etec have joined forces to present one of Australia's largest catch and photograph fishing tournaments, the North Coast Fishing Bonanza.

This year will see a huge species list, multiple river systems (Tweed River to Clarence River) and over AUD60,000 worth of prizes up for grabs making this a tournament that any fisherman would be crazy to miss.


Event Dates
2016
      29th Sep
      30th Sep
      1st Oct
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River Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.3K from Ballina

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
2016
      27th Dec
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2017
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68 Cherry Street,
Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.7K from Ballina

Ballina: 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 Ballina

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