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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: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Australian Seabird Rescue

The Australian Seabird Rescue, Research, Rehabilitation and Coastal Education Centre in Ballina offers a comprehensive educational experience for people of all ages. Participants experience first hand the issues in their local environment. The interactive, hands on approach gives everyone an unforgettable experience that they can take home and share with others.

All presentations include a one hour informative talk by one of their trained volunteers, as well as a chance to see wildlife that may be in their care. Animals that you may get the opportunity to get a close-up look at may include pelicans, other sea birds, shore birds, and even the fascinating and endangered sea turtles.

264 North Creek Road
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 1.1K from Ballina

Ballina Disc Golf

Bicentennial Gardens in Ballina is home to the Northern Rivers first disc golf course. Discs are available for purchase or hire from the Ballina Visitor Information Centre located at 6 River Street. Alternatively, take your own disc to the course as it is free to play.

Disc golf is played in a similar concept to golf, however a frisbee is used instead of a ball. This is a great activity for all ages.

Enjoy a great day out with your family and friends at the nine hole, 28 par disc golf course.

Entry to the DiscGolfPark is free and is open dawn until dusk.

Tamarind Drive
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 1.7K from Ballina

Ballina Ten Pin Bowl

Ballina Ten Pin Bowl is the ideal option for a wet weather activity or simply to add some fun to your day. Challenge your travel mates to a game or come along and join the locals and make some new friends. The bowling alley is air-conditioned and has a snack bar on site for refreshments.

Glow in the Dark bowling from midday everyday. Free instruction is provided to newcomers. Groups, special events, functions and parties are all catered for and provide a unique venue for any event.

7 Clarke Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 2.0K from Ballina

Thursday Plantation

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.

Here you can purchase Thursday Plantation products right from the source, as they continue to pioneer the modern tea tree industry and produce quality products.

Why not pick up some of their fabulous tea tree products and enjoy a coffee, icecream or light meal on the lovely verandah while the kids explore the maze and sculpture gardens.

Gallans Road
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 2.0K from Ballina

Ballina: Events

Open Studios - Ballina, Byron and Beyond

Open Studios - Ballina, Byron an Beyond (OS-BBB) is an exciting studio adventure trail designed to allow the public to discover and experience the diversity of working studios of local artists.

Across two weekends, artists of all genres open their studios and workshops to the public to allow them to learn more about the creative and production process, discover original creations and buy artworks or sign up to workshops/classes.

The inaugural event was held in May 2018 with sixteen studios participating. Feedback from the public was extremely positive. Many people expressed the hope that it will become an annual attraction for the region. It was so successful that it was mentioned in the NSW Government's Legislative Council Hansard on 22 May 2018.

The trail offers a fascinating spectrum of art - such as painting, drawing, ceramics, steel and woodwork, sculpture, jewellery, silk, textile art, mixed media, flower arranging and many more.

In addition to the joy of seeing artistic creation in the making, the trail offers the fun and adventure of discovering studios in places that the public would never normally be able to access.

Event Dates
      27th Apr
      28th Apr
      4th May
      5th May

Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 0.0K from Ballina

Ballina Food and Wine Festival

Ballina Food and Wine Festival, showcasing the best produce, products, restaurants, culinary expertise and entertainment the region has to offer, along with premium wines, craft beer, cider and spirits. This festival is run by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond.

Sunday October 20 is the main Festival Day, held at the Ballina Jockey Club, featuring exhibitors, information sessions, demonstrations and quality entertainment.

Entry to the festival is for 18 years and over only.

The festival kicks off on Friday night October 18 at the Ballina RSL Club: 'Asahi - After Dark Gala Dinner' with live entertainment. The night will feature superb food, teamed with wines and craft beers.

Come and join them for both of the events.

Event Dates
      20th Oct

Racecourse Road
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 1.6K from Ballina

Ballina Boxing Day Races

It's that time of year again! Yes the Ballina Boxing Day Races are happening at the Ballina Jockey Club so frock up and get ready for a fun filled day in the sun.

This is an exciting event to be a part of so don't miss out. Proof of age will need to be shown prior to entry. Children under 18 must be supervised at all times.

Further information and a bus timetable will be available closer to the date so stay tuned.

Event Dates
      26th Dec

Racecourse Road,
Ballina Jockey Club
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 1.6K from Ballina

Anzac Day Celebrations - Ballina Shire

Ballina Anzac Day Services and March is on 25 April at River Street, Ballina. Ballina Anzac Day Dawn Service at Ballina RSL Memorial at 5.30am. Ballina Anzac Day March - Assemble at Ballina Court House at 10am. March commences at 10.30am down River Street to Ballina RSL Club Memorial.

Contact Ballina RSL Club for more information.

Event Dates
      25th Apr

Ballina RSL Club Memorial Park,
Grant Street
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 1.8K from Ballina

Ballina Country Music Festival

Put on your hat, dust off your boots, tell your friends and neighbours the Ballina Country Music Festival is on its way!

Now in its seventh year, this is a three day festival with over 30 acts providing free entertainment on six stages in various venue locations throughout Ballina.

Both shows will be staged in a special marquee to be erected at Cherry Street Sports Club and will be the only two shows to have a nominal cover charge with all other acts over the weekend presented free to the public.

Various venues around Ballina.

Event Dates
      1st Nov
      2nd Nov
      3rd Nov

Cherry Street,
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 2.7K from Ballina

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. The markets are a great day out for all.

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

Canal Road,
Outdoor Entertainment Centre
Ballina, NSW, 2478

Located 3.0K from Ballina

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