BALLINA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Ballina Country Music Festival is held at the beginning of October in Ballina each year. We happened to be here at the right time this year!
Around the city at different venues, including Pubs and clubs, a large selection of Country Western singers and entertainers rotate during the festival.
ALL FOR FREE
Of course, you may like to have a meal and enjoy the music at the same time!
STREET ENTERTAINMENT IS FREE, and included "Jack & Molly the Wonderdog," "Ballina Senior Bootscooters" and "The Crack up sisters."
We only saw "The crack up sisters," who were whip crackers with comedy included, they were great!
A Duck race [yellow plastic ducky] was held on the River. What we did, was buy a raffle ticket to be able enter a Duck in the race. There were good prizes for the winners. The day and the tide wasn't the best, so the Ducks were a bit far away to see, never mind, all good fun!
You guessed correct - Didn't win a prize!
- Family Travel
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I was more than pleased to see a historic letterbox still standing by the Naval Maritime Museum.
Thank-goodness the Ballina Council had the foresight to save one of these old Boxes! These are quite hard to find as most of them have been replaced by modern new ones.
So, if you want to see a part of Aussie history, check out the old letterbox in Regatta Avenue, between the Naval Museum and the Toursit Information Centre.
- Historical Travel
As Ballina is a seaside town, you will see Pandanus growing. There are three Australian varieties. These plants love the sun, provide shade, secure the the moving sand, and can stand the sea spray.
I saw this Pandanus Tree near Lighthouse Beach. It had fruit on the tree, do not know if you could eat this fruit, as only one of the three varieties is edible.
Pandanus tectorius, is probably the variety I saw, as it's found from Cape York down to Port Macquarie, also in Indonesia and across the Pacific Islands. The plant fibre is used for making hats, mats and bags.
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