Ballina Travel Guide

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Ballina Things to Do

  • Drive around Ballina

    Well all I can advise is for you to drive around and have a look at Ballina. We need to go back ourselves.You will find the Richmond River lighthouse which is one of the oldest in NSW....there is a little bit of history here.You might also enjoy a visit to the old Ballina Council Chambers on the corner of Crane and Cherry Streets or to the Ballina...

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  • MACADAMIA CASTLE

    On our way to Ballina, we stopped by the Macadamia Castle. We had been here many moons ago, so today, it was a chance to see what is there now.As the name implys, this is where you can find a large range of Macadamia nuts and other products that are grown locally for sale. The souvenir shop has lots of good gifts, this is free to browse.The next...

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  • BALLINA BI-CENTENNIAL GARDENS

    These gardens are located about 2km from Ballina on the old Pacific Highway. We stopped here to see what they had to offer, and that wasn't much, quite a disappointment! Plenty of mown grass and picnic tables, Free Toilets and your allowed to FREE CAMP for 12 hours with out being asked to move on. All I could find of interest, was a large Lagoon,...

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  • SHAWS BAY

    Shaws Bay is a pretty lake that was formed when the Ballina Breakwater was constructed. We were very lucky that our Caravan Park was located on the edge of this lovely lake.On my early morning walk I found the water to be very calm and I was able to get some reflection photo's.. A few fishermen were about, and a couple were making a few ripples on...

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  • THE BIG PRAWN

    I guess if your a tourist travelling around Australia, you may have seen just one or two of Australia's BIG ICONS.If you come to Ballina, which happens to be know for its Prawns, then you will see a beauty!I will tell you the story of this Big Prawn, as I have seen it grow and change colours over many years.It goes back to 1989, when the Big Prawn...

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  • THE PILLAR & WAR MEMORIALS

    Ballina has lots of parks and bicycle/walking paths. We drove into Owen street [no through road] to check out a pillar I had noticed. The pillar turned out to be one that was used in the building of the Queen Victoria building in Sydney, why it was here on display, I really don't know!As we had parked the car, we went for a walk towards Meldrum...

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  • FABULOUS ARTWORK @ SEA SILKS GALLERY

    Kim Michelle Toft is the brilliant Artist who does the work and to whom I was able to speak to. She was in her Gallery, busily painting another one of her silk paintings. She loves to paint marine life and coastal scenery as this is where she has lived all her life and is her love!Not only are there paintings [that would look very nice on my wall]...

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  • BALLINA HEAD LOOKOUT

    Ballina Head lookout is situated on the coastal road that leads to Skennars Head. It is still in Ballina, not that far from Lighthouse beach. This is a proper lookout, where we could pull into with our car and sit and watch the surf. Views were good and far reaching towards Skennars Head. You can either walk or ride here along the bitumen track, or...

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  • PIONEER MEMORIAL PARK

    Of all the times I have been to Ballina, I can never remember seeing this Memorial Park. Set high on a hill, overlooking Missingham Bridge and the Richmond River, is the Pioneer Memorial Park. A wall has been built and the headstones from Ballina's first cemetery have been added. These date back to 1853. I wandered around and read and looked at the...

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Ballina Hotels

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  • Chaparral Motel

    Pacific Highway, Ballina, NS, 2478, AU

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ballina Manor Boutique Hotel

    25 Norton Street, Ballina, 2478, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ballina Island Motor Inn

    Pacific Hwy Ballina 2478 Nsw

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Ballina Restaurants

  • Riverside restaurant

    On the ground floor of the Ramada Ballina hotel overlooking the river. You can eat inside or outside on the deck right on the river bank.A bar and restaurant for relaxed drinks and dining with a good selection of international dishes on the menu and a good wine list. I had New York steak with fries & salad and Geina had Thai Green Chicken Curry...

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  • Great food choices at Bluesfest

    I was rather amazed that at Byron Bay Bluesfest, once inside, you have soooo many choices for food, and they were not too badly priced either. They have the monopoly, once you are inside, unless you bring your own food, then they can really charge you whatever they like, and pretty much get away with it. Frank and I didnt eat a whole lot on the day...

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  • Best value Fish 'n' Chips

    We felt like fish 'n' chips on Tuesday lunch and this seemed to be the only place open! While the food was much dearer than we are used to paying (and much smaller pieces of fish cocktails) it was delicious. We ordered 2 of the Fish and Chips pack, 4 potato scallops and a cappucino and the cost was $19.40.Prices :- Chicko Roll $3 (only $2 here),...

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  • Delicious Thai

    Being the Easter long weekend, it didnt seem that a lot was open in the way of shops and restaurants in Ballina. Having just arrived, settled into our Motel, we drove to find somewhere nice for dinner. This place was open and had several people in there, so thats always a good sign!Not extremely tastefully decorated, but the food seemed reasonably...

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  • Perfect for your morning coffee

    Right next to the Ramada hotel and a few metres from the river, this is the place for your morning caffeine hit. I'm very fussy about my coffee - I drink it black with no sugar so the quality of the coffee and how it's made is important. Evolution serves beautifully made good quality coffee in a relaxed convenient location.

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  • Coffee, cake and srumptious nibblies by...

    This is probably the best place to eat in Ballina. It overlooks Shelley Beach which is the main beach in Ballina. You have a fantastic view of the ocean and the rock pools and sipping your coffee to the sound of the waves rolling in is unbeatable. It is not a restaurant but more a cafe style venue with the cake cabinet always tempting you whether...

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Ballina Shopping

  • EXTRA FRESH SEAFOOD

    The Ballina fishermen’s co-operative is owned by 26 independent professional Fishermen. It's a local company which deals in the processing and marketing of fresh seafood from local catches. If your a lover of seafood and want to buy the freshest and the best, then this is the place to come.The other option, is to come here and a have a fresh...

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  • BUYING CHEAP CLOTHES

    Have you ever been somewhere on holiday and been caught out by the weather?I have in Europe!For people on a tight budget or perhapssomebody who doesn't want to buy expensive summer clothes when they live in a cold climate, or vica-versa, the "OP" [opportunity shop] may be the way to go.You can buy, wear, return and still have the same amount of...

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  • HOME MADE ICE-CREAM

    When on holidays and walking the streets, I like to find an Ice-cream shop. Well, in Ballina, I found a beauty, it was so good, I went back on another day, this time for a double scoop!The Shop is named the Ice-creamery / Internet café. They do breakfast and have a nice array of cakes for coffee & cake. It was the Ice-cream section that was doing...

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Ballina Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • POST THAT LETTER!

    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...

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  • PANDANUS

    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...

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Ballina Warnings and Dangers

  • PARKING YOUR CAR IN BALLINA

    This is about which way you park you car in Ballina. Ballina has angle parking, but not everywhere are cars parked the same way, so you must check the signpost or look at the other cars if some are there.In some places we had to reverse into the kerb, and in other areas of Ballina, it was our nose [bonnet] that had to be kerbside.

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  • DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE HEAT IN THE SUN...

    BALLINA When enjoying the great surf and beaches here in Northern New South Wales always make sure that you have the sun "covered". Use a strong sunscreen of at least 30 + on all exposed skin areas. The sun here can be relentless and with Australia having the highest rates of skin cancer it pays to cover up.. We all love a tan but the cost can be a...

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  • Ballina Hotels

    16 Hotels in Ballina

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Ballina Tourist Traps

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    by unravelau Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    One of our members went to a considerable amount of trouble to find, get directions for and book what we thought was a lovely farmhouse accommodation. A place where we could be by ourselves, have a nice view, do our own catering and relax overnight after visiting the Crystal Castle. A number of phone calls were made and website information received and a (what appeared to be) detailed map of how to find them was received, and a deposit paid to them. We were so happy having had a wonderful visit to the crystal castle and set off in caravan to find our farmhouse. The directions as to where the place was, was accurate........i.e. through a banana plantation up a steep hill.........but the untruth came in the form of that the road was ok to drive in a car. One of our vehicles was a van. The concrete road was the occasional strip of broken concrete with rubble in between sections (boulders in some places) and with the drizzle it was pretty slippery. In fact we couldn't turn around (as in change our minds) and the van skidded, bogged, bumped and jived periously close to the edge a number of times- the car didn't do much better. It seemed to go for miles and the drivers were really packing it..........as in "OH **** **** ****". Luckily we came to a little clearing on one side and decided to turn around at that point- and hoped to get down safely.

    Unique Suggestions: When we finally reached the bottom again safely.............we had this great group hug........laughed and cried and carried on.........I even threatened to have a smoke...............(I didn't though). We really thought that we were lucky to come out of there alive.

    Our alternative was in having the good luck to find the Lyrebird Motel in Mullumbimby that had vacancies otherwise we don't know what we might have done......... see accommodation tip.

    Fun Alternatives: NEVER go somewhere unless you have the full details from a vter or someone that you know personally that has been there.

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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Theme Park Trips

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Ballina Off The Beaten Path

  • VISIT WARDELL

    A scenic drive from Ballina can be made to Wardell, well known by travellers of the Pacific highway, because of its opening bridge.The Bridge spans the mighty Richmond river, built to replace the ferries and barges used to transport cedar and sugar cane in the 1800s. These days, it doesn't open that often, and there are warning signs which will...

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  • ROCK POOLS @ FLAT ROCK

    The rock pools at Flat Rock are something for the family to enjoy together. As you enter the beach, you will see a large area of darkish black rock to your right. Wander over there and start exploring!Once there, I found there were literally dozens of Rock pools, all rich with some form of sealife.We found species varied widely between pools, even...

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  • FLAT ROCK

    On a cooler windy day, we decided to go and see what Flat Rock was like. Following the Coast road, we had just come out of the Ballina suburbs and there was the road to Flat Rock. Following the narrow road, we arrived at Flat Rock Camp site, only unpowered sites here. A short distance away was a small car park and a walkway to the Beach. Everybody...

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Ballina Sports & Outdoors

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    by balhannah Written Oct 9, 2013

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    Ballina is a perfect holiday destination because everything you need to enjoy a holiday on the water is at hand!
    Ballina lies at the entrance to the Richmond River and the town is surrounded on three sides by water - with ocean, river estuary, lakes and beach all available for water activities including angling, kayaking, canoeing, general boating, river and ocean cruises, hire boats, swimming, surfing, jet skis and sailing.
    I didn't do any of this here, but I did enjoy watching them!

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    • Fishing
    • Kayaking
    • Sailing and Boating

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Ballina Favorites

  • BALLINA LIBRARY

    The Ballina Library is a modern building close to the Tourist Information centre.The Library has a FREE INTERNET service, but you must make a prior booking for a place at the Computer.Also very handy, is the photo copying service.One time when I was overseas, I needed to print out a ticket on a weekend, I found everything closed or didn't do photo...

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  • Surf beaches

    The beaches to the east of Ballina are good, even by Australia's exceptional standards. No visit to the area is complete without trying the surf at Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach and/or Angels Beach. They all stand in sharp contrast to the urban quality of the town centre. Here the Pacific Ocean breaks on beautiful sandy beaches and there are...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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