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Ballina (New South Wales)

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Ballina is a coastal town, just south of Byron Bay and Lennox Head in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

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By plane[edit]

Ballina Airport (IATA: BNK) is on Southern Cross Drive, around 5km from the centre of Ballina.

Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Rex fly direct from Sydney.

Jetstar flies direct from Melbourne.

Avis, Hertz, Thrify, Budget and Europcar all operate from the terminal building.

Blanches Bus Company operate a scheduled service to the airport, travelling as far as Byron Bay for $3.60 to Ballina downtown, $9.40 to Byron.

Airport shuttles to nearby Lennox Head and Byron Bay are readily available.

Taxis operate from outside the terminal building, but a taxi to Byron Bay is expensive.

By car[edit]

Ballina is on the Pacific Highway, around 9 hours drive north of Sydney or just over 2 hours south from Brisbane.

By bus[edit]

Ballina is served by several Greyhound buses each day on their route from Sydney to Brisbane and vice versa.

Get around[edit]

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The Big Prawn, one of Australia's Big Things, is 6m high and weighs 33 tonne. It stands in the Bunnings Ballina carpark in West Ballina on River Street (the southern connection to Ballina town from the Pacific Highway Ballina interchange)


Lighthouse - extending from North Wall to the head, Lighthouse Beach is a popular beach with lifesaving patrols

Shelley - A fully patrolled beach with a lifesaving club. A popular spot for locals.

Angels - A beautiful, typical Australian beach which is usually quite deserted. There are, however, no lifeguard patrols</see>

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Ballina has 2 shopping areas. One is located in the Ballina CBD at River Street and nearby streets, such as Tamar Street. The other shopping area is at the northern end of Kerr Street, with Ballina Fair on the western side and Ballina Central on the eastern side of Kerr Street. The 2 shopping centres have a good range of smaller shops as well as Coles, Woolworths, KMart, Big W, and Target. There are also Red Rooster, KFC and Hungry Jacks fast food outlets in the area.

There are also smaller shopping centres at East and West Ballina, each with a small supermarket and a range of services.

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River Street has a range of eating options such as fish and chips, burgers, cafes, and a number of bakeries. The Ballina RSL in River Street serves excellent meals, has great views of the river and is reasonably priced. Both Ballina Fair and Ballina Central shopping centres have Zen Sushi outlets and a variety of cafes.

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Ballina has a range of accommodation choices, from caravan parks, motels, B&Bs, and even a luxury option.

  • Ballina Beach Village, 440 South Ballina Beach Rd, +61 2 6686-3347, [1]. This sprawling caravan/cabin park and camping ground is secluded with recreational facilities including ocean beaches and saltwater fishing. It has fully serviced caravan sites and self-contained cabins.  edit
  • Ballina Travellers Lodge, 36 Tamar St, +61 2 6686-6737, [2]. From $70.  edit

There are several motels along River Street from West Ballina into central Ballina as well as a couple of options on Cherry Street. The Ramada complex is located on Richmond River. Ballina Manor Boutique Hotel is another option.


Get out[edit]

  • Byron Bay is the most well known beachside destination in the region, but the Gold Coast and theme parks are also a possible day trip from here. Ballina itself has some nice beaches, including Lighthouse and Shelly beach, which are the two beaches patrolled by Surf Life Savers, as well as the more secluded Angel's Beach, which is nice to walk along, and Sharps Beach, which also has an occasional Life Saver presence. Between Sharps beach, and Angel's Beach is Flat Rock, a large rocky outcrop into the sea. A short walk away is Boulder Beach, which has large boulders instead of sand. The walk, however is unsignposted.
  • Lennox Head, between Byron Bay and Ballina is also close by.

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