Ballina

Ballina is a popular holiday destination with plenty of waterside attractions, including beautiful beaches, delightful river cruises and exhilarating kayaking tours. Watch the fishing boats head for sea at sunset and taste the catch of the day at the town's restaurants and cafes.

With 25 km of cycle paths, explore the Richmond River and coastline with hired bicycles from Transition Cycles, The Bicycle Emporium or Sunrise Cycles. You can also discover more about the area with Kayak Ballina Tours.

Bike ride on the shared coastal pathway trail in Ballina

Bushwalking is great way to experience the colourful birdlife. The town is close to the splendid national parks of Broadwater and Bundjalong, where you can go canoeing on Evans River. For a heritage walk, take the Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail and you might see dolphins frolicking.

During whale-watching season, the Ballina coastline is great for spotting migrating whales. You'll find plenty of accommodation options in Ballina and check out the events calendar for festivals and markets, including the Ballina Fine Food and Wine Festival.

Ballina Airport

Flying into Ballina Airport

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is located 5 km from Ballina’s town centre and 35 km from Byron Bay. Use the shuttle bus or taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip to these coastal destinations. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Newcastle are available daily, with four operators - JetstarRegional ExpressVirgin Australia and FlyPelican - servicing the region.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Silk Painting Workshop

    Saturday 24 November 2018 to Saturday 31 August 2019 , Ballina

    Create your own hand painted silk with a world renowned artist who has over 30 years of experience. This is the perfect tutor to introduce you to the world of silk painting. The gallery over looks the Richmond River and is the perfect…

    24 Nov - 31 Aug
  2. Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

    Sunday 25 November 2018 to Sunday 23 June 2019 , Ballina

    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…

    25 Nov - 23 Jun
  3. A Taste Of Irish Christmas Ballina

    Friday 30 November 2018 , Ballina

    ‘A Taste of Irish Christmas’ hits the stage this December featuring stars directly from London’s West End. Witness the World Champions of Irish dance take to the stage for a magical night of tunes, taps and tradition! Immerse yourself in…

    30 Nov