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.


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  1. Ballina Triathlon

    Saturday 25 August 2018 to Sunday 26 August 2018 , Ballina

    They've got you covered - Sprint and Tempta Triathlon, Family Triathlon, Fun Run, and Splash for Cash - it's all happening on the coast! All based from Pop Denison Park, Shaws Bay, Ballina. The two day triathlon that will open the event …

    25 Aug - 26 Aug