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 Missingham Farmers Market

    Sunday 29 April 2018 to Sunday 24 June 2018 , 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 t…

    29 Apr - 24 Jun
  2. Relay For Life Ballina - Cancer Council

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Ballina

    Relay for Life is an overnight, community event where teams of 10 to 15 people participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council. In New South Wales around 40,000 people each year take part in Relay For Life. S…

    05 May - 06 May
  3. Our Kids Day Out

    Sunday 06 May 2018 , Ballina

    The Our Kids Day Out is a free family day that encourages families to come and enjoy a day out with the children. The event consists of a day of entertainment and fun for the family. On stage there is Live entertainment including the Rona…

    06 May