Ballina

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If you’re dreaming of pristine beaches, rolling hinterland hills, delightful rivers, and magnificent national parks look no further than Ballina; it's the perfect spot for a holiday and a worthwhile stop on any road trip. 

The Ballina Byron Gateway Airport just 5km from Ballina’s lovely town centre makes getting here a breeze, however, if you can spare the time, road and rail offer scenic alternatives.

Surfers can ride rolling waves along 32km of stunning coastline, and swimmers can enjoy the patrolled waters of Shelley Beach. Relax and unwind on the golden sands of other popular beaches including Lighthouse Beach. Absorb the spectacular natural beauty of Ballina by canoeing down Evans River, or cycling alongside the Richmond River. For an educational and scenic walk, look no further than the Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail, lined with insightful and informative plaques.

Cast a glimpse out to sea to spot dolphins and, in the winter months, whales. Or look up to the trees to see vibrant birdlife. Learn about native wildlife at the Australian Seabird Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Coastal Education Centre, where you can get close to turtles and various birds. Other top attractions include the Macadamia Castle, offering fun for all the family with wildlife, mini golf, train rides and more, and the Naval and Maritime Museum, featuring an impressive collection of history and memorabilia.

If you time your trip to visit the monthly Ballina Market or one of the other exciting festivals, markets, and events, you won’t regret it. However, this enjoyable town has plenty to offer at any time of the year.