Blessed with natural beauty, golden beaches and a rich sense of history, Ballina is the sort of town postcards were made for.
Things to do & see in Ballina
Whether you’re at the beach, strolling through the park or enjoying superb seafood, every day is one to remember in Ballina.
Ballina’s famous Big Prawn was almost demolished in 2009, but pro-prawn sentiment in the community prevailed. After a $400,000 restoration in 2013, the giant prawn now sits in a Bunnings car park, opposite some of Ballina’s best seafood shops.
With 32km (20mi) of coastline to choose from, including spectacular surf breaks and sheltered coves, you’ll have no trouble finding a beach to suit you. Patrolled beaches include Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach, Sharpes Beach, Seven Mile Beach and South Ballina Beach.
Take a scenic stroll along Ballina’s historic waterfront trail on the Richmond River. Learn about local art and culture, stop in to grab a coffee at one of Ballina’s cafes and keep your eyes peeled for marine wildlife!
Once upon a time, the rainforest known as the Big Scrub extended across the entire Ballina, Lismore, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby regions. Today, the Victoria Park Nature Reserve protects one of the last remnants of the Big Scrub!
How to get to Ballina
With over 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Our expansive network includes a stop in Ballina at the bus shelter on Tamar Street, between Cherry Street and Moon Street. Book your travel to Ballina today!
How to get around Ballina
Once your Greyhound bus to Ballina arrives in town, you’ll find that the regions subtropical weather and mostly flat topography make it a perfect place to go for a leisurely cycle or stroll.
The 11.5km (7mi) Ballina Loop offers cyclists and pedestrians great views of the river, ocean and creek, with plenty of opportunities to stop at local cafes along the way.
Bikes can be hired from Sunrise Cycles (3 Hogan Street), Transition Cycles (49 River Street) and The Bicycle Emporium (2/158 River Street). Shared paths and cycleway maps can be picked up at the Ballina Visitor Information Centre (on the corner of River Street and Las Balsas Plaza) or viewed online.
Ballina does not have an extensive public transport network, but bus services Ballina Bus Lines and Blanch’s Bus Company do operate locally. Timetables can be obtained from the Ballina Visitor Information Centre.
A number of car hire companies operate in the Ballina and Northern Rivers region, while Ballina Taxi Services cabs can be hailed on the street and at taxi ranks, or booked over the phone (02 6686 9999).
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