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Ballina
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Sitting astride the gentle waters of the Richmond River, this North Coast hub has fantastic beaches, great surf breaks, tropical rainforests and hinterland beauty.

Experience the coastal and hinterland charm of Ballina, a major town and region in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. With unbeatable beaches and superb waters of the Richmond River, Ballina is a favorite spot for family getaways and watersports adventure.

Go boating and fishing in the magnificent river to experience Ballina’s plentiful waters. Find out about the town’s history at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum. Relax in casual cafés or enjoy fresh produce direct from hinterland farms at Ballina’s restaurants and specialty stores.

Superb beaches are one of Ballina’s biggest draws. Investigate the patrolled waters of Shelly Beach or the popular Lighthouse Beach. Enjoy the tranquil shores and pretty surroundings of Shaws Bay Lagoon. Explore the coastline to find secret coves and excellent surf. Lennox Head is popular among surfing aficionados, while the waterslides at Ballina Water Park are a hit with younger visitors. From the shore or aboard a whale-watching charter boat, watch for humpback whales migrating along the coastline between June and November.

Make your way to Ballina’s main town to explore its laid-back streets. Have a meal in a waterfront café or check out the range of boutique stores. Explore the historic buildings and heritage charm of Wardell, Alstonville, Newrybar and Tintenbar. Knockrow is home to the family-friendly Macadamia Castle and the gateway to the Hinterland Way scenic route.

The cozy villages around South Ballina are ideal for experiencing the region’s natural beauty. Go birdwatching or ride on horseback along the beach. Cross the picturesque mouth of the Richmond River by taking the car ferry from Burns Point. River cruises provide an interesting insight into the Richmond River’s history.

Reach Ballina via the regional air hub of Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. Ballina has a wide variety of accommodations, including waterfront hotels. With Byron Bay about 45 minutes away by car, Ballina is a fantastic addition to your North Coast road-trip itinerary.

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Where to stay in Ballina

Ballina Homestead Motel
Ballina Homestead Motel
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Cherry Street & Fox Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is NZ$126 per night from 13 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Situated in Ballina, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Ballina District Hospital and Ballina Fair Shopping Centre. Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (523 reviews)
"Normally my stay experience is good and staff is really friendly. Room is tidy, but not clean enough. If it still has a little place to improve, such as some hairs on the bed."

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2021

Ballina Homestead Motel
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is NZ$237 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in the heart of Ballina, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, Ballina Racecourse and Ballina Golf Club. Shelly Beach ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"nice location, friendly staff"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2021

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
4 out of 5
1 Ronan Place, West Ballina, NSW
The price is NZ$138 per night from 3 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Located in West Ballina, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Richmond River Nature Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ballina Fair Shopping Centre and Ballina ...
4.3/5Excellent! (357 reviews)
"Clean rooms and amenities! Friendly accommodating staff!"

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2021

Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Santa Fe Motel & Holiday Units
Santa Fe Motel & Holiday Units
3 out of 5
8 Byron Street, Lennox Head, NSW
The price is NZ$178 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Lennox Head, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seven Mile Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre and Pat ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (182 reviews)
"If you’re looking for a simple beach holiday where you can swim in a pool or walk to the beach, make your own meals or stroll to a variety of restaurants - and get away from the crowds, this is a good affordable option. The one bedroom suites have plenty of space for 2 people for a few nights . It’s ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

Santa Fe Motel & Holiday Units
Reflections Holiday Parks Lennox Head
Reflections Holiday Parks Lennox Head
4 out of 5
Cnr Ross Street & Pacific Parade, Lennox Head, NSW
Offering direct access to the beach, this Lennox Head campsite is steps away from Lennox Head Beach and Seven Mile Beach. Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation ...
4.3/5Excellent! (47 reviews)
Relaxing break
"Lovely stay. Relaxing environment. Over the road from stunning beach. No fuss, no nonsense property!"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Reflections Holiday Parks Lennox Head
Leisure Lee Holiday Apartments
Leisure Lee Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
6 Easton Place, East Ballina, NSW
Located in East Ballina, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lighthouse Beach, Ballina Visitor Information Centre and Ballina Naval and Maritime ...
3.8/5Good! (82 reviews)
"Well priced. Good view. Older building but well kept"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2021

Leisure Lee Holiday Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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