Explore the Richmond River
The Richmond River is the lifeblood of Ballina, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy this beautiful waterway. Take a relaxing river cruise, go fishing for bream, whiting, or flathead, or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and explore the river at your own pace. You might even spot some dolphins or turtles along the way!
Hit the Beach
Ballina is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the NSW North Coast, so don’t forget to pack your swimwear! Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach, and Seven Mile Beach are all popular spots for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing.
If you’re looking for a quieter spot, head to Angels Beach, which is often less crowded than the other beaches in town.
Visit the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum
The Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum is a fascinating place to learn about the region’s maritime history. The museum is home to an impressive collection of boats, including a restored 1919 trawler and a 1943 US Army patrol boat.
You can also learn about the history of whaling in the area and see artefacts from shipwrecks that have occurred along the coast.
Take a walk along the Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail
The Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail is a 3km walking trail that takes you past some of the town’s most significant historical sites. The trail starts at Fawcett Park and takes you past the historic ferry terminal, the old slipway, and the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum. Along the way, you’ll learn about the town’s rich maritime history and see some beautiful views of the Richmond River.
Visit the Macadamia Castle
The Macadamia Castle is a fun-filled attraction that’s perfect for families. This animal park and mini-golf course is home to a range of native Australian animals, including kangaroos, koalas, and wombats. You can also get up close and personal with some reptiles and birds of prey, and enjoy a delicious macadamia ice cream at the on-site café.
Explore the rainforest at Nightcap National Park
Nightcap National Park is located just a short drive from Ballina and is home to some of the most beautiful rainforest in the region. The park is home to a range of walking trails that take you through ancient trees, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation.
The Minyon Falls walk is a popular option, that takes you through stunning rainforest, across creeks and over rocks, and eventually to the base of Minyon Falls, a spectacular 100m waterfall that cascades down a sheer cliff face. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching, with a chance to see species such as the pale-yellow robin and the satin bowerbird.
Visit the Big Prawn
The Big Prawn is a true Aussie icon and a must-visit attraction for anyone visiting Ballina. This 33-foot-tall fiberglass prawn was built in 1989 and has been a popular roadside attraction ever since.
Take a selfie with the prawn, grab a bite to eat at the on-site café, and pick up some souvenirs at the gift shop.
Where To Stay in Ballina
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Ballina, Tasman Holiday Parks is an excellent option for families, couples, and solo travelers. The park is located just a short walk from Shelly Beach, and a quick drive from Ballina’s town center. Accommodation options include powered and unpowered sites, cabins, and villas, with a range of facilities to suit all needs.
The park features a swimming pool, a playground, a BBQ area, and a camp kitchen, making it easy to relax and unwind after a day of exploring. The park also offers a range of activities, including movie nights, bingo, and trivia, making it easy to meet other travelers and have some fun.