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A Guide To Ballina
The pretty coastal town of Ballina is located on the east coast of New South Wales, approximately 200kms south of Brisbane. Established in 1840 as a port on the mouth of the Richmond River, this town has visitor attractions to suit all tastes and needs.
Whether it is water sports, quiet beach life or history that you are searching for, Ballina has it all. The sub-tropical climate ensures year round warmth, making Ballina the perfect getaway at any time of the year.
The undeniable symbol of Ballina is the "Big Prawn". The giant prawn has been a feature of the town since 1989 and was recently saved from a demolition order thanks to a townspeople's petition. The replica crustacean can be seen in West Ballina atop the Bunnings Warehouse.
What Happens in Ballina
In and On the Water - Boasting 32km of unspoilt shoreline, Ballina is the perfect place to visit if you are into water sports. Ballina offers water activities for the energetic and those less familiar with those adrenalin rushes that come from rushing about on waves at speed. The surf is some of the best on the east coast of Australia, and there are hire shops and surf schools to help you with all of your surfing requirements. There are also facilities for diving and snorkelling, with the North Wall being the most popular spot for a bit of underwater adventure. Canoeing, windsurfing, sailing and fishing are available too, with both sea fishing and river fishing on offer.
On the Beach - The beaches in Ballina are spotlessly clean and the water is beautifully clear. If you don't fancy joining in with the surfing, there is plenty of space for you to spread out and appreciate the activity from under your parasol. If you are visiting with young children then Shelly Beach and Flat Rock Pools are not to be missed. Shelly Beach has a wading pool built into the rocks, which offers a safe environment for toddlers to enjoy the sea. All of the beaches have good amenities and there are a wide variety of cafes and eateries for you to choose from.
Up in the Air - If you prefer your appreciation of the ocean to be a bit more gentile, then how about taking a helicopter flight over the coastline and surrounding rainforests in order to take in the full majesty of the region. Helicopter tours are available most days from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. For the more adventurous, helicopter flying lessons are also available.
Animal Encounters - The waters off Ballina are home to huge variety of wildlife. Most notable of these are the whales and dolphins. The Australian whale-watching season is from June to November, when the whales migrate. At this time Southern Right whales and Humpback whales can be seen in the waters around Ballina. Generally, humpback whales are best spotted out at sea, whereas the Southern Right whales can be seen from the shore. The best places to see whales from land are the North Wall, Flat Rock viewing platform and Ballina Lighthouse Hill. There are daily whale watching tours that leave from Ballina.
Light Up - Sticking with a watery theme but staying on dry land, Ballina is the home of a historic lighthouse. Built in 1879 and located at Ballina Lighthouse Hill this little bit of history is not only beautiful to look at but has the best view of the shore, so it is worth taking your binoculars when you visit it, as you will also have the opportunity to whale spot and admire the local birdlife.
A Piece of History - Ballina also has a Naval and Maritime Museum. It is easily found in the town centre and has a well-stocked collection of maritime memorabilia, naval exhibitions, a Navy mess desk and a WRAN memorial. The crowning jewel in its collection is the Las Balsas rafts, which made successful trans-Pacific crossings in 1973, having left Ecuador 179 days earlier.
Tee Off - There are 3 charming courses within a short distance. Golf lovers are spoiled for choice with the manicured 72 par course at the Ballina Golf Club, the tranquillity of the 9 holes at Teven, and the beauty of the 9 holes of Woodburn-Evans Head Golf Course set in the Bundjalung National Park, where your spectators are koalas sitting in gum trees.