Explore Ballina

Centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River, Ballina is the social and commercial hub of the region, loved for its relaxed seaside location and mixture of both river and surf beaches. Our region is one characterised by great bio-diversity, with a laid back lifestyle and friendly, diverse communities. 

Ballina Beach Village is just a 10 minute ferry ride from the town centre - which is brimming with boutique retail shops and quirky cafes.

A popular holiday destination with plenty of waterside attractions, including beautiful beaches, delightful river cruises and exhilarating kayaking tours. Watch the fishing boats head for sea at sunset and taste the catch of the day at the town's restaurants and cafes.


‘Ballina’ - believed to have been derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Bullinah’ meaning ‘place of plenty or big stomach, plenty to eat’. The town certainly lives up to it's name with a wide variety of food and drink experiences on offer.

Take a stroll around Ballina's Farmers Market, on every Sunday from 7am-11am to taste the wholesome local produce and food stalls. We are known for our Macadamia oils!

The Point Bar & Restaurant provides a vibrant dining experience right on the river and in the heart of Ballina - boasting spectacular sunset views, open all day through to the evening. Perfect place to meet for cocktails on sunset!

Head to Seven Mile Brewing Co. if you're in the mood for some beer tasting! They are a family owned and operated brewery, with a simple mission - to craft the best beer possible, no compromises. Visit them Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons for a cold tap beer!

Chef & Suka Cafe is one of Ballina's newest cafes but already proving popular with the locals! Situated in the main CBD, Chef & Shuka serve middle eastern inspired food and delicious coffee. Definitely a cafe to check out for breakfast or lunch.

The Ballina Gallery Cafe is set in a 1020's heritage building - now houses both the Gallery Café and the Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery. They use fresh local produce where possible, this is a perfect place for brekkie or lunch. Enjoy the peaceful surrounds, and whilst there take in local artworks.

Be sure to pop-by Richmond Oysters - enjoy the view over North Creek with natural, mornay or kilpatrick rock & pacific oysters in season. Richmond Oysters is a local business who has been supplying quality oysters to the public and many restaurants and seafood outlets for over 40 years.

Check out Discover Ballina's full Great Food Guide here: www.discoverballina.com.au/visit/greatfoodguide






Centered on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River, Ballina is the social and commercial hub of the region, loved for its relaxed seaside location and mixture of both river and surf beaches. A playground for beach lovers, surfers, boaties, anglers and eco-adventurers.

There are lots of walks and wildlife tours, scenic hinterland and cultural tours in the Ballina and Byron Bay areas. Connect with the natural environment and explore local life - all guides are qualified Park Rangers and provide unique insights into local natural and human history.

Sunrise horse riding is a beautiful way to start the day! You can have this experience right out the front of our holiday park through Tassiriki Ranch. 

The Ballina region is rich in arts culture, brimming with studio galleries and exhibitions and design markets. Have you visited the Big Prawn? Ballina's Big Prawn is another of Australia's iconic big things. 

Discover the original home of the pioneering tea tree company, Thursday Plantation! The perfect stop for kids and adults alike, the education centre features an interactive display centre showcasing the tea tree production process, video theatre, tranquil Verandah Cafe overlooking rainforest botanical gardens, and the intriguing Spirit of Australia Tea Tree Maze.

Ballina is known for it's fishing - there are lots of little nooks filled to the brim with fish! Or perhaps you would like to try surfing lessons or paddle boarding, there are plenty of companies that offer great services around the Ballina region. 

You can also enjoy ocean cruises, mountain biking, kayaking and golf courses. There is plenty to do and see together as a group, family or in a couple! 

Explore Ballina