About the Ballina Shire

Our Island Home…. Discover Ballina
now the most accessible ISLAND on the NSW Far North Coast!

Totally surrounded by sweeping and expansive waterways, Ballina really is an island!

With miles of spacious beaches and a vast river all to yourself, you can cast yourself away from all the hustle and bustle of elsewhere and do nothing but… relax. It’s known as the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ effect.

Directly accessible by air from Sydney and Melbourne, you can now fly straight to Ballina’s own airport… or … begin your journey from the Gold Coast airport & enjoy a leisurely scenic southern drive… a drive that’s now so quick ‘n’ easy, with improved road links between Brisbane and Ballina.

Once here, you will find that Ballina also now happens to be the best serviced island on the NSW Far North Coast. All the fabulous lifestyle ingredients are within reach… an ever-increasing number of quality attractions, events, restaurants, ballina accommodation and shopping facilities.

Take a weekend break or stay long enough to unwind… visitors can choose from a variety of cosy accomodation options, including the newly opened International Ramada Hotel.

Enjoy local, gourmet flavours from the many freshly styled restaurants, clubs and hotels. Get closer to the dolphins by taking a sunset sail, delight in coast meeting hinterland from breathtaking helicopter heights, catch all the ones that got away at the fishing park, kayak down the river before breakfast, picnic ‘n’ ponder local sculpture, travel by trike all around town, ride horses freely along a deserted beach or 4WD the sand dunes.

Ballina’s also closely connected to its hinterland villages and other regional communities… you might even be tempted to briefly leave the island… cross those bridges, head out to sea or take to the skies to discover… Bangalow’s heritage streetscape and boutique shopping, majestic whales frolicking near Australia’s most easterly point at Byron Bay, crazy kite surfing stunts amongst the Lennox Head waves, captivating crystals in the castle gardens behind Mullumbimby… or why not… get lost in the amazing maze or play a game of giant chess at Alstonville, sip a local Northern Rivers brew, nibble on some pecans at Eltham, catch a cultural event or stroll the coffee trail in Lismore, venture back to the ‘age of aquarius’ at Nimbin, mountain bike ride through magnificent and diverse rainforest… it’s all right here in Ballina’s backyard.

Ballina… it’s a not so remote island on the NSW Far North Coast… and it’s just waiting to be discovered & explored by you!

For a copy of the Ballina Coast & Hinterland Visitor Guide contact the Ballina Visitor Centre on 02 6686 3484 or balinfo@ballina.nsw.gov.au

For more information on Ballina Coast & Hinterland and the stunning Northern Rivers region, visit the following web sites:


These images supplied courtesy of the Ballina Visitor Centre