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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,906 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (550 reviews)
"Nice property for a holiday with good room amenities. Housekeeping only available before 11am"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Ballina Homestead Motel
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 ¥10,020 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in West Ballina, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Richmond River Nature Reserve and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ballina Fair Shopping Centre and Ballina ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (377 reviews)
"Good location close to town, lovely staff at check in, room was clean, bed was very comfortable, beautiful grounds, we were only there to sleep"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre
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 ¥20,039 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (991 reviews)
"Although the facilities are looking tired the staff and location are wonderful."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
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Santa Fe Motel & Holiday Units
Santa Fe Motel & Holiday Units
3 out of 5
8 Byron Street, Lennox Head, NSW
The price is ¥12,246 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (184 reviews)
Great location
"Dave was great and welcoming. The location is walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants. If you are looking for something cheaper than the ocean view accommodation, this place is a good option."

Reviewed on May 6, 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 campground is steps from Seven Mile Beach and Lennox Head Beach. Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (49 reviews)
"Great Place to stay. Easy check in. Amenities block was close and very clean also. Cabin was basic but suited my needs"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Reflections Holiday Parks Lennox Head
Lennox Beach Resort
Lennox Beach Resort
4 out of 5
7 Park Lane, Lennox Head, NSW
The price is ¥15,526 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
Located in Lennox Head, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lennox Head Beach and Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre. Shelly Beach and Ballina Fair ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (365 reviews)
"Great place to stay in Lennox. Nice pools, handy location."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Lennox Beach Resort
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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