Ballina - Do & See
Great beaches are found just out of town, while the freshwater Lake Ainsworth is superb for kayaking and camping. In the hills, the heritage villages of Bangalow and Newrybar seem not to have changed for the last hundred years while the surrounding region grows Australia’s finest coffees, avocadoes and macadamia nuts.
Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach is one of Australia’s finest and longest beaches. The vast expanse holds all the sun, fun and animal life you could wish for watch the dolphins play and the eagles soar from the horse back.
Pegasus Park offers excellent horseback riding under the supervision of an expert E.F.A. Grade 1 instructor.
Ballina’s Naval Maritime Museum
The Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum has an eclectic collection of models of ships and aircraft, paintings of warships, and an extensive library. The most famous exhibit is the raft Las Balsas, which landed at Ballina on 21 November, 1973 after a 178-day journey from Ecuador.
With more than 32 kilometres of beautiful winding coastline, you won’t have to search to find a perfect surfing spot. Calm sandy beaches and rising swells perfect for getting your surf on.
Summerland Surf School conducts regular classes at Evans Head, suitable for all ages no matter what previous experience you have.
Lennox Head is a laid-back village at the northern end of Seven Mile Beach and a Mecca among surfers with its world-renowned breaks at Lennox and Boulders Point. This small quaint village is focused on fishing and tourism and it’s growing rapidly at the moment.
Adjacent to gorgeous Seven Mile Beach and walking distance from Lennox Head village restaurants and its specialty shops lies Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park. Discover the picturesque barbeque settings and take off on a water adventure on the lake such as canoeing, sailing and windsurfing.
Picnic at Shaw’s Bay
The very popular Shaw’s Bay Pub overlooks the scenic Shaw’s Bay, just five minutes by road from the Ballina CBD. Beach volleyball facilities and paddle boats can be found on the western bank next to the pub, with a small marina adjoining.
The Macadamia Castle has been around for 35 years, offering an insight to native birds, animals, and reptiles. Enjoy yourself with mini golf, playgrounds, train ride and an adventure tree house.
Put your hiking shoes on and start your walk at the Ballina RSL alongside the Richmond River, follow the Kerry Saxby Walk across Missingham Bridge and continue toward the North Wall.
The Missingham Bridge has a shared footpath across the 150 meter estuary of North Creek. When you’ve reached your destination you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of the Richmond River and maybe you’ll spot dolphins.