Ballina is a place of outstanding beauty, located at the mouth of the Richmond River in the North Eastern part of New South Wales. From extensive patrolled surfing beaches, to the wide rivers, meandering creeks & lagoons, it seems water provides the focus of the Ballina environment & lifestyle. A thriving town with major shopping centres, classy restaurants, cosy coffee shops & all modern amenities, Ballina district caters well for a friendly local population of an estimated 37,000 residents & welcomes tourists & annual holiday makers.
Visitors to Ballina are never bored. Outdoors they can enjoy fishing, swimming, surfing, boating; bike riding or walking on the network of bikeways; golf, bowls, tennis, horse riding, or other organized sports. Children are specially catered for with the Waterslide at the swimming pool & a state-or-the-art Skate Park at Missingham Bridge. A beautiful library, Naval & Maritime Museum & many clubs cater for less strenuous activities. Major events are sprinkled throughout the calendar, notable being the Race Meetings hosted by the Ballina Jockey Club, the Ballina Lions 10 & 5km Fun-Run-Walk in August, The Rotary Club's Fine Wine & Food Festival in early July & the Ballina Country & Music Festival on the Queens Birthday weekend in June.
Other nearby attractions include the Macadamia Castle on the old highway at Knockrow, Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Visitors centre & cafe on the old highway north of Ballina, the Big Prawn south of Ballina at Bunnings and the Australian Seabird Rescue Centre on North Creek Road (by appointment).
Visit the Ballina Visitor Information Centre in River Street or http://www.discoverballina.com.au/v1/attractions-and-activities/ballina for more details
There are numerous lovely parks, with playgrounds & BBQ facilities, most adjacent to beaches or river. A short drive will take you to one of a number of National Parks in the hinterland or along the coastal heath-land, to discover the rich natural & cultural history of our part of Australia. The climate is temperate, with a mild winter with long summer months in which to fully enjoy Ballina’s environment.
The town is ringed by a lush green quilt of canefields, macadamia plantations, fruit orchards & small farms. Nearby are the towns of Lennox Head, Alstonville, Bangalow & Byron Bay, with the City of Lismore only about 40 minutes drive westward. Several flights come into Ballina / Byron Airport daily from Sydney and Melbourne.
With the new Tintenbar to Ewingsdale motorway now open, which completes the motorway from Ballina to the Queensland border, travellers from Ballina to Brisbane and beyond can now enjoy considerably reduced travel times.
Lions Clubs in our immediate area include: