Ballina Travel Guide

Located on the east coast of Northern New South Wales, Ballina is a commercial town and the cultural heart of the coast and hinterland. Situated at the crossroads of the Pacific and Bruxner Highways, Ballina is easily accessed by car and is just two and a half hours south of the Queensland capital Brisbane and 740km north of Sydney. A distinctive destination with its own character and style, Ballina offers a number of natural attractions and is a playground for beach goers, boaties, surfers, fishermen and eco-adventurers alike. Set on the banks of the Richmond River, Ballina offers a wealth of leisure activities including river cruises, museums, maritime history, art and craft, antique boutiques, cafes and the unique opportunity to spot the annually migrating humpback whales off the headland.


As one of the most sought after holiday destinations on New South Wales' far north coast, Ballina offers a wide range of accommodation options for all travellers and budgets. Whether you're sneaking off for a romantic escape with someone special, getting away for a while with a few friends or bringing the whole family for some fun in the sun, Ballina accommodation offers a range of hotels, resorts, B&Bs, guest houses, motels, units and apartments to suit everyone. From absolute luxury to more affordable options, some with the added convenience of self-catering kitchen facilities, a holiday in Ballina is both enjoyable and affordable, regardless of your budget or how long you wish to stay.

Ballina Holiday Packages

Ballina holiday packages are the easiest and most affordable way to enjoy some time to relax on the scenic seaside of the northern New South Wales coast. Combining all your holiday needs into one discounted package, these Ballina holiday packages take care of everything from your accommodation and activities to transfers, meals and even flights if you need them. A great way to save time and money when booking your holiday, these Ballina holiday packages also offer a number of added benefits, from complimentary inclusions and free nights to bonus room upgrades, daily breakfast, tours, massages, parking, internet access and much more. Take care of everything before you leave and enjoy your holiday stress-free with this coordinated approach to arranging your travel plans.


The picturesque coastline and beautiful beaches are some of Ballina's most popular attractions and there is always something to do around these parts, so you can do as much or as little as you like on your relaxing Ballina holiday. Between the river, the beach, the local golf course and parklands, you'll never be short of leisurely ways to spend your day in Ballina. All along the waterfront you'll find picnic and barbeque facilities, perfect for lazy lunches by the water and there's also a skate park for the kids to burn off some energy. If you're feeling active yourself, there are 25km of cycle paths and walkways that meander their way along the waterways and beaches. Of course water activities are always popular too, from swimming and surfing to sailing, river cruises and fishing, just to name a few. If it all gets too much for you, there are plenty of boutiques, shops and cafes to relax in.

Getting To Ballina

Conveniently located just two and a half hours south of Brisbane and 740km north of Sydney, getting to Ballina is easy, especially if you plan on driving. Ballina sits on the intersection of the Pacific and Bruxner Highways and there are also a number of bus and rail services that operate to, from and within Ballina itself. Just 5km from the centre of town, the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport also offers daily services from all over Australia so if you're flying in to Ballina, access is also easy even if you don't have a car. Getting There More Info