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BALLINA COAST & HINTERLAND

 

From the lush, subtropical rainforests and picturesque villages of the hinterland to the crystal waters of the coast, the Ballina Coast and Hinterland is truly a natural wonder... a playground for beach lovers, surfers, boaties, anglers, bush walkers and eco-adventurers from around the globe…

 

On the Coast in Ballina Centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River, Ballina is surrounded by 32kms of white sandy beaches and seemingly endless, crystal clear waterways.

 

The island town of Ballina is the commercial and cultural heart of the shire with the streets of Ballina’s town centre lined with stylish restaurants and cafes where you can sample the famous local seafood.

 

The town is absolutely brimming with things to see and do…visit the historic museum, discover treasure troves of antiques and curios, art and craft shops and markets; browse the funky boutiques; or take your pick of fun activities for kids of all ages.

 

Further a field, take in the spectacular coastline from Ballina’s extensive cycleways; enjoy a leisurely river cruise along the Richmond; journey into the teaming wetlands of North Creek by canoe; or thrill to the annual migration of the humpback whales from any of the coastal headlands. The fishing at Flat Rock and Angels Beach is legendary and, if you wet a line at dawn from Ballina’s North or South Walls, you’re in for a breakfast feast.

 

On the Coast in Lennox Head

Laid-back Lennox is a leisurely (and very scenic) 10-minute jaunt up the coast from Ballina. The views from the headland are absolutely breathtaking and Pat Morton Lookout offers the perfect vantage point for a bit of whale and dolphin spotting - or for taking to the skies on a hang-glider.

 

With it’s famous surf breaks at Boulders and Lennox Point, the village is a Mecca among surfers, while the white sands of Seven Mile Beach lure swimmers, fishermen and beach lovers looking to escape the crowds.

 

Along the main street, you’ll find boutiques, surf shops and stylish cafes, restaurants and an excellent pub where you can savour some of the region’s finest cuisine.

 

On the outskirts of the village, Lake Ainsworth is a popular spot for swimming, sailing and canoeing in still, fresh waters. The lake is stained ‘billy tea’ red by the tea trees that fringe its banks and it is claimed to have therapeutic effects.

 

This tranquil hideaway is the perfect backdrop for Lennox’s colourful monthly markets held on the second and fifth Sundays of every month.

 

In the Alstonville Hinterland

Away from the coast, Ballina’s lush hinterland is dotted by pioneer settlements like Teven, Tintenbar and Knockrow, where you’ll find wonderful parks and gardens, tea-rooms, cosy cafes, country pubs and galleries and shops filled with exquisite local arts, crafts and fresh local produce.

 

The village of Alstonville is an Aladdin’s cave for curio hunters and culture buffs with its historic buildings, classic Australian architecture, galleries and antique shops, intimate cafés and restaurants.

 

Hidden throughout the surrounding plateau are secluded waterfalls, lush, sub-tropical parks and gardens and, at Victoria Park Nature Reserve, a magnificent remnant of the ‘Big Scrub’ - a vast rainforest which once blanketed the region.

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