Ballina Life

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Ballina itself

Ballina is situated on the Far North Coast of NSW and boasts some of Australia’s finest beaches, freshwater rivers and natural rainforests. There is a thriving town centre where you can shop, eat and be entertained.

Riverbend is within strolling distance of all of the amenities of West Ballina shopping centre including Bunnings, a hairdresser, supermarket, baker and newsagent. There’s a  local pharmacy and a doctor’s surgery. Restaurant, bottle shop and local tavern as well as Ballina’s famous fish markets – so you don’t have to go far for the essentials!

The Region

The Northern Rivers region is renowned for its scenery and natural beauty. Pristine beaches, unbeatable sports and leisure facilities as well as proximity to Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

The university town of Lismore is a little over 30 minutes away and from there it’s easy access to the wide plains of Casino, Kyogle or the rainforests of Mt Warning and the Nightcap National Park.

Ocean and Rivers

Ballina has wonderful surf beaches, with the most popular in the north of the town. Shelly Beach is a patrolled beach, also patrolled is Lighthouse (near the coast guard tower) and the safe, salt water, swimming beach at Shaws Bay Lake.

The coastline is a sea changer’s dream with sheltered coves, vast ocean beaches and some of the world’s finest surf breaks.  More than thirty kilometres of white beaches from Ballina to Lennox Head await you.  Relax along the wonderful coastline which has been carefully regenerated by local dune care groups.

From May to October, Ballina becomes a mecca for whale watching. Seek any vantage point (just follow the locals) and wait to see these magnificent humpbacks make their annual migration.

Just 400 metres away from Riverbend village is a boat ramp down to the Richmond River estuary. Take the fishing line, slide the tinny in and explore!

Things to interest you

In Ballina you’ll find all your favourite shops, a cinema, and a wide choice of sports facilities. There are plenty of coffee shops, riverfront restaurants as well as RSL and Sports clubs. A short drive will get you to either the East Ballina 18-hole golf course or Teven (9 holes). There’s even a golf driving range close to Riverbend so you can practice your skills.

Relax and enjoy the vast expanses of the Richmond on a leisurely river cruise or explore the teeming wetlands of North Creek’s upper reaches by canoe.  Go bush with a four-wheel-drive adventure tour.

Central Ballina is an island, completely surrounded by North Creek a great place for a canoe or kayak if you are determined to stay fit. Ballina has many kilometres of well-paved cycle ways, a lovely way to enjoy the town and (since it’s fairly flat) a real alternative to driving the car if you just want a newspaper or a loaf of bread.

With its fabulous beaches and rolling hills there is much to see and do in Ballina itself, but there are also good reasons to venture further afield to the attractive villages of Bangalow, Byron Bay, Lennox Head or Evans Head all just a short drive away.

A few  more suggestions.

  • Put a toe in the crystal clear waters of North Creek
  • Play a round at Teven (9 holes) or Ballina (18 holes)
  • Take a cruise down the Richmond River and listen to the history of the area
  • Walk to the top of Mount Warning
  • Visit the local Maritime Museum or Art Gallery
  • Explore the Northern Rivers and its hinterland
  • Rent a bicycle and explore the wonderful bike paths

Come and go

In little over an hour, you can be amongst the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast, and in around two hours you can be in Brisbane.

For those looking to travel further, Ballina has a first class regional airport that is serviced by regular, affordable direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne and connections to most destinations in Australia and beyond.

Places of Interest

Ballina RSL Club – www.ballinarsl.com.au
Ballina Golf Club – www.ballinagolfclub.com.au
Ballina Bowling & Recreation Club – www.cherrystreet.com.au
Ballina RSL Bowling Club – www.ballinarsl.com.au
Ballina Visitors Information Centre – www.discoverballina.com
Ballina Cinema – www.ballina.info/cinema

Contact us now on (02) 6681 2000 or email info@riverbend.com.au