Ballina is the home of Killen Falls, Lighthouse Beach, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, and of course the Big Prawn!
Ballina is conveniently situated 30 minutes south of Byron Bay, With lots of great little stops along the way, it’s worth the day trip.
Ballina was established as a port city for shipping out timber, dairy produce and other products to Sydney and the wider world, in the days when the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers were navigable at least as far as Lismore.
As the railways were developed, the roads were built and the rivers silted up, Ballina retained its importance as a regional centre, but developed different types of industries.
Probably one of the prettiest towns on the north coast, Bangalow has maintained it’s nineteenth century, country town charm whilst providing some of the best gourmet and art strips around
No point naming just one shop to visit, it’s worth a full leisurely stroll around.
One of Bangalow’s most popular attractions is the Bangalow Market, held on the 4th Sunday of every month in the heart of town. Roughly 15 minutes’ drive from East on Byron
This once sleepy fishing village has really come alive in recent years
After laying dormant for 30 years, in March 2016 the curtains lifted again on the Brunswick Picture House.
Now the source of entertainment ranging from cabaret, film, circus and live theater, this is worth a visit. Grab a sweet or savoury treat from the Bruns Bakery or take a glorious scenic walk along the river to the beach.
Federal / Newrybar
Take in the scenic forest hinterland as you wind around Colamon Scenic Drive
A gorgeous part of the land, grab a Japanese feast at popular Doma Café in Federal before exploring the unique retail experience of Newrybar Merchants, a collective display of local artisans and curators of fine good.
Definitely not to be missed is the culinary experience of Harvest Café. Book online to save disappointment.
It has become a Mecca among surfers for its famous right hand break
Lennox Point – that is one of the top ten surf breaks in Australia.
Along the main street you’ll find boutiques. Check out the popular café restaurant Shelter and just down the road, the tea-tree stained waters of Lake Ainsworth. Only a 20 minute drive south from East on Byron.
Just 20 minutes in-land from East on Byron, this is another picturesque town, persevered in time.
Nestled at the base of Mount Chincogan, Mullumbimby is full of great cafes, art and the historic Middle Pub.
Visit the exquisite Crystal Castle and wander the magical gardens of mystic statues, walk the ancient labyrinth and indulge in the local produce and coffee. A great place to take the kids.
Sleepy little pocket of Byron on the beach.
Suffolk Park is situated just outside of Byron Bay.
Treat yourself at the Suffolk Park bakery and then head for a dip and a surf at Broken Head