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Guide to Ballina
Guide to Ballina

Interesting places and facts about the city Ballina in Australia

Ballina is a cozy coastal city in New South Wales, Northern River region. What to tell about the city? Well, it's a home to a world's largest monument to a prawn. Locals and tourists often make shots in front of it and look very happy. Generally, to be serious, Ballina is a holiday town - perfect place for romantic weekend tour. This place is known not only for its "prawn".

Nature Activities & Related Attractions

Ballina is located in the mouth of Richmond River, as well as has simply the best shore conditions for great surfing and relaxing on beaches. Among waterside attractions the tourists are often delighted with river cruises and extreme kayaking. If that's too much or you're "too old for all this", you can relax in one of the seashore cafes and watch the fishing boats departing at sunset while tasting cocktails. Ballina has 25 km of paths for cycling and freeriding. You can rent the bicycle and explore the Richmond River itself and the whole sea coastline. The companies will help you with that: Transition Cycles, The Bicycle Emporium, and Sunrise Cycles. The same for river tours and kayaking: Richmond River Cruises, Kayak Ballina Tours. Well, for a snack, bushwalking. What's that? Walking through the local "river forests" and exploring the bright birdlife. If you want it in more organized way, Ballina is close to many national parks like Broadwater and Bundjalong. Just take a canoe and run through Evans River. If interested in a heritage walk, go on for Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to see the dolphins playing on the surface of calm waters. During the whale-watching season the seashore is a perfect place to spot migrating whales. At Byron Bay Air Charter they fly anywhere, anytime, any weather. If you're rich enough, try one of their tours and joy the flight!
Starting with that you’ll be surely delighted with the freshly caught magnitude of seafood, including famous local prawns. The best topical places are the affordable and popular Wild Prawn Cafe Bar as a part of the Ballina Beach Resort with its modern Australian food, Wharf Bar & Restaurant with best views on the Ballina River, and the Ballina Manor offering best accommodation and representing the only haute cuisine establishment in Ballina. Continuing the topic of modern Australian cuisine, let's mention another pair of places: Boardwalk at Ballina RSL, Café Swish, Evolution Cafe and Bar, and Fleurs Restaurant.
Calendar of events and festivals and markets in Ballina is very tight, that may seem strange for such a distant small town. Starting with the Ballina Fine Food and Wine Festival, the Ballina Prawn Festival, and ending with Anzac Day Celebrations, Ballina Lions Fun-Run-Walk, as well as popular annual Craft and Garden Fair at the Alstonville Leisure Centre. Continuing to surprise you with the wide range of tourist services available here, let's note that Ballina has as usual apartments, as hostels with "bed and breakfast" option, campings, holiday parks, cute seashore cottages, and even farmstays, not mentioning usual motels, resorts , retreats, and lodges! The prices are varying, that's why simply anybody can find the appropriate accommodation option.

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