The New South Wales Northern Rivers are undeniably one of the most beautiful areas in the state and feature some of the country’s best river landscapes. The main commercial and entertainment hub of the area is the town of Ballina, and although it is often overshadowed by the popular tourist destination, Byron Bay, it offers something unique and different that Byron simply cannot compete with.
Ballina is centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River and is nestled amongst a total of 32 kilometres of stunning, white sandy beaches. Essentially, Ballina is a natural fun park for beach lovers, surfers, keen fishers, and eager boaties and eco-adventurers. There are so many beautiful beaches that the only difficulty you will have here is choosing which ones to visit. The great thing about the Ballina beaches is that they still enjoy the great surf and sheer beauty of the Byron beaches, but without all the crowds.
The river also plays a prominent role in the community and is the source of much recreational pleasure. Take a river cruise along the Richmond and you will be able to partake in a spot of fishing, spot some humpback whales or simply sit back and take in your stunning surrounds. If you want to put your fishing rod to further use, take a short drive in your car rental out to Flat Rock or Angels Beach, the area’s secret hotspots for excellent fishing.
If the beach and river is not for you and you would simply prefer to browse the shops and enjoy some local cuisine at a trendy cafe, than a stroll along River Street is sure to please. The street runs parallel to the river and is where you will discover some fantastic cafes, restaurants and boutiques. There are also two major shopping centres, which will further ensure your shopping experience in Ballina is one to remember.
Next time you are in the great state of New South Wales, you just have to take a few days to explore the wonder and beauty of Ballina. The best way to do this is by renting a car, and there are several car hire depots in the area that will make this experience simple. Whatever you choose to do here, you are guaranteed not to leave disappointed!