Ballina / Byron
For a holiday resort setting that is both tranquil and vibrant, look no further than Ballina. The town is a commercial and entertainment centre for the region, with modern cafes and restaurants and outstanding local seafood. If country pubs are more your scene, you are spoilt for choice.
Ballina has a colourful history, that can viewed at the local museums, or relax at the local theatre or galleries that showcase the considerable creative talents of the local artists.
Ballina is a great family holiday destination, and offers plenty of great shops, funky boutiques and designer stores.
Sandy beaches and crystal waterways
Located on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River, Ballina is surrounded by 30-odd kilometres of beautiful, sandy beaches and amazing crystal waterways. It is a drawcard for all outdoor holiday seekers, including beach-lovers, surfers, boatsmen, fisherman and nature lovers.
Enjoy an historic river cruise on the Richmond river, or take in the wetlands of North Creek's upper reaches by canoe.
Ballina has a spectacular coastline that is perfect for four-wheel-drive touring, or jump on a bicycle and discover kilometres of well-paved bike paths. One of the most popular holiday pursuits is watching the annual migration of humpback whales from vantage points at the lighthouse or Skennars Head.
Fish at Flat Rock
The fishing at Flat Rock and Angels Beach is legendary and, if you wet line at dawn from Ballina's North or South Walls, you're in for a breakfast feast.
Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia's eastern seaboard, and is a popular beach resort township that embraces alternative lifestyles.
Beaches and rainforests
Highly regarded by holiday goers for its surf beaches and pristine rainforests, Byron Bay today epitomises a relaxed and luxurious lifestyle that has become a favourite for many travellers. Various adventure sports, fine dining and live entertainment are also available.
Cape Byron Lighthouse
The Cape Byron Lighthouse is a popular place to visit for its spectacular views.
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