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.

How to get here

Ballina is on the Pacific Highway, a 9-10 hour drive north of Sydney, and 2½ hours drive south of Brisbane. Ballina airport is now serviced by several flights a day from Sydney. Interstate coaches and local buses serve Ballina.

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