Ballina and surrounding districts 36,000 persons
Ballina (town only) 18,000 persons
490 square kilometres (190
Mild sub-tropical, cooled by ocean
Summer - 28 degrees C (82
Winter - 21 degrees C (70 degrees
32 magnificent kilometres, with many fine surf beaches
Ballina is surrounded by water.
Central Ballina itself is an island, nestling between the twin arms of
the Richmond River and North Creek. The Richmond meets the South
Pacific at Ballina. There is water, water everywhere - which explains
why swimming, fishing, surfing and boating are such popular pastimes.
And let's not forget whale-watching and dolphin-spotting!
The surrounding districts are green
and lush and very scenic. Close by are the towns of Lismore, Nimbin
and Byron Bay, as well as many smaller villages and peaceful rural
vistas. There are a number of large national parks in the area.
Ballina is serviced by a modern
jet airport. There are regular air services from Sydney and Brisbane.
Taxi services connect to the town - it's about a 5 minute ride from
the airport to the centre of Ballina.
Travelling by car,
25 minutes south of Byron Bay
35 minutes east of Lismore
1.5 hours south of the Gold Coast
3 hours south of Brisbane
9 hours north of Sydney
22 hours north of Melbourne
train, Ballina is...
12 hours north of Sydney
23 hours north of Melbourne
(the nearest train stations are in Lismore
and Byron Bay)
air, Ballina is...
1.5 hours north of Sydney
18 hours south-west of Los Angeles
28 hours south-east of London