Visitor Information:
Ballina Australia

Shire Population
Ballina and surrounding districts 36,000 persons
Ballina (town only) 18,000 persons

Total Shire Area
490 square kilometres
(190 sq. miles)

Mild sub-tropical, cooled by ocean breezes

Average Temperature
Summer - 28 degrees C
(82 degrees F)
Winter - 21 degrees C
(70 degrees F)

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 Hinterland
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.

Jet Airport
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, Ballina is...
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

Travelling by train, Ballina is...
12 hours north of Sydney
23 hours north of Melbourne
(the nearest train stations are in Lismore
and Byron Bay)

Travelling by air, Ballina is...
1.5 hours north of Sydney
18 hours south-west of Los Angeles
28 hours south-east of London

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