Ballina is on the Pacific Highway, and sits on the northern shore of the Richmond River near Cape Byron, the most eastern point of Australia. The Richmond River and its estuaries are brimming with marine wildlife and for many years have remained a favourite of fishermen and water sports enthusiasts alike. Ballina is surrounded by 32km of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. It has long been viewed as one of the most beautiful spots in Australia with fantastic coastal photography opportunities appearing on every bend in the road. For travellers wanting to explore the more real and natural aspects of the great Australia outback, Ballina offers trips to rainforests and other natural attractions.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is the gateway to one of Australia’s most thought after natural beauty spots and most visited regions. It is located in the Northern Rivers region, and has good links to most of the eastern state capitals and regional airports. From Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, it takes only 20 km to reach the heart of the city. Ballina Bryon Gateway Airport prides itself on having good customer relations and thus provides ample parking, shuffle buses, taxi and limousine services, and car rentals.
What to see & do
The townships of the Northern rivers region are known for their music, arts and cultural events which are held annually. It also has an excellent array of eateries, restaurants and cafes all serving up fantastic fresh and locally grown produce including some of the best seafood on the continent.
There are an abundance of ‘Once in a Life Time’ activities on offer such as skydiving, windsurfing, kite sailing, whale and dolphin watching. Temperate and tropical waters merge at Byron Bay, making it a popular area for scuba diving and snorkelling. Visitors can head to the newly established Cape Bryon Marine Park for amazing diving spots.
Byron Bay is the former New South Wales whaling station turned tourist town and is one of Australia’s major beach town destinations. There are subtropical rainforests such as Nightcap National Park and the Minyon Falls are all within reach of the town. The town itself has acted as a mecca for surfers and hippy types since the 1960’s, and up on till recently had a real bohemian vide, with visitors in sarongs and dreadlocks being the common fashion. You can be forgiven for thinking that this is one destination that has probably lost its soul a little, due to the amount of tourism going on. Regardless of how many more visitors the town receives year on year, it still manages to hold on to its small town charms and character.
For nature lovers, there are great walks and cycle ways in place for those who like to explore at their own pace. A path runs from the center of the town to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. The lighthouse which was built in 1901 is apparently the most powerful lighthouse in the southern hemisphere.
Getting There & Around
From the airport, visitors can take the airport shuttle to the nearby Lennox Head and Byron Bay. Visitors can choose to take a taxi from outside the terminal building to Bryron Bay but it might be quite expensive.
A convenient way to explore Ballina would be to rent a car for a couple of days from Avis, Hertz or Europcar dealers who have counters at the airport. Driving around would enable visitors to explore the town freely and conveniently.