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Things to do in Ballina

27 Feb 2023
5 minutes

Ballina is an area in the northern regions of NSW, boasting a host of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or something in between, Ballina has something for everyone.


Ballina surfing is world-renowned, and it’s no wonder! With over 32 kilometres of beaches to explore, Ballina offers some of the best waves in the world. Whether you’re just beginning or an experienced surfer, you can find a spot that suits your skill level. There are often perfect barrels rolling off North Wall and the world-famous right-hand break at Lennox Point.

The expansive coastline means there are plenty of options for different types of surfing. Along the coast, you’ll find spots to try out different boards and styles. There are beaches that allow for four-wheel vehicle access and some that also allow for dogs. And if you want a break from the waves, there are other activities like kayaking or paddleboarding.


Horse Riding

Experience Ballina’s stunning scenery from atop a horse. Local riding schools offer lessons for all levels of riders, from beginners to experienced equestrians. The breathtaking coastline is home to spectacular wildlife, this is a perfect way to create a memorable holiday. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing ride or an exciting adventure, guided horse rides in Ballina is sure to be memorable.


Ballina and its surrounding area is home to many different species of fish, so it’s no surprise that fishing is a popular activity. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely day on the water or you want to compete in angling competitions, Ballina has something for everyone. Spend time on the riverbank, lake, or ocean and try your hand at catching trout, salmon, bream, and more.

Bike Hire

Explore the region on two wheels with bike hire. Hire a mountain or road bike and take to the trails, roads, and paths that span Ballina’s stunning landscape. There are plenty of routes for all levels of riders. And if you get tired during your ride, there are plenty of cafes, pubs, and restaurants to refuel and recharge.


Kayak Hire

Kayaking is another fun activity to try with friends and family in Ballina. Hire a kayak and explore the local rivers, creeks, and lakes. Take in the sights of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes as you paddle your way to adventure. For more fab ideas of things to do, and where to do in Ballina, check out our what's local to Ballina guide.

Looking for something a bit more relaxing? Have a read of our relaxing Ballina activities here.

Where to stay in Ballina NSW

Looking for accommodation in Ballina NSW? At Reflections Ballina, you have a choice of powered sites or cabin options, giving you the perfect base from which to explore the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

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Is Ballina NSW worth visiting?

Yes, Ballina is a beautiful area of NSW that offers something for everyone. From surfing and horse riding to fishing and bike hire, there are plenty of activities and attractions to enjoy during all seasons.

What to do in Ballina when it’s raining?

Although best enjoyed in the outdoors, there's still much to do in Ballina when it's raining. Head indoors to museums, art galleries, and shopping centres, or visit local cafes and restaurants for a warm cup of coffee. For a unique experience, try indoor rock climbing at one of the area's many gyms.

What is Ballina known for?

Ballina is known for its stunning beaches and surf breaks, as well as its outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, horse riding and biking. It's also known for its vibrant local culture with music and art festivals held throughout the year. Additionally, Ballina is famous for its delicious seafood and other culinary delights.

Is Ballina good for a holiday?

Yes, Ballina is a great destination for a holiday. Whether you're looking to relax and unwind or engage in outdoor activities, there's something for everyone here. With its stunning beaches, diverse wildlife, and vibrant atmosphere, Ballina is sure to provide an unforgettable holiday experience.

Stay at Shaws Bay, Lennox head which is just 5 mins drive or at our Ballina Park.