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Things to do in Shaws Bay

10 May 2023
5 minutes

Shaws Bay is a beautiful and scenic bay located in northern NSW in the town of Ballina. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering a range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy.

The bay itself is situated right on the Richmond River and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. It is a great spot for swimming, fishing, kayaking, and picnics on sandy beaches. The water is generally calm and safe for swimming, making it a popular spot for families.

Check out the full list of things to do in Ballina, but Shaws Bay has its own charms that are worth a weekend.

Reset, connect, and breathe again at Shaws Bay Holiday Park


Take advantage of the calm bay

Shaws Bay was formed when the northern wall of the Richmond River was constructed near the river entrance, creating a beautiful tidal bay in eastern Ballina, it's a peaceful recess from the nearby beach and river, featuring disabled parking bays and gently sloping beaches.

Take a stroll along the foreshore walk, which offers stunning views of the water and surrounding scenery, or rent canoes and paddle around the calm waters of the bay and down the nearby river. The calm waters also make a perfect swimming spot, not too deep and with sandy ground. It's also an excellent way to practice your snorkelling and canoeing before heading out into the rivers and beaches.


Family picnics and local eating

There is a large grassy area surrounding the bay, which makes for an enjoyable recreation area perfect for picnics and outdoor activities. There are also several BBQ facilities, public toilets, and a playground for children.

In addition to its natural beauty, Shaws Bay is also home to several restaurants and cafes, serving up delicious meals and drinks with stunning views of the bay.

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What is Ballina famous for?

This town is famous for many reasons, including its natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. But really, everyone recognises it by the big prawn built in 1989 that towers 9m high.

Come for the prawn, stay for the beaches.

Is Shaws Bay dog friendly?

Shaws Bay holiday park is a dog-friendly park, with multiple dog-friendly accommodation options from campsites to cabins. There are also plenty of nearby dog-friendly beaches, like Sharpes Beach, Angels Beach, and Seven Mile Beach, the last of which has off-leash areas.

Where is Shaws Bay?

Shaws Bay is a beautiful bay located in the town of Ballina, which is situated on the east coast of New South Wales, Australia. The bay itself is situated on the Richmond River and its shores are hugged by neighbouring holiday parks, making it easy to access Shaws Bay from your holiday accommodation.