Activities and Attractions
Ballina – Home of the Big Prawn!
Sample some Australian Seafood cuisine at local restaurants where prawns are a speciality. You can’t miss the Big Prawn as you drive into Ballina from the south. Seek out the Fishermens’ CoOps for your BBQ or sample the best at one of the areas Seafood Restaurants. So fresh from the sea to you in Ballina.
Richmond River Cruises
Cruise Ballina’s majestic Richmond River with Richmond River Cruises, aboard the MV Richmond Princess. The Princess is available for groups, functions and special events. Take a two-hour Devonshire tea cruise, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, complete with commentary!
Whether you enjoy surf casting boat fishing or dropping a line off the river mouth and river jetties there is always something to catch at Ballina.Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Richmond River estuary. Catch Bream, Jewfish and other local fish. Catch your own Australian seafood in natural surroundings.
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
An intriguing local attraction dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Royal Australian Navy and the Maritime History of the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Ballina Pool and Waterslide
Enjoy a refreshing swim in the sparkling pool in tropical surroundings, overlooking the Richmond River. Giant Waterslides are located within the grounds. It’s safe, fully supervised and great family fun!!
Thursday Plantation – Pacific Highway, Ballina
Discover the magic of natural therapies in a rainforest garden with Australia’s finest regional sculpture park and the splendid “Spirit of Australia Maze”. Open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Weekends and Public holidays 10am – 4pm
The Macadamia Castle has been a favourite destination for over 35 years. A quality café serves delicious snacks and meals with local made coffee a specialty. Have a fun day at the animal park with native birds, animals and reptiles. Barbeques and picnic areas, mini golf, playground, a train ride and an adventure tree house!
Visit the magical gardens of crystal castle, walk the ancient labyrinth among mystical statues. Books, gems and jewellery are on offer, along with local produce and coffee at Lotus Café. Perfect as a venue for weddings, and an enchanting day out for the whole family.