Ballina Attractions - Ballina, NSW

Ballina Attractions

This region extends from the north end of Seven Mile Beach to the coastal town of Evans Head on Evans River in the south. The western boundary follows the Pacific Highway through to New Italy before turning inland.

Ballina, Alstonville, Lenox Head and Evans Head are the principal towns of the region. Lesser known towns include Knockrow, Wollongbar, Teven, Tuckurimba, Wardell and Broadwater.

The region’s landscape was formed by huge flows of volcanic basalt that covered the surface of most of the Northern Rivers Regions to a depth of 300 metres. The rim of the ancient Tweed Volcano over which flowed much of this basalt is evident far to the north in the curling ridges of the Night Cap and McPherson Ranges.

Ballina – Ballina sits beside the broad estuary of the Richmond River that follows the coast southwards as far as the town of Woodburn before turning inland to the smaller towns of Bungawalbin and Coraki. The Courthouse and Post Office (1889) are fine examples of colonial buildings that remain. Ballina is also home to the Naval and Maritime Museum where displays of the balsa wood raft from the 1973 Las Balsas Trans Pacific Expedition can be seen. The raft left Ecuador in 1973 arriving at the Australian coast at Ballina, 178 days later.

Features

Attractions
Bundjalung National Park – named after the Aboriginal inhabitants of this region, the park protects more than 20,000 hectares of beaches, headlands, swamps, rivers and heathland extending from Lluca at the mouth of the Clarence River north to Evans Head. The park has fine examples of coastal and sub-tropical rainforest.

Lake Ainsworth – located at the northern outskirts of Lenox Head and extending along Seven Mile Beach this freshwater lake is an unusual natural feature separated at its narrowest point by only 50 metres of sand from the Pacific Ocean. The lake’s waters are very dark in colour. Local wisdom holds that there is a unique chemistry in the water with health enhancing properties.

Location

Ballina, NSW, 2478