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Fishy Sculpture on Ballina House Rooftop
Fishy Sculpture on Ballina House Rooftop
Breakwall Beach. Photo Grandview Apartments
Breakwall Beach. Photo Grandview Apartments
Ballina Coastline. Don Fuchs, Tourism NSW
Ballina Coastline. Don Fuchs, Tourism NSW
Cycling Pathway, Ballina. Don Fuchs, TNSW
Cycling Pathway, Ballina. Don Fuchs, TNSW
Ballina Cycleways. Photo Grand View Apartments
Ballina Cycleways. Photo Grand View Apartments
Exhibition Display at the Ballina Maritime Museum
Exhibition Display at the Ballina Maritime Museum
Aerial View of Grand View Apartments in Ballina
Aerial View of Grand View Apartments in Ballina
View of Ballina Coastline. Mike Leonard, TNSW
View of Ballina Coastline. Mike Leonard, TNSW

Ballina Information

Ballina in New South Wales is a coastal town with a population of about 17,000 people and was first established in 1840. The name Ballina in the Aboriginal language means “Place of many oysters”.

The town is situated on the mouth of the Richmond River which was a very important transport route in the early days of settlement. Today Ballina is more of a tourist hot spot and a very popular destination to see.

A very noticeable icon in town is the Big Prawn which is the world’s largest concrete and fibreglass statute located in town. The Prawn symbolises the magnificent marine wildlife and fishing Ballina has to offer. Many other water sports are popular especially surfing as Ballina boasts some of the finest surfing beaches in New South Wales.

The Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum located in Regatta Avenue is a great place to visit to discover the history of Ballina. The museum houses a significant collection of model ships of Australia with the centrepiece being the fully restored Las Balsa expedition of 1973 which landed at Ballina.

Another great activity to do when visiting Ballina is to take the three hour or seven hour Aboriginal cultural tour. On tour you will discover the mythological sites and hear stories of local Aboriginal legends. The tour also teaches the Aboriginal history and how landscape was created by the goanna and the snake. Tours depart from the local visitor centre and are well worth the experience.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday souvenir to take back home with you then look no further than the Sea Silks Gallery. The gallery features magnificent works of art from artist Kim Michelle Toft which draws her inspiration from the magnificent beaches and marine life nearby. Kim Michelle Toft is also a keen conservationist which her works portray.

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Giant Prawn in Ballina on Building. Photo by Wildlight, Tourism New South Wales
Giant Prawn in Ballina on Building. Photo by Wildlight, Tourism New South Wales
Fishing Boats Docked in Harbour at Ballina. Photo by Tourism New South Wales
Fishing Boats Docked in Harbour at Ballina. Photo by Tourism New South Wales