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A country township in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Ballina is located on the Pacific Highway on the northern shore of the Richmond River only one hour from the Gold Coast. A thriving community, Ballina has some of the most beautiful beaches and picturesque headlands on the east coast of Australia.
Established in the 1840s, Ballina remained a port till the mid 20th century for the logging of the large stands of Australian Red Cedar found throughout the region. Captain Henry Rous an early explorer, first discovered the Richmond River in 1828 and named it after the fifth Duke of Richmond.
Ballina is an ideal destination for a family holiday or a romantic adventure for two. Features of the town centre include restaurants and cafes, cinema, ten pin bowling and a skate bowl. Venture out a bit and there are many attractions to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
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Enjoy a day at the races with the Carlton Draught Ballina Cup run in mid September each year. It attracts large fields and crowds. Held at the Ballina Jockey Club only 2 kilometres from the town centre, it is adjacent to white sandy beaches and clear waterways. Featuring the Fashion on the fields, this is an excellent chance to dress up and enjoy a day at the races.
The Starlight Wellbeing Expo is a relaxing experience held each year in April. Start each morning with a blessing from a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and Chant Master. The festival features talks, workshops and informal café chats. Participate in crystal singing bowl music and meet some of the areas finest readers and healers. Explore the latest complimentary medicines, discuss other realities and possibilities.
The Festival of the Fish n Chips is an annual event in Brunswick Heads in January. Family entertainment at its best, the reflection of lights on the water is a beautiful back-drop to enjoy. Carnival rides and side show alley will keep the children entertained. As part of this festival, the Brunswick Valley Woodchop Carnival showcases first class axemen from all over Australia and New Zealand as they compete in these events. “State of Origin” is not just for rugby league with teams from Queensland and New South Wales in a relay competing in the battle of the states. Entertainment for all with exhibitions and displays, fishing contents, surf carnivals and live entertainment.
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Ballina Airport has links to many of the eastern state capitals and regional airports. Jetstar, Regional Express and Virgin Blue provide daily flights.