Discover East Ballina

Discover East Ballina

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Discovering East Ballina

East Ballina boasts pristine stretches of sandy beach, some littered with thousands of shells (hence the name Shelly Beach), rugged coastline and one of the most stunning coastal walks in the country. If you are seeking awesome views or vantage stops to watch the waves, check out surf spots or the odd whale – head for East Ballina. This is Ballina’s version of Sydney’s Eastern Beach Suburbs. So get discovering…

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A PLACE WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES
A family friendly holiday park located in a quiet and scenic area of East Ballina is the Discovery Park. The facilities and activities available to children (and adults) are outstanding. The water park, heated pool, mini golf, volley ball, pedal carts, water sport equipment, school holiday programs and kids nook, make for a memorable holiday and guarantee the kids will be entertained.

Spend a peaceful week in one of the luxurious Lakeside Waterfront Bungalows, or perhaps a more active family holiday based in one of the modern Deluxe Villas. You can always bring a tent or park your caravan and stay on one of the serviced sites – it’s up to you!

Do you like to travel with your family pet? Discovery Parks Ballina have ensuite and premium sites available where ‘man’s best friend’ is welcome.  You can also book cabin accommodation with your dog or even a Luxury Spa Villa – now that’s something to bark about.

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EAT & DRINK ON THE BEACH
There are a few excellent choices in East Ballina. The Lighthouse Beach Café open early for breakfast, lunch and dinner in summer. You feel like you are floating above the sand looking out over the beach, the perfect spot and the meals are always delicious. The Wild Prawn Café and Bar is a good option for seafood and cocktail lovers. Be sure to check out their menu or pop in at happy hour. The Belle General Café along Shelly Beach Road opens at 8am for breakfast and lunch. Do yourself a favour and try it – you’ll be hooked.

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GET ON YOUR BIKE
And enjoy the Coastal Recreational Path and Aboriginal Cultural ways. Walk or ride through natural reserve along the beautiful Ballina Coast. Bring your own bikes or hire them from The Bicycle Emporium and enjoy exploring the coast between East Ballina all the way to Lennox Head.

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SURF, SAND AND SHAWS BAY
If you love the action of the waves, Lighthouse Beach is an excellent patrolled beach in East Ballina. Follow the Coastal Path to the Ballina Lookout (and Lighthouse) and you’ll find Shelly Beach on the other side. It is worth a walk along this beach early morning to discover all the new shells that wash up on this beach each morning.

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A STAND-UP COMMUNITY
Shaws Bay is a family friendly, safe tidal bay that provides the perfect place for swimming and recreational use. There are several little beaches dotted around its perimeter so go exploring and find your favourite spot.

It is also the perfect spot to do some stand-up paddleboarding. If you’d like to give it a go, contact Ballina SUP or Ballina Beachworkz and get cracking.

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MUST DOs:

  • Set out for a day exploring the coast along Tourist Drive 30 to nearby Byron Bay.
  • Snorkel in nearby Shaws Bay or swim in its calm, clean fresh salt water.
  • Walk the coastal path to Black Head Angels Beach and discover the areas unique Aboriginal heritage.
  • Stroll along the break wall at sunset and spot dolphins frolicking in the river.
  • Walk to Ballina Lookout and enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline. Visit Ballina’s Lighthouse while you are there.
  • Set up your camping chairs on the waterfront of Shaws Bay on Sunday afternoons with a picnic and listen to the tunes playing from the Shawsy across the water.
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