Take a ferry ride in your car to South Ballina and enjoy an off road, 4WD beach adventure
Drive the stretch of beach from South Ballina to Evans Head. There is free beach access near the South Ballina Wall and at Patches Beach, at low tide drive the 30kms to Evans head. Stick to the hard sand to protect turtle and bird nests in the dunes.
From Ballina, take the Burns Point Ferry that operates 7 days a week from 5am until midnight. A one-way crossing starts from $6, weekly and monthly passes are available. On your first trip over, get a receipt for your one way trip, if you are staying at the Dolphin Bay Beach Village, the holiday park at South Ballina, present it at check-in and get the cost of the ferry off your first nights accommodation.
Swim, keep calm & cool off
There are calm waters at Mobbs Bay which provides beautiful, crystal clear river estuary swimming. We don’t recommend swimming at South Ballina Beach because it is not patrolled and the ocean can be rough. Stick to fishing in the ocean instead. If you choose to stay at The Dolphin Bay Beach Village (the only accommodation option at South Ballina) they have two swimming pools to choose from.
Great facilities and dog friendly
The Dolphin Bay Beach Village is a fantastic spot to relax and unwind with the family or a group. The campsites are spacious and there is a variety of cabins, some very basic, others more deluxe. The amenities here are great, all well maintained and clean, including a great camp kitchen and pool area. It is a short walk to the beach and river, you really feel like you are camping in nature here, sites are very spacious not like a traditional tourist park where your neighbours are a little too close for comfort!
At South Ballina you can do surf, rock and estuary fishing. The Café at the Beach Village sells NSW Fishing Licences along with bait and tackle. They have fresh fish and chips on the menu too in case you don’t catch anything.
Family friendly dining
The Mermaids Café at the Dolphin Bay Beach Village is the only place for eats at South Ballina, the cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday evenings they put on some live music which sets the resort feel and you instantly know you are on holidays. The menu is casual and simple, choices such as burgers, tacos, steak sandwiches and fish and chips but it’s delicious. The outside deck also overlooks a cool kids playground (think a natures playground and old ship wharf), so mums and dads can enjoy a coffee or a meal and watch the kids.
Align & link your mind, body & soul
The full moon retreats are organised around the star signs and the full moon, they offer a three-day, two-night program designed and facilitated by some of the region’s leading holistic practitioners; who will take you on a journey to help release and find a new frequency. Start your day with yoga, enjoy nourishing meals, participate in a guided release, the drumming circle, fire ritual, a sound healing and self-guided nature walk. Check out when the next Laughing Buddha Retreat is being held.
Our Must Dos for South Ballina!
SUNSET PARADISE – Walk to Mobbs Bay at Sunset for some great photo opportunities and to spot eagles and dolphins.
NATURE LOVERS – Bring your binoculars for dolphin and whale spotting (in season) and bird watching.
ROMANTIC RIDE – Book a horse ride along South Ballina Beach with nearby Tassariki Ranch.
DAY TRIP – Set out for a day exploring along Tourist Drive 28.