Spend two days on the water exploring the Ballina & Lennox Coast
Head out early from Ballina on a Dolphin Cruise with Out of the Blue Adventures along the iconic coast line, past Lennox head to Cape Byron. This unique adventure cruise allows you to get up close with marine life and experience this magnificent stretch of Australia’s most easterly coastline.
Arrive back in Ballina and after a spot of lunch on the riverfront at The Wharf Bar & Restaurant. Take a journey north of Ballina towards Lennox Head following Tourist Drive 30.
On the way, stop and walk the Coastal Recreational Path. The path runs along the Ballina coastline to Skennars Head and crosses country that is of special significance to Aboriginal people.
Local keepers of cultural knowledge share stories and memories through interpretive signage that can be viewed along the path. The scenery is beautiful, and it’s mostly shady through the nature reserve. Great for biking or scootering along!
Closer to Lennox Head, stop at the Pat Morton Lookout and enjoy the elevated panoramic views over the township of Lennox Head and beyond to Cape Byron. The headland offers a beachfront pathway to the township of Lennox Head and a coastal clifftop walking track to the southern beaches.
From the main street of Lennox Head, stop in and grab a homemade gelato and head to the therapeutic tea tree infused waters of Lake Ainsworth. Spend the afternoon cooling off and relaxing around the lake in this natural wonderland!
Or spend the afternoon relaxing at the Montanna Retreat and Day Spa, a tropical oasis minutes from Lennox Head. This stunning retreat is set in lush tropical gardens with beautiful rural views and offers luxurious treatments, access to a natural hot spring roman bath and magnesium swimming pool.
Rise and Shine and explore Ballina Island on the water with Odyssey Wake Surf & Ski. They offer tailor-made tours of the Ballina region and its beautiful waterways in a super fun way.
The town of Ballina is set back along the mighty Richmond River, but if you head East to the North Wall you’ll see where the river meets the ocean and get to check out Ballina’s beaches. They are wide, vast and largely unpopulated, making them a great spot to get a car park up close to the waves without any stress.
Head to North Wall, near the Marine tower and get out into the fresh air and stretch your legs with a walk along the wall. Here you can spot dolphins in the Richmond River or surfing the waves at Lighthouse Beach. It is simply a breathtaking walk and a great place to watch local surfers in action.
Follow the coastal path towards the Surf Club and stop in at the Lighthouse Beach Café for a coffee, a drink or a bite to eat. The views from this café are breathtaking! You feel like you are hovering over the sand. Here you’ve got a birds eye view.
Walking up the path to the lookout you can see this whole section of coast. Across the road and on the hill is Ballina’s Lighthouse, a baby sister to the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Back in Ballina as the sun sets, watch it light up the sky from one of the bars or eateries on the banks of the Richmond River. This is also a great spot to watch the dolphins fishing in the river and hear them come up for a breath of fresh air.
The Cove restaurant underneath the Ramada specialises in fresh local seafood. It is a great place to watch the river and enjoy a cocktail, fresh local prawns, bugs or a whole snapper!