Top things to do in Ballina

Top Choice Cafe in Ballina

Belle General

Eggs on kale; coconut and date loaf; blueberry hotcakes. Lamb burgers, paleo veggie lasagne, nasi goreng…everything is gluten-free, unless you're having something on sourdough toast, but even then you can sub in som…
Gallery in Ballina

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

An excellent regional gallery representing the strong creative community that is an essential part of this region. Housed in the historic former Ballina Municipal Council Chambers, built in 1927, it hosts a rota of …
Cafe in Ballina

Lighthouse Beach Cafe

With terrific views of East Ballina's Lighthouse Beach, this family-friendly cafe at the surf club turns out hearty breakfast platters and some good comfort food, including pasta and fish and chips, for lunch and di…
Market in Ballina

Ballina Markets

These car-boot-style markets are Ballina's biggest. They are held by the river on the third Sunday of each month.
Market in Ballina

Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

Year-round market full of locally grown and made goodies. Held every Sunday.
Museum in Ballina

Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum

In the 19th century Ballina was the third-largest port in NSW, and following WWII many ex-navy personnel took jobs in the shipyards here. One of the most interesting displays is the balsa-wood raft that sailed acros…
Landmark in Ballina

Big Prawn

Ballina's big prawn was nearly thrown on the BBQ in 2009, but no one had the stomach to dispatch it. After a 5000-signature pro-prawn petition and a $400,000 restoration in 2013, the 9m, 35-tonne, 30-year-old crusta…
Cafe in Ballina

Ballina Gallery Cafe

Ballina's 1920s former council chambers are home to the town's best cafe. Interesting breakfasts such as saganaki baked eggs and green fritters are offered with a side serve of contemporary art. Dine inside or outsi…
Modern Australian in Ballina

Fleur's Restaurant

You'd never expect such an over-the-top dining room to be lurking within a budget chain hotel, but here it is, and it serves nicely presented if rather old-fashioned dishes.
Cafe in Ballina

Evolution Espresso Bar

During the day this little cafe is a reliable spot for coffee, cake and free wi-fi, or an afternoon tipple on the deck. On Friday and Saturday nights it morphs into a bar.