Top things to do in Ballina

Top Choice Cafe in Ballina

Belle General

The perfect beachside cafe and local favourite for good reason, Belle specialises in gluten-free dishes – everything from eggs on kale and blueberry hotcakes to lamb burgers, paleo veggie lasagne and fish tacos. You…
Top Choice Brewery in Ballina

Seven Mile Brewing

Flight delayed? Lucky you. Located next to Ballina airport, Seven Mile Brewing may be new on the scene but this family-run business is already receiving well-deserved praise. The warehouse brewery usually has eight …
Top Choice French in Ballina

Che Bon

Relocating from the country to the centre of Ballina, Che Bon, headed up by chef Rodolphe who hails from Burgundy, has quickly become a firm favourite for its well-executed French cuisine – to the extent that it's c…
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 …
Coffee in Ballina

Old Quarter Coffee

While you might not be too keen to hang out in an industrial area when visiting the coast, it's worth heading out to Old Quarter's warehouse cafe for its well-made single-origin coffee. Beans are ethically sourced d…
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 breakfasts and some good comfort food for lunch, including beer battered fish and chips, and a rang…
Pizza in Ballina

Wharf Bar & Restaurant

Take in the Richmond River views from this breezy wharf restaurant. While most of the food is a little disappointing, come here for the tasty wood-fired pizzas – try the simple bufalina with dollops of buffalo mozza…
Coffee in Ballina

Green Coast Coffee

Green Coast is hidden away in the Riverwalk Arcade, close to the Richmond River, and does well-made coffee by Sydney roaster Single O – sit in or grab a takeaway for a wander along the waterfront. It also does a ful…
Cafe in Ballina

Belle Central

At the busy CBD outpost of the popular Belle General at Shelly Beach, you can expect the same tasty wholefoods and gluten-free options here, along with delicious sweet treats and excellent coffee.
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.