Seven Mile Beach is one of Australia’s finest and longest beaches. The vast expanse holds all the sun, fun and animal life you could wish for. Here you can watch the dolphins play and the eagles soar from the horse back. Pegasus Park offers excellent horseback riding under the supervision of an expert E.F.A. Grade 1 instructor.
The Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum has an eclectic collection of models of ships and aircrafts, paintings of warships, and an extensive library. The most famous exhibit is the raft Las Balsas, which landed at Ballina on 21 November, 1973 after a 178-day journey from Ecuador.
With more than 32 kilometres of beautiful winding coastline, you will not have to search to find a perfect surfing spot. The calm sandy beaches and rising swells are perfect for getting your surf on. Summerland Surf School conducts regular classes at Evans Head, suitable for all ages no matter what previous experience you have.
Adjacent to gorgeous Seven Mile Beach and within walking distance from Lennox Head village restaurants and its specialty shops lies Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park. Here you can discover the picturesque barbeque settings and take off on a water adventure on the lake such as canoeing, sailing and windsurfing.
The sea around Byron Bay has an abundant marine life among the rock reefs. The Julian Rocks Aquatic Reserve and the underwater cave, the Cod Hole, offer great diving experiences. If you are not a certified diver yet, this is the place to complete your training. Byron Bay Dive Centre:
Brunswick Heads, located about 20 minutes by road north of Byron Bay, is what Byron USED to be, before the current yuppie invasion. This is a sleepy little village on a super-scenic inlet, with top boating and fishing, a fantastic pub, great fish ‘n chips, and the makings of a great café culture.
Put your hiking shoes on and start your walk at the Ballina RSL alongside the Richmond River, follow the Kerry Saxby Walk across Missingham Bridge and continue toward the North Wall. The Missingham Bridge has a shared footpath across the 150 meter estuary of North Creek. When you have reached your destination you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the Richmond River and maybe you will even spot dolphins.
From May to July grandiose humpback whales pass Byron Bay on their journey to calving and breeding grounds further north. In September and October they pass Byron Bay again when they migrate back to the Antarctic with their youngsters. Several companies organise boat trips out to sea to watch the whales. One company that organise is Whale Watching Byron Bay:
The Coffee Club is a large home-grown café group serving more than 40 million cups of coffee every year. The admirable thing is not their size, but their contribution to environmental activities and their donations to charity events and funding to local communities and schools.
At the Northern Hotel you can find The Backroom. This is not so much a nightclub as it is a live music space with great acoustics and a late licence. This is the place to go to listen to top local and international bands that appear here regularly, bands that you normally would expect to find playing in a major city.
Byron Bay is the natural and alternative therapies capital of Australia, offering everything from acupuncture to rebirthing and breath connection. Pick up a copy of the Byron Body & Soul Guide from the tourist office to find a healing that might catch your attention. Byron Bay Practice The Health Lodge:
The Ballina Central complex (corner Pacific Hwy & Bangalow Rd) offers a break from surf and sand. It is home to The Vast Interior, selling a diverse range of furniture and homewares including lamps, rugs, stoneware and so on. But BY FAR the best shopping can be had at the region’s many regular markets.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is the gateway to the whole region. It is situated 5 kilometres from Ballina CBD and about 20 minutes by road from Byron Bay. The airport offers shuttles and bus services. There are also taxis and car rental companies represented at the airport. Public Bus Services are operated by Blanchs: +61 2 6686 2144 www.blanchs.com.au Below you can find a selection of car rental companies: Avis Car Rental +61 2 6686 7650 www.avis.com.au Hertz Car Rental +61 2 6621 8855 www.hertz.com.au Europcar +61 2 6686 2992 www.europcar.com.au
The local bus service in Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay is inexpensive, but services are not so frequent. Blanch’s Bus Company runs bus services from Ballina, Lennox Head, Bangalow and Byron Bay to Lismore. A journey from Ballina to Byron Bay costs about AUS9.60. An unlimited daily pass costs about AUS12.00.