As you explore Ballina you will find there is always another park or headland around the next corner. Watch the trawlers go by on the riverside, look for dolphins and whales in season from the headlands or picnic by one of the many lakes and estuaries.
THE DONT MISS THESE PARKS
This favourite family picnic spot is at the corner of Norton and Fox Streets. With playground and covered picnic facilities overlooking North Creek where you can relax on the grass in the shade of the Norfolk Pines and watch the family cool off and play.
Pop Denison Park
Off Compton Drive East Ballina on the shores of Shaws Bay this great family picnic and swimming area provides under cover picnic and bbq facilities for a day of family fun.
Killen Falls located 10 mins from Ballina just below the Emigrant Creek dam at Fernleigh is a spectacular waterfall dropping into a large, cool waterhole within a rainforest gully. This oasis with ferns and a large cool waterhole hidden amongst the rainforest remnant is a hidden jewel. An easy climb down the embankment to a cool, exhilerating walk underneath the fall.
Beautiful Park winding paths through bushland and a flying fox colony. Bbq and picnic facilities across the road.
Elizabeth Anne Brown Park
Named after the daughter of Charles Bullwinkle an early pioneer of Alstonville, is home to the RSL War Memorial and winning Tidy Towns competition plaques. A large shaded grassy area and picnic tables make this a peaceful picnic spot close to town.
This 'Big Scrub' remnant is 1.75 hectares of rainforest with boardwalks and information signs to assist the visitor in appreciating the significance of this ancient eco-system. With Picnic facilities follow the signs from Alstonville to Wardell Road.
A great family picnic and swimming area at low tide. Take the ferry to South Ballina Beach and continue to the wall and you will discover it on your left. Beautiful views looking back across the river to Ballina.
South Ballina Beach / South Wall
Secluded beach with miles of coastline to 4wd to Evans Head. Great for surfing, fishing, swimming and just getting away from it all. Take the ferry across the river and follow the signs to South Ballina Beach.
Beween the Richmond river nd River Street this beautiful setting has a great playground and picnic area with bbq facilities and a cafe. Fish from the wharf or relax and watch the boats go by.
Pioneer Memorial Park
Located on the north west side of the Missingham Bridge, this park is home to the first cemetery of pioneer families before the local Ballina Cemetry was established. Set amongst shady giant fig trees overlooking The Serpentine this is a tranquil place to visit.
This grassy headland is the perfect place to sit and watch the surfers and dolphins and spot the whales in season. see Boulders on the Beaches page.
Pat Moreton Lookout
With views over Lennox Head's world famous pointbreak you can see beyond Seven Mile Beach all the way to Cape Byron. Favourite spot for whale watching, hang gliding with picnoc and bbq facilities and don't forget to take a walk to teh top of the Lookout, it will take your breath away.
A popular swimming, sailing and canoeing spot with its dark 'tea tree stained' waters this place is a must visit. Picnic and bbq facilities are available around the lake and just across the dunes is Seven Mile Beach for a game of beach cricket. Lennox Markets are held here on 2nd and 5th Sundays of the month.
Seven Mile Beach
Stroll for hours, go beach fishing or enjoy the beauty of the heathland. 4wd acess permitted from the northern end of the Shire Bounday and dogs are also allowed under control.
The most important thing we want you to do is.....have fun exploring Ballina!