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Car hire Ballina - Airport is the only way to travel while you’re in town. The reason? Well, there is more than one. Not only does the local area offer a fascinating history, attractions and excellent sporting and recreational facilities, they’re all easily reached with car hire Ballina - Airport. Whether you’re seeking the hustle and bustle of the capital or looking to explore the sleepy countryside, you’re guaranteed to find fun and adventure. What’s more, wherever your trip takes you, you’ll always be met with a warm welcome.
What to See?
Ballina is located on the northern coast of the state of New South Wales, in Australia, just a short-ish two hour drive away from Australia’s third biggest city, Brisbane.
Ballina is a base to explore some of the surrounding regions of northern New South Wales such as Lennox Head and Byron Bay, and other places in the Northern Rivers District. People come here to escape the hustle and bustle of the big smoke and to just chill out at some of the local beaches.
The Big Prawn. In line with the numerous ‘Big’ Attractions in Australia, check out this big crustacean that was erected on top of a fish and chip shop. Like all of these big animal constructions, the Big Prawn is an impressive feat of civil engineering. Actually, it’s some people’s main goal in life to visit all of the ‘Big’ animal, fruit and other constructions in the Land Down Under.
But for real animals, you might be lucky and spot the humpback whale migration from the beach during the winter months! All you need to do is look out to the horizon and spot the occasional burst of water spurting out of the ocean.
At the nearby and iconic Macadamia Castle which is located on the Pacific Highway at Knockrow. This place has been around for over 30 years and has become something of a local institution. The Macadamia nut is the only native Australian food plant that has been commercially harvested and it’s a popular snack for both locals and tourists alike. You can even cook with Macadamia nut oil - it smells great when it hits the hot pan. The café at the Macadamia Castle serves many delicious snacks and meals, with Macadamias being a central feature.
Still sticking with Australian native products, there is also the Thursday Plantation which is both the brand for essential oil products and the original home of Tea Tree. Tea Tree Oil is a popular product used in beauty products and treatments and has a strong, but pleasant aromatic smell.
Where to Stay & Eat?
Being a coastal town, it’s almost a criminal offence to not have fish and chips near the beach. There are numerous fish and chip shops at Ballina and nearby Lennox Heads to feast upon some of the local catch. Otherwise, enjoy the view over the beautiful Richmond River along with natural, mornay or kilpatrick rock and pacific oysters when they are in season.
Turn up to a local pub, and you will be sure to chat to one of the friendly locals. The beer is cold, and you can use it to wash down a hearty pub lunch.
Ballina has a range of accommodation to suit most traveller types such as hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. For those on a budget, backpackers and caravan parks are available. In surrounding rural areas, there are many private and secluded getaways tucked away in the countryside.
Where to Go?
Along the beach. Ballina and the surrounding areas have numerous beaches that you can have all to yourself for much of the time. Unlike many places in Europe, you won’t touch someone if you stretch your arms!
Byron Bay is located to the north, and is a favourite for travellers doing the east coast trail of Australia. Byron Bay is also well known for being a magnet for those craving the alternative scene. Otherwise, go for day trips around the Northern Rivers area and visit quaint towns like Bangalow, or if you are after something more alternative, the bizarre hippy town of Nimbin is sure to offer you a few bizarre sights.
To the waves as you are walking along the beaches. There is nothing like escaping the city rat race by feeling the sand between your toes, and hearing the waves crash onto the beach.
Playing Skirmish Paintball at Ballina Adventure Park if you don’t feel like waking up the next morning with a few bruises! Actually, Skirmish is a lot of fun if you manage to land a paintball on one of your enemy targets, but it’s no fun if you are nailed yourself by a stray ball of dye!
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