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Our Region

Discover the North Coast and Hinterland

Jingi Wahla, or welcome, to the Ballina Coast & Hinterland, the traditional Nyangbul Country of the Bundjalung nation!

Ballina, in the heart of the Northern Rivers NSW region, is characterised by great bio-diversity, with a laid back lifestyle and friendly, diverse communities. 

There is much here to inspire you from the pristine, uncrowded Pacific beaches, tidal bays and fertile valleys meandering around the region's rivers. To the National Parks that showcase lush rainforest, wildlife and waterfalls with hinterland villages offering a rich food and arts culture.  

So get busy, develop your wish list and plan a visit. 

  • Festivals and Events
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    The unique and culturally diverse communities of the Northern Rivers NSW are celebrated through their festivals and events. Events across the region celebrate everything from our natural landscapes, local food producers, live music, talented artisans, sports, culture and so much more! The region packs a big punch when it comes to music festivals with Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival; along with an impressive line-up of local gigs and festivals showcasing the regions amazing musical talents.

    Watch rising talent surf in one of the most anticipated junior surfing competitions in Australia and explore the best of the regions produce in the Harvest Food Trail. With Agricultural shows, film festivals, artisan trails and more; there is something exciting to discover every month of the year!

  • Coastal and Aquatic
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    When it comes to coastal landscapes the Northern Rivers NSW is second to none. As the name suggests the rivers are the life force of the region from the inland river towns to the coastal bars; the dynamic ecosystems are treasured by visitors and locals alike. Experience the pristine beaches, world surfing reserves, waterfront campsites, colourful marine life, exciting kayaking adventures and peaceful fresh water lakes. The Northern Rivers has no shortage of marine life to discover enjoy the migrating whales, unique turtle species, dolphins, fish and seabirds.

  • Nature and Outdoors
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    From World Heritage Listed Rainforests, the sacred Wollumbin (Mount Warning), stunning coastlines and everything in between the Northern Rivers NSW has no shortage of outdoor activities to discover.

    Take a multiday hike along the untouched beaches of the Clarence Valley, visit one of the regions many waterfalls, enjoy Australia’s largest mapped white-water rafting trail, 4WD on a beach or take a camping trip in one of the many amazing National Parks in the region.

  • Health and Wellbeing
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    Enrich your body, mind and spirit by taking time out to relax and rejuvenate in wellness capital - the Northern Rivers NSW. Embark on a health and wellbeing journey like no other with access to world class health professionals, healers, health food suppliers and retreats. The Northern Rivers has long been synonymous with alternative lifestyles and diverse approaches to healing and health. Experience the natural healing powers of tea tree lakes, escape to the hinterland on a healing yoga retreat, visit a restorative outdoor day spa and sample some of the regions health food products.

  • Regional Produce
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    The Northern Rivers NSW region is a mecca for quality produce and has long been home to local producers who think outside the box. This includes boutique distilleries and breweries, unique farm to table dining experiences ecologically sustainable farm practices, and creative artisans. At the heart of the Northern Rivers is diverse and progressive producers who breathe life into the local markets to provide a delicious bounty of locally grown bananas, coffee, macadamia nuts, avocados and much more.

    Head north to the Tweed Valley and experience Australia’s only single estate rum distillery. Learn about responsible farming practices and experience paddock to plate dining in Byron Bay. Drive into Ballina’s Hinterland and taste locally grown and roasted coffee. Sip on locally brewed beer in the Clarence Valley. There is truly something to suit every taste in the Northern Rivers Region.

  • Arts and Culture
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    Located within the Bundjalung Nation, the Northern Rivers NSW has a dynamic and vibrant cultural landscape. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the local Aboriginal people and take the opportunity to learn on Country. The Northern Rivers communities are teaming with local creatives and artisans.

    Explore local galleries, visit cultural centres, experience live shows and follow local art trails. Art flows through the heart of the communities in the Northern Rivers, simply take a walk down the street and enjoy local buskers and creative street art.

  • Scenic Drives
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    Experience the diversity and awe-inspiring beauty of the Northern Rivers NSW region by following one of the many tourist drives on offer. The regions tourist drives connect stunning coastal landscapes, quaint towns, National Parks and reserves, farm gate stalls, artisan trails and more. The tourist drives can be taken as a day trip of extended over multiple days, with so much to see and do we can guarantee you won’t regret the trip. 

  • Business Conferencing and Events
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    Host your next business event or conference in Northern Rivers NSW and create a lasting impression for your delegates. The Northern Rivers region offers a unique balance between services in a relaxed location. With access to quality accommodation and conferencing facilities, hosting an event in the region is a breeze.

    Delegates can enjoy the diverse natural landscapes and create new and meaningful relationships. Northern Rivers NSW is home to many ecologically sustainable tourism operators who can help provide rewarding and exciting team building activities for your delegates.