Connect with us
Byron Bay News and Weather copy
Mt Warning News and Weather copy
Kyogle News
Grafton News and Events copy
Byron Bay News and Weather copy
Mt Warning News and Weather copy
Kyogle News
Grafton News and Events copy
previous arrow
next arrow

Ballina Shire News

The Northern Rivers: Why Our Beloved Hometown is Popular Tourist Destination

Published

on

Evans Head - A popular tourist destination in the Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers: Why Our Beloved Hometown is Popular Tourist Destination

 

By Liam Jennings

Let me take you on a personal journey to the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, our cherished hometown, and a beloved tourist destination. Nestled between the lush green hills and pristine beaches of Australia’s east coast, this region is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. From our beaches to inland rainforest, to rolling hills and everything in between, it’s no wonder why we call the Northern Rivers home, and why so many people from around Australia, and across the globe, travel far and wide to share our experiences in this beautiful region.

One of the most compelling reasons why the Northern Rivers is a sought-after tourist destination is its unique natural beauty. From the rugged cliffs of the coastline to the rolling hills of the hinterland, this region offers a diverse landscape that captivates the soul. Picture-perfect beaches in Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina (and let’s be real, all our beaches) draw surfers, sun seekers, and nature enthusiasts alike. Inland, the fertile valleys are dotted with macadamia farms, subtropical rainforests, and serene rivers, making it an idyllic setting for relaxation and adventure. Heading out west towards Casino and the Richmond Valley, you come to a huge land mass of rolling hills stretching as far as the eye can see.

Evans Head - A popular tourist destination in the Northern Rivers

Evans Head

And then we come to Byron Bay, the most famous part of our area, is a name known to travellers worldwide. It’s known for its relaxing vibe, Hippy roots, laid-back atmosphere, and stunning beaches make it a magnet for tourists seeking the perfect coastal getaway. The iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse stands as a sentinel over the easternmost point of Australia, offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a prime spot for whale watching during migration season.

For surfers, the Northern Rivers is nothing short of paradise. The region boasts an abundance of world-class surf breaks, catering to riders of all skill levels. The Point at Lennox Head, The Pass at Byron Bay, and Yamba are some of the renowned surf spots that lure wave-riders from across the globe. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice eager to learn, the Northern Rivers waves beckon with open arms.

Beyond its natural allure, the Northern Rivers is a thriving cultural and artistic hub. Byron Bay is home to a vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries, music festivals, and cultural events throughout the year. But it’s not just Byron that has this culture. With any direction you travel, you’ll find something amazing. Lismore, the home of the community arts, holds an array of different events and festivals, such as the Lantern Parade and many more.

Nightcap National Park - a popular tourist destination northern rivers

Nightcap National Park

Foodies and gastronomes will find their heaven in the Northern Rivers. The region’s rich volcanic soil and subtropical climate nurture a bounty of fresh produce. From macadamia nuts and avocados to tropical fruits and freshly caught seafood, the local cuisine is a delight for the taste buds. The farm-to-table dining experience is alive and well here, with a plethora of farmers’ markets and gourmet restaurants offering delectable dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

The Northern Rivers is a gateway to several World Heritage-listed national parks, including the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Exploring these pristine rainforests is like stepping back in time, with ancient trees, rare wildlife, and cascading waterfalls creating an enchanting setting for bush walks and eco-adventures. The Border Ranges National Park and Nightcap National Park are must-visit destinations for nature lovers. But remember, with our community working hard to protect and conserve this rainforest over the years, it is important to leave no trace and respect the land in which it is on.

What truly sets the Northern Rivers apart is its strong sense of community and the countless festivals that celebrate life, music, and art. Events like the Byron Bay Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, and the Mullum Music Festival draw visitors from all corners of the globe. These festivals showcase the region’s spirit of inclusion, creativity, and appreciation for the arts. With some huge international headliners, to some of our smaller opening acts, it is a great representation of our regions artistic culture.

Nimbin - a popular tourist destination northern rivers

Nimbin

The Northern Rivers is dotted with charming small towns, each with its unique character and history. Places like Bangalow, Nimbin, and Mullumbimby offer a glimpse into the region’s past and a taste of its distinct culture. Out west, you have towns such as Casino, Tenterfield and Bentley, then down south we have the beautiful coastal towns of Evans Head, Yamba, Iluka and so many more. Whatever direction you follow, you’ll find a small town or village with true beauty and unique local people.

The Northern Rivers of New South Wales, our beloved hometown, is a popular tourist destination for good reason. Its unparalleled natural beauty, world-class surf breaks, vibrant arts scene, and strong sense of community create a tapestry of experiences that leave visitors enchanted. Whether you’re here to soak up the sun on pristine beaches, explore ancient rainforests, or immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, the Northern Rivers offers something for everyone. As locals, we are all continually grateful to call this incredible region home, and we invite anyone to discover its magic for yourself.

 

For more travel news, click here.

Advertisements
Tenterfield-The Bowlo

Ballina News

Ballina gets ‘beefed’ up with new pie shop in town

Published

on

By

Beefy’s Pies Ballina

Ballina gets ‘beefed’ up with new pie shop in town

 

By Samantha Elley

If you’ve been wondering about the new store on River Street in Ballina, wonder no further.

Beefy’s Pies have made their way down from the Sunshine Coast ready to fill the bellies of Northern Rivers locals.

These award winning pies have crossed the border, opening its first NSW store at 166-172 River Street, Ballina.

“We’re excited to receive a warm welcome from the Ballina and Northern Rivers community so far and can’t wait to have everyone in store to taste the Beefy’s difference,” says Jason Lyons, General Manager – Operations at Beefy’s.

“Beefy’s will bring its full range of award-wining pies, sausage rolls, sweets and coffee to the Northern Rivers community, making it a go-to destination for travellers and locals alike.

“Our new Ballina team can’t wait to get to know everyone by name, pie and coffee order. Our opening weekend is the best way to kick this off, but we’ll be teaming up with the local community to support businesses, events and groups in the future with our Pie Drives and fundraising events.”

While the store opened its doors on Friday, 28th June, the official Beefy’s Ballina community launch is Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July with one-weekend only deals and children’s entertainment on offer.

Ballina is Beefy’s 10th store and the first in in New South Wales. It joins locations across South-East Queensland including Gympie, Traveston, Maroochydore, Buderim, Kawana, Aussie World, Glasshouse, Mango Hill and Ningi.

 

For more local Ballina news, click here.

Advertisements
Tenterfield-The Bowlo
Continue Reading

Ballina Shire News

Local Dog Off-Leash Areas Set for Further Upgrades

Published

on

By

Off-Leash dog Areas Ballina

Local Dog Off-Leash Areas Set for Further Upgrades

 

Ballina Shire Council is set to upgrade two popular local dog off-leash exercise areas, continuing its commitment to providing quality recreational spaces for the community and their pets.

Gap Road, Alstonville

Since its opening earlier this year, the Gap Road dog off-leash exercise area has become a favourite spot for dog owners. This park features a fully fenced area with dog agility equipment, a walking track, improved accessibility, shelters, seating, a dog waste bag dispenser, and landscaping.

To enhance this space further, additional improvements will be made to the access entry and exit points, seating, and the walking track. The temporary closure for these upgrades will start on Thursday, June 20, 2024, and continue for four weeks. During this period, the existing dog exercise off-leash area north of the site will remain accessible for use.

Compton Drive, East Ballina

In East Ballina, the entrance to the Compton Drive Dog Park will undergo essential upgrades, including the installation of a new concreted main entrance. To facilitate this work, the main entrance will be closed for a brief period of 3 to 5 days at the end of June. Access to the park will still be available through the gate on the eastern side of the fenced area.

Funding and Community Feedback

These enhancement projects have been made possible through the Local Government Recovery Grants for Highly Impacted Councils. The upgrades align with community feedback on the Companion Animal Management Plan, which can be viewed here.

The Council appreciates the community’s patience and understanding as these facilities are improved. For more information about dog off and on-leash areas, visit the Council’s website here.

 

For more local Ballina news, click here.

Advertisements
Tenterfield-The Bowlo
Continue Reading

Ballina News

Ballina Shire Council to speed up flood-resilient housing plans with new funding

Published

on

By

Ballina Shire Housing

Ballina Shire Council to speed up flood-resilient housing plans with new funding

 

By Sarah Waters

Ballina Shire Council has been allocated $210,000 from the NSW Government’s $100 million Resilient Lands Program (RLP) to help bolster housing options in the Shire.

Last Friday, Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith and Acting CEO of the NSW Reconstruction Authority Mal Lanyon made the announcement.

The funding will be used to help Ballina Shire Council fast-track the planning and design of housing on council-owned land at Hutley Drive, Lennox Head.

It will also be used to ‘unlock housing capacity’ in the Ballina CBD, including using shop tops as housing.

Ballina Mayor Sharon Cadwallader said the boost would help council address some of the housing needs that have existed in Ballina prior to the floods.

“Council can now get on with the important job of planning for this site on Hutley Drive in Lennox Head and explore options in the CBD for medium-density housing,” Ms Cadwallader said.

The Ballina Shire Housing Strategy prioritises providing residences for local workers within the community.

Member for Ballina Tamara Smith said she hoped that any council land that comes under the Resilient Lands Program has a significant portion dedicated to either social or affordable housing.

“We need genuine affordable housing for residents in our community, not expensive housing stock that is of more interest to property investors,” Ms Smith said.

The announcement marked the fifth round of funding under the Resilient Lands Program, which is fully financed by the NSW Government.

Ballina is the fourth flood-impacted council to be assisted with funding under the program.

Previous allocations have supported housing projects in East Lismore, Mount Pleasant Estate in Goonellabah, Saddle Road in Brunswick Heads and Summerland Estate in Casino.

The Resilient Lands Program was established to unlock land and provide safer places for people to live across the Northern Rivers following the 2022 floods.

The program includes a variety of new home and land options and provide pathways for flood-impacted homeowners to relocate to safer areas.

The Resilient Lands Program links in with the $700 million Resilient Homes Program (RHP).

Participants of the RHP, who have accepted a buyback offer from the government, are typically given the first opportunity to purchase new land and homes before they’re offered to the open market.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully emphasised the program’s role in advancing the development of flood-resilient housing solutions, particularly in flood-prone areas like Ballina.

“This will really accelerate the delivery of flood-resilient land and housing options for people to move off the flood plain.

“In Ballina it will help deliver a greater range of higher density housing options in the CBD and at Lennox Head and potentially add to the social housing stock as well.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery Janelle Saffin said flood-affected communities across the Northern Rivers region had been waiting for safer land and housing options to be identified.

“I’m pleased to see another LGA added to the councils receiving support under the Resilient Lands Program.

“The Community Leaders Forum (seven mayors and six state and federal MPs) early on adopted the principle of equity in recovery for the entire region affected by the 2022 floods.”

Acting CEO of the Reconstruction Authority Mal Lanyon said the RLP would offer families affordable housing options while assisting councils in infrastructure planning for major housing developments.

 

For more local Ballina news, click here.

Advertisements
Tenterfield-The Bowlo
Continue Reading

NRTimes Online

Advertisement

KC-Farm-Equipment

National News Australia

Latest News

Verified by MonsterInsights