Ballina is a town on the North Coast of News South Wales. Ballina is located on the Pacific Highway, and was established on the northern shore of the Richmond River near Cape Byron. Ballina is approximately 750 km north of Sydney and 205 km south of Brisbane.
Ballina is home to the world's largest prawn (made of concrete and fibreglass). A lighthouse, Richmond River Light, was first constructed in Ballina in 1866. The temporary lighthouse was replaced with the current one in 1879, and first lit in 1880. It is still active.
The major airport for the region, servicing Byron Bay and Lismore, is in Ballina. The airport has links to Melbourne and Sydney. The airport is a 20 minute road trip to Byron Bay and 30 minutes to Lismore. In 2005 the Ballina airport was renamed the Ballina Byron Gateway airport in a bid to attract more people to the area.