Explore the region

Ballina and Byron Bay

In a part of the world known as the Northern Rivers of NSW serviced by the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (and Coolangatta Airport also a short distance away). Within this beautiful area lie the famous surf break of Lennox Head and the historic village of Alstonville and many more villages and beaches to explore.

Famous for its beautiful surfing beaches, whale watching and swimming with the Dolphins (for free), this region gives people a chance to take one step back from famous and busy holiday spots to one where you can let time catch up at your pace.
It has everything a single person or couple and especially kids would love to do, without feeling like you ‘have to do it’. The region is as popular for its Restaurants and Bars, as it is for its peaceful beach walks and tranquil rainforest surrounds. Explore Ballina and Byron Bay while enjoying your stay with us.


Lighthouse Beach Ballina 5 minutes drive to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport 25 minutes drive to Byron Bay 1.5 hours drive to Gold Coast 2 hours drive to Brisbane 9 hours drive to Sydney
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the New South Wales north coast.
Ballina is uniquely Australian, but highly cosmopolitan in its lifestyle attractions and Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron allows you the chance to unwind and relax and live the carefree lifestyle of the region, if only for a minute! Located in Ballina CBD, so close to shops, businesses and entertainment, children’s playground and beaches – you will never be short of something to do.

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Ballina and Surrounds

Ballina hinterland rainforestJust minutes from Ballina you will find yourself in the lush rainforest valley of the hinterland, dotted with quaint towns, dairy farms, sugar cane fields, macadamia forests and coffee plantations. A place to restore the senses.
With the Richmond River on your doorstep and the lush hinterland behind, you can be as rushed or relaxed as you like. Take a leisurely trip down the Richmond River, go kayaking, hiking or take a day trip to Mullumbimby or Byron Bay.

Lennox Head

Lake Ainsworth Lennox HeadLocated between Ballina and Byron Bay just north of the famous surf break of Lennox Point lies the beautiful coastal village of Lennox Head.

Visit Lake Ainsworth, famous for its brown stained tea-tree water.

Stroll the sands of 7 Mile Beach or browse the surf shops and enjoy some of the best dining in the area.


coffee and macadamia plantationsOn the plateau west of Ballina lies the historical village of Alstonville. Surrounded by rolling green fields of macadamias and coffee plantations the Alstonville area is rich with volcanic soil.

Discover a range of sub tropical nurseries, mazes and macadamia plantations where you can sample the locally grown coffee and enjoy the local produce.

Byron Bay

byron1The well known town of Byron Bay is just a short scenic drive from the Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron along, arguably, some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. It may take you significantly longer to get to Byron from the Hotel given the beautiful beaches and sites in between.
Byron offers something for everyone. The sites and town of Byron are a ‘must see’ on your trip, but make sure you can come back and relax in affordable comfort with us.
We will make sure your stay can have the pace and sites of Byron, whilst ensuring a quality and relaxing time for yourself at a rate you will relate to.

Family Favourite Places not to miss

Macadamia Castle KnockrowMacadamia Castle

Located on the Pacific Hwy 10 minutes south of Byron Bay the Macadamia Castle has been one of the areas most popular activity destinations for over 35 years. Their Animal Park, Café, Nut Bar, Fine Food and Retail store provide a full day’s entertainment and education. Café Macca coffee & meals feature fresh local produce lovingly prepared to order and their pancakes are legendary. The Animal Fun Park features local wildlife & includes unlimited mini-golf. More info

Summerland House Farm Tractor TourSummerland House Farm

Located on 172 acres on the scenic Alstonville plateau, Summerland House Farm has sweeping views of the east coast line and hinterland avocado and macadamia farms. There’s something for everyone at this attraction. For young families there is a water park and large, fully fenced playground and many other quality activities including interactive 9 hole mini golf course and tractor tour. For the gourmet there’s also one of the largest regional food showcases in the region. Browse through the Gift Shop and Plant Nursery and enjoy a meal or snack at the Cafe. More info

Things To Do in Ballina and Byron Bay

Ballina SurfDo as much or as little as you like.
Ballina and Byron Bay offer a wide range of activities available including the following.

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River and Surf

  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Surf Lessons
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Whale Watching

Sport and Challenge

  • Sky Diving
  • Hang Gliding
  • Need More to Do? – go to Ballina.info

Family Fun

  • Macadamia Castle
  • Crystal Castle
  • Amaze n Place
  • Markets
  • Shopping
  • Art & Cooking Classes
  • Hire a Bike

Natural and Outdoor Experiences

  • Golfing
  • Horse Riding
  • Bush Walking
  • Adventure Tours
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Hinterland Tours
  • Wine and dine at one of the area’s al fresco cafes and restaurant

What’s on in Ballina

Here’s a taste of what’s on in Ballina:
Follow the links below to help you find out what is happening in our local area!

Getting to Ramada Ballina Byron

Ballina LocationGetting here is easy.

You will find us located right in the centre of Ballina on the north bank of the Richmond River at 2 Martin Street Ballina.

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By Road

  • 5 minutes drive from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
  • 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay – enjoy a scenic coastal drive
  • 1 hour drive from Coolangatta Airport
  • 1.5 hours drive from Gold Coast
  • 2 hours drive from Brisbane
  • 9 hours drive from Sydney

By Air

Virgin Australia Virgin Australia – regular daily flights from Sydney

Jet Star Jet Star – regular daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne

RexRex – regular daily flights from Sydney


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