|Popular in||July||High demand for flights, 5% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||June||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||£861||Average for round-trip flights in October 2020|
|Round-trip from||£768||From London to Ballina|
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Ballina along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Nationals of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can transit through Australia to a third country without a visa. The same applies to travelers who reside in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, or New Caledonia. The onward flight must be within 72 hours of their arrival in Australia. If there are less than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. If there are more than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. All travelers entering Australia must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia. If the duration of their stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of Australia, except for people who regularly reside in another country, airline and maritime crew, freight personnel, offshore facility personnel, government personnel, and Australian Defence Force personnel. . If you are looking to book a trip to Ballina and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
Ballina lies south of Byron Bay in the Northern Rivers region. While Byron Bay is the better known town of the two, Ballina is great for visitors looking for a quieter time. Many people will base themselves in Ballina and take day trips to Byron Bay.
Ballina’s wonderful climate, great location at the mouth of the Richmond River, superb beaches (South Ballina Beach is the star) and hinterland, offer lots of options for travellers. There are the water-based attractions, such as swimming, scuba diving, surfing, fishing, boating, whale-watching (between June and November) and dolphin watching (all year) – and the seafood is always fresh and wonderful.
Close to Ballina, the Victoria Park Nature Reserve is one of the remnants of the Big Scrub. The reserve covers 17.5 hectares (43 acres), with eight hectares (20 acres) of untouched rainforest, and clearly marked walking trails.
As in the rest of this part of New South Wales, the climate is sub-tropical. Summer temperatures (December to February) hit about 30 C (86 F) and winter temperatures (June to August) are 20 C (68 F).
This part of New South Wales is a year-round destination, meaning there’s really no bad time to visit Ballina.
January and February are the busiest months. Easter is also a popular time with families. Whale-watching season runs from June to November, making it a popular time to visit as well. Ballina will also be busy when Byron Bay holds its many festivals. Accommodations in Ballina and Lismore often booked-up to handle the overspill from Byron.
Low season rates for accommodations kick in after the Easter holiday and last until the September/October school holidays.
There are plenty of rental-car companies with desks at the local airports. Airport transfers and shuttles also link the airports with Ballina and other towns in the region.
A rental car is essential if you’re planning on getting around this part of New South Wales. Bus and coach services in the Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby areas are operated by Blanch’s Bus Company.