Ballina is situated at the mouth of the Richmond River. A large coastal town, Ballina has all the facilities you would expect with extensive shopping, food outlets and accommodation.
Fishing is excellent in the surrounding area, a large river which is navigable for all the 88 miles to Lismore, offering Bream, Flathead, Mulloway, Whiting and the ever-present Mud Crabs. Freshwater fishing is popular for Australian Bass from about Woodburn upstream.
Beach fishing is abundant with the beaches to the south able to be driven on by 4wd, and rock fishing to the north from Ballina to Byron Bay.
Offshore the fishing is superb, some close reefs like Riordans, and Lennox are great for Snapper, Teraglin, Mulloway and Flathead with the mackerel here from December to April. Wider reefs are where Ballina comes into its own. The local DPI Fad is famous for the quality Mahi-Mahi during summer and autumn. The 32-fathom reef runs from Broadwater in the south to Lennox Head in the north. Catches of Snapper, Teraglin, Venus Tusk Fish, Mulloway, Pearl Perch etc are common. The wider reefs of the 36, 40, 42, 48 and 50 Fathom reefs produce all year around, with the bulk of the catch in Snapper, Kingfish, Pearl Perch etc.
The Pelagic fishery is just starting to be recognized for Marlin, tuna etc and will grow in coming years with Ballina Byron Fishing Charters.