Bushwalking is great way to experience the colourful birdlife. The town is close to the splendid national parks of Broadwater and Bundjalong, where you can go canoeing on Evans River. For a heritage walk, take the Ballina Historic Waterfront Trail and you might see dolphins frolicking.
During whale watching season, the Ballina coastline is great for spotting migrating whales. You'll find plenty of accommodation options in Ballina and check out the events calendar for festivals and markets, including the Ballina Fine Food and Wine Festival and the Ballina Prawn Festival.