Tony and Denyse Allsop discover that the Ballina Lakeside Tourist Park is the perfect place from which to explore Ballina.


Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park lies on the shores of calm Shaws Bay Lake. It is located about 3km from town, and walking distance (600-70m) from the break wall and surf beach. A member of the Top Tourist Park group, this 4.5 star rated park is about 700m from the breakwater and Lighthouse surf beach. Ballina Lakeside has parkland on two sides as well as lake frontage.


As well as powered sites, there are sites for tents and camper trailers, and you have a choice of waterfront, drive-through, grass or concrete slab. For those who don’t bring their own accommodation, there are several different types and styles of cabins and bungalows, including waterfront ones

The park features 18-hole mini golf course, a jumping pillow, a children’s playground, two swimming pools, a large indoor camp kitchen, games room, full gymnasium and a volleyball court.

The office has a small kiosk with basics and a public phone. The main amenity block has a 24-hour laundry and a dump point, and there is another smaller amenity block with laundry and disabled facilities.


Ballina lies at the entrance to the Richmond River and has a population of around 40,000 people. There are two major shopping centres.

The town has two golf courses and bowling clubs. The RSL club on the waterfront is a good place to eat with water views.

Lighthouse Lookout is just a short drive or a good morning walk from the van park for a great view out over the ocean and break wall guarding the harbour entrance.

If you follow the road north, it will lead you to the Pat Morton Lookout overlooking Lennox Head and then down to the beach at Lennox Head.

The Northern Rivers district of New South Wales is famous for its markets. There is a well-publicised roster of towns holding markets every month, so you can be sure of having a market to visit every weekend at a nearby village.


Ballina is on the far northern New South Wales coast, only about a two hour drive south of Brisbane and an hour south of Queensland’s Gold Coast. You can reach it by a short drive off the Pacific Highway or from the Bruxner Highway from Lismore and Tenterfield.

For more information on Ballina, contact the Ballina Visitor Information Centre: 1800 777 666