Holidays in Lighthouse Beach

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Ballina which includes a sandy beach

This beach on the southern side of Ballina Head is a popular place for the locals to cool off in summer or surf year round.

Lighthouse Beach stretches out between Ballina Head and the northern “training wall,” the man-made breakwater that marks the mouth of the Richmond River. The beach is backed by residential streets, with a grassy reserve between the road and beach.

The beach is about 2,300 feet (700 meters) long. This stretch of sand only developed when the adjacent Richmond River entrance walls were built in the early 1900s. What was formerly Shaws Bay naturally filled up with sand and Lighthouse Beach was born.

If you are visiting in summer, explore the beach in the early morning before the crowds arrive and sunbathing becomes impossible due to the heat. The sunrise views from the beach are ever-changing, but always magical. Stick your toes in the sand and breathe in the salty sea air, while listening to the sounds of the waves and the seabirds. Dolphins visit the beach regularly and migrating humpback whales can be spotted offshore between June and October as well.

To cool off after a long walk, dip in the clear South Pacific waters. Swimming can be treacherous here though, even if you are used to ocean swimming, because of a few permanent tide rips and strong currents. One rip runs out against Ballina Head and has been nicknamed the “Shelly Beach express” because it can drag you out there in no time. Avoid going near the seawalls at all times.

Lighthouse Beach is monitored by surf life savers during the busier weekends and holidays, with a set of flags indicating where it is safe to swim. A great alternative for families is the ocean pool at Shelly Beach, which provides a safe beach environment for children.

Or how about a spot of surfing? Lighthouse often gets good breaks on the outer bar and inside the north entrance wall. This wall is also a popular fishing spot, because it allows you to fish both the ocean and the river mouth. Another popular activity here is windsurfing.

Lighthouse Beach is located in East Ballina. You can park by the surf club situated under Ballina Head or in the car park by the river entrance wall. The surf club has a kiosk and there is also a café farther along Lighthouse Beach.

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Discovery Parks – Ballina
Discovery Parks – Ballina
4.5 out of 5
25 Fenwick Drive, East Ballina, NSW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$133 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Located in East Ballina, this luxury holiday park is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lighthouse Beach and Shelly Beach. Angels Beach and Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (505 reviews)
"fun! beautiful!! lovely!!!"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Discovery Parks – Ballina
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$185 per night from 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
Located in the heart of Ballina, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, Ballina Racecourse and Ballina Golf Club. Shelly Beach ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)
"Great location close to town, court, pubs, entertainment and the supermarket. Views on the water with a great ambiance Pool was great for a quick swim (not too cold in July). Checkin was a bit odd?"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ballina Beach Resort
Ballina Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Compton Drive (Corner Cedar Crescent), East Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$165 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
This family-friendly Ballina hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Lighthouse Beach and Shelly Beach. Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum ...
4.1/5Very Good! (435 reviews)
"The room nice and clean. Fresh decor.... looking out to a tropical garden. Private"

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2021

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Discovery Parks – Ballina
Discovery Parks – Ballina
4.5 out of 5
25 Fenwick Drive, East Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$133 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
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Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina Byron
4.5 out of 5
2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$185 per night from 25 Sep. to 25 Sep.
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3 out of 5
Compton Drive (Corner Cedar Crescent), East Ballina, NSW
The price is AU$165 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
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Hereford Court - East Ballina - Spacious & Affordable
Hereford Court - East Ballina - Spacious & Affordable
1/72 Cedar Crescent, Ballina, NSW
Hereford Court - East Ballina - Spacious & Affordable
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Beach Point - East Ballina - Lighthouse Beach Apartment
1/62 Cedar Crescent, Ballina, NSW
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Beach Point - East Ballina
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1/62 Cedar Crescent, East Ballina, NSW
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McKinnon on the Bay - East Ballina, NSW
3/36 McKinnon Street, Ballina, NSW
McKinnon on the Bay - East Ballina, NSW
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Beach Point
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1/62 Cedar Crescent, East Ballina, NSW
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Hereford Court
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1/72 Cedar Cres, East Ballina, NSW
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