Set on The Richmond River and Pacific Ocean, Ballina is a rapidly growing coastal town 25km south of Byron Bay. Famous for its fishing and seafood (home to The Big Prawn), Ballina offers an array of activities for the water lover. Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, the closest commercial airport to Byron Bay, has daily direct flights from Sydney and three weekly flights direct from Melbourne. Thursday Plantation is located in Ballina and offers a range of natural skincare products, including the famous Tea Tree Oil. The centre also holds an annual exhibition, the Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show. The Ballina Fishing Park offers a unique fishing experience in the beautiful surrounds of the Richmond River estuary. You can catch and release, or keep.