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Alstonville is a charming hinterland town, between the ocean and rainforest, with a great lifestyle.

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Location

Alstonville is located within easy reach of the coastal town of Ballina (17 km to the east) and city of Lismore (20 km to the west). It is 190 km (2 hr drive) from Brisbane and 730 km (8 hr drive) from Sydney.

Alstonville is famous for its annual autumn showing of the Tibouchina trees that burst into bloom with big purple and mauve flowers as well as its rich red volcanic soil that supports dairy and beef farming, as well as the successful growing of coffee, peanuts, bananas, pawpaws, pineapples, avocados, macadamia nuts and other exotic fruits.

How to get there

The closest regional airport is the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, 27 km (20 min drive) from Alstonville. Jetstar, Rex and Virgin Australia offer daily direct services to Sydney, while Jetstar also provides direct services to Melbourne. Rex and Fly Pelican both offer flights to Newcastle.

There is a North Coast rail service daily or overnight train from Sydney to Brisbane via coach transfer at Casino.

Population

Alstonville is home to more than 5,000 people, the median age of residents is 50 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 2% of the population.

Alstonville is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network, this needs assessment provides an insight into population health across the North Coast community.

Healthcare facilities

Alstonville is located just 14 km from Ballina District Hospital or 19 km from Lismore Base Hospital.

Ballina District Hospital is a level 3 rural hospital, with an emergency department, general ward, renal unit, rehabilitation unit, surgical services, medical imaging and community health. Ballina also has a community health centre located near the hospital providing allied health services to the community.

Lismore Base Hospital is a regional referral, level 5 base hospital and an accredited teaching hospital. It is the largest hospital within the Local Health District. Lismore also has a community health centre.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Alstonville serviced by volunteers.

 

Accredited GP practices

  • Alstonville Clinic
  • Alstonville Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Alstonville are: hospitals, aged care residential services, secondary education, primary education and other social assistance services.
  • Education

Alstonville has a public primary school and high school and a Catholic primary school and high school: Alstonville Public SchoolSt Joseph’s Primary School Alstonville and Alstonville High School. There are additional schooling opportunities in Ballina and Lismore.
  • Childcare

For young families, Alstonville has after school care, before school care and long day care facilities, in nearby Ballina there is a range of additional child care facilities.  
  • Shopping

Alstonville is well serviced by Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, Alstonville Plaza Shopping Centre offers specialty and boutique retail stores, and cafes. More extensive shopping opportunities are available in nearby Ballina where there are two large shopping centres with over 60 retailers and cinemas.
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship located in Alstonville including, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches.
  • Points of interest

Alstonville has a number of festivals and major events throughout the year, as well as farmers and local markets. Details of local events can be found in Ballina Shire Council's event calendar. Local attractions include Summerland House Farm, Victoria Park Nature Reserve and Dallwood Falls, as well as local art and antique galleries.
  • Sporting activities

There is a large range of sporting facilities and sporting clubs in Alstonville including taekwondo, tennis, netball, martial arts, rugby union, basketball, volleyball, futsal, football, gymnastics, cricket and hockey. As well as several gym facilities.
  • Community groups and activities

In Alstonville community groups and volunteer organisations include the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Quota Club and Country Women’s Association.  Ballina Shire Council's community spaces page provides a listing of local activities.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Alstonville, a good place to start are the Facebook pages: Ballina Shire CouncilBallina Shire AdvocateWollongbar/Alstonville Buy & Sell and Ballina Information Exchange.