Alstonville is a modern township on the rich volcanic soils, inland from Ballina and east of Lismore.
Alstonville has a population of nearly 6,000 people, the median age is 48 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 2% of the population.
Alstonville is on the Bruxner Highway between the town of Ballina (13 km to the east) and city of Lismore (19 km to the west).
Alstonville is also known for its rich red volcanic soil. In addition to the more conventional dairy and beef farming, coffee, peanuts, bananas, pawpaws, pineapples, avocados, macadamia nuts and other exotic fruits are being successfully grown.
The closest regional airport is in Ballina, which a 20 minute drive from Alstonville. Jetstar, Rex and Virgin Australia offer daily direct services to Sydney, while Jetstar also provides daily direct services to Melbourne and Rex to Newcastle.
The major sources of employment in Alstonville are:
- Health care and social assistance;
- Education and training;
- Retail trade;
- Accommodation and food services;
Alstonville has neither a hospital nor its own community health service, however, it is located just 16 minutes from Ballina District Hospital or 18 minutes from Lismore Base Hospital.
Ballina District Hospital is a level 3 rural hospital, within the Northern New South Wales Local Health District, providing care to over 8,300 patients every year and has over 17,800 Emergency attendances annually.
Lismore Base Hospital is a regional referral, level 5 base hospital and the hospital undertakes over 8,100 surgical procedures annually. It is an accredited teaching hospital and the largest hospital within the Local Health District.
Alstonville is serviced by NSW ambulance service, situated 13.7kms away in Ballina.
Alstonville Medical Centre
Alstonville offers young families a few options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged for long day care and preschool.
Alstonville is well serviced by Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, a movie theatre and numerous boutique retail stores.
More extensive shopping opportunities are available in the nearby regional city of Ballina which is just 15 minutes away. As a regional centre Ballina is well serviced with a couple of shopping precincts including Ballina Fair Shopping Centre which offers a great range of stores and services including health and beauty, electronics and communications, homeware and furnishings, shoes and accessories, toys, pet supplies, travel as well as over 50 specialty stores, Woolworths supermarket, Target, Best & Less, The Reject Shop and Ballina Fair Cinemas.
Ballina’s other shopping precinct is Ballina Central offering IGA supermarket, The Athlete’s Foot, Fitness and Massage centre as well as a number of different cafes, and coffee shops. There are also local weekend markets and a wide variety of unique retail outlets where you will find everything from stylish boutiques to homewares
There are a number of places of worship located in Alstonville including, but not limited to, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian.
Originally known as Duck Creek Mountain, the village of Alstonville is famous for its Tibouchina Trees which line the streets and add a vibrant green and mauve colour throughout the village when flowering.
Alstonville has a number of festivals and major events throughout the year including a rodeo and numerous trade fairs and expos at the large community centre.
Alstonville sits between the regional city of Lismore to the west, which is famous for its significant and thriving arts community, and Ballina to the east, a bustling regional coastal town at the mouth of the Richmond River, famous for its fishing, seafood and stunning beaches.