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Ballina – Tintenbar

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North Coast

Ballina is a bustling coastal town, the smaller town of Tintenbar is an easy drive inland from Ballina.

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Ballina is 740 km (8 hr drive) north of Sydney and 190 km (2 hr dive) south of Brisbane. Tintenbar is 10 km north west of Ballina.

The towns are located north of the Richmond River, famous for its prawning fleet - the big prawn is located in Ballina.



How to get there

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport provides direct links to Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. Jetstar, Virgin Australia, REX and Fly Pelican service routes from the airport.

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


Ballina is the larger of the two towns with a population of more than 16,000 residents, Tintenbar has a population of approximately 500 people. The median age of Ballina residents is 52 years and 44 years for Tintenbar residents. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 4% of the population of Ballina, and  less than 1% in Tintenbar.

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



Healthcare facilities

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. The community health centre located near the hospital provides allied health services to the community.

There is a Ambulance Service of NSW station in Ballina.

Accredited GP practices

  • Ballina West Medical Centre
  • Bullinah AHS
  • Grant Street Clinic
  • Tintenbar Medical Centre Pty Ltd

  • Industry

Major industry sectors that residents of Ballina are employed in are aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, hospitals, secondary education and other social assistance services. In Tintenbar residents are predominantly employed in secondary education, general practice medical services, aged care residential services, cafes and restaurants and legal services.
  • Childcare

Ballina has numerous facilities available for young families with long day care, after school care, family day care and out of school hour care services. There is also a long day care facility in Tintenbar.    
  • Shopping

As a regional centre, Ballina has a good range of shopping opportunities, there is Ballina Fair Shopping Centre  and Ballina Central with over 80 retailers, specialty stores and services available, including Target, Woolworths, Big W, cafes and eateries.
  • Places of worship

There are numerous of places of worship located in Ballina including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches.
  • Points of interest

Ballina sits on at the mouth of the Richmond River and is the commercial and cultural heart of the area. There is an array of water-based activities, cultural experiences, art galleries, museums and local markets. There are many stunning beaches and great surf, and Ballina is famous for its fishing and fresh seafood. Tintenbar is known for the swimming hole at Killen Falls. Details of local events can be found in Ballina Shire Council's event calendar.
  • Sporting activities

Ballina boasts a large range of sporting clubs and facilities, such as an 18-hole golf course, swimming, tennis, hockey, sailing & rowing, netball, yoga, cricket and surf life saving clubs.  
  • Community groups and activities

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

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport within the Ballina Shire, a good place to start are the Facebook pages: Ballina Coast and HinterlandBallina Shire CouncilBallina Shire Advocate and Ballina Information Exchange.