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