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Cheap flights to Ballina, Australia

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Are there currently restrictions on travel to Ballina related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Ballina along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Travelers who are not Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia. Australia has enacted temporary travel restrictions for flights to Melbourne due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. All international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry, unless they're granted an exemption upon request. Quarantines take place in state-designated facilities and fees depend on the state, ranging from $2500 for one adult in the Northern Territory to $3000 for one adult in New South Wales. International flights are currently being diverted away from Victoria. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight. For more information on quarantine rules in the Australian states, check the following websites: New South Wales The Northern Territory Western Australia Foreign nationals may transit through Australia if the connecting flight is within 72 hours of the arriving flight. They must either have a transit visa or be nationals of a visa-exempt country. Transit passengers don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked to depart on a connecting flight from the same airport within 72 hours and they are not going to leave the airport. Travelers who plan to leave the airport before boarding their connecting flight or who will be at the airport for longer than 72 hours need to apply for a travel exemption here and will be subject to quarantine until their departing flight. Travelers from New Zealand and Pacific Islanders may not need a travel exemption. More information on transiting Australia is available here. Travelers planning to travel across Australian state borders should note that some Australian states also have domestic travel restrictions, border restrictions, and quarantine requirements in place. In the case of onward travel within Australia, travelers are advised to check in advance with their travel/accommodation provider.. If you are looking to book a trip to Ballina and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.

Ballina lies south of Byron Bay in the Northern Rivers region. While Byron Bay is the better known town of the two, Ballina is great for visitors looking for a quieter time. Many people will base themselves in Ballina and take day trips to Byron Bay.

Ballina’s wonderful climate, great location at the mouth of the Richmond River, superb beaches (South Ballina Beach is the star) and hinterland, offer lots of options for travelers. There are the water-based attractions, such as swimming, scuba diving, surfing, fishing, boating, whale-watching (between June and November) and dolphin watching (all year) – and the seafood is always fresh and wonderful.

Close to Ballina, the Victoria Park Nature Reserve is one of the remnants of the Big Scrub. The reserve covers 43 acres, with 20 acres of untouched rainforest, and clearly marked walking trails.

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Ballina climate

As in the rest of this part of New South Wales, the climate is sub-tropical. Summer temperatures (December to February) hit about 86 F and winter temperatures (June to August) are 68 F.

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Best Time to Fly to Ballina

This part of New South Wales is a year-round destination, meaning there’s really no bad time to visit Ballina. 

Peak Season: 

January and February are the busiest months. Easter is also a popular time with families. Whale-watching season runs from June to November, making it a popular time to visit as well. Ballina will also be busy when Byron Bay holds its many festivals. Accommodations in Ballina and Lismore often booked-up to handle the overspill from Byron.

Off Season: 

Low season rates for accommodations kick in after the Easter holiday and last until the September/October school vacations.

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Getting around Ballina

There are plenty of rental-car companies with desks at the local airports. Airport transfers and shuttles also link the airports with Ballina and other towns in the region.

A rental car is essential if you’re planning on getting around this part of New South Wales. Bus and coach services in the Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby areas are operated by Blanch’s Bus Company.

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Ballina Travel Information

  • Visit the Thursday Plantation and discover the magic of natural therapies in a rainforest garden, sculpture park and Tea Tree Maze. 
  • A three-hour cultural tour of Ballina and the surrounding areas will take visitors to mythological sites to hear stories of local Aboriginal legends. The full tour takes in morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. 
  • One of the best markets in the area is the Channon Craft Market in Lismore. There are more than 250 stalls every month selling fresh produce, therapeutic goods and services, art, crafts and more.
  • The Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum on Regatta Avenue tells the story of this region and contains the original Las Balsas raft and the largest collection of Naval and Merchant Ships in Australia.

 

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