Where to wakesurf in Ballina

When people think of the Northern Rivers, it’s the world-class beaches and perfect tropical climate that usually come to mind. But the Northern Rivers region is also home to some stunning waterways, including the picturesque Richmond River.

Under-utilised in terms of boat traffic, the Richmond River is ideal for water sports, and the people who specialise in water sports are local, family-owned-and-run operator Odyssey Wake Surf N Ski. With Odyssey, you can wakeboard and tube up and down the river, pulled by high-powered boats. You can also try your hand at wakesurfing. Similar to wakeboarding, wakesurfing is when you literally ride a constant wave created by the boat — hands-free once you’ve found that ‘sweet spot’. Whether you’re a family, a group of friends, or even a hens or bucks party, a day out with Odyssey is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day on the river!

At the mouth of the Richmond River, where it meets the Pacific Ocean, is Reflections Holiday Park, Shaws Bay. The park offers a variety of facilities and accommodation options, including new, premium cabins. Architecturally designed, the cabins are stylish, stream-lined and overlook the river’s mouth and Ballina’s famous Breakwall.

The cabins feature everything you could need while on holiday (including TVs in every room, washing machines, dryers and even Nespresso coffee machines) and are environmentally-sustainable. There’s nothing better than falling asleep to the lulling sounds of gentle waves — just a stone’s throw from the park’s doorstep.