Here on the Northern Rivers the weather is perfect for getting outside and being active.

  • Walk, cycle or even hire bikes and explore the area’s cycle and walking paths.

  • Easy to access and a great way to admire and explore the local area.

  • Download a map or drop into Ballina Visitor’s Centre for more information.


  • Alstonville Country Cottages is situated within easy reach of all of these tracks and has secure off street parking for your bikes.

Alstonville Walking Tracks

At Alstonville Country Cottages we have a delightful 3km loop walk down to Duck Creek.
Wander through the rainforest. Enjoy the peace, listen to the birds, take your dog, swim in the creek.

Alstonville Heritage Walk.

If history is more your thing.

Take the 0.8km stroll from Crawford House Museum. Follow the trail through the streets and parks of Alstonville. Admire and learn about  the old buildings and churches.
You can even extend your walk from Alstonville up the leafy path from Bulwinkle Park. This walk is  a gradual slope and continues onto Wollongbar (1.4km oneway) with its rural views. Reward yourself with a  delicious locally grown coffee and a yummy treat at Nats Cafe.
Victoria Park- Boarded walkway suitable for prams and wheelchairs. See the massive figs and spot the active pademelons
Mountain bike through the purpose built tracks at Bruxner Highway Alstonville. Suitable for all levels.

Ballina Walk and Cycle Paths

Ballina has several excellent walking and cycling paths. These  are predominantly flat and have both river and coastal views. There are plenty of cafes to stop and have a coffee or a well deserved lunch. Leave your bike safely and cool off with a swim. Our favourite is at the Ballina Surf Club Cafe at Lighthouse Beach with its great views and service.
Here are some ideas and bike hire shops in Ballina

These are some of our favourite walks and cycles:

Ballina Loop 11.5km.  A flat walk/ cycle with lake, river and coastal views

Shaws Bay Loop Walk 3.4km. Shady loop including walking out to North Wall where you often can spot dolphins and humpback whales.
Ballina Maritime Museum to Sharpes Beach 8.2km Beach and dune views

East Ballina/ Lennox Cycle/ Walking Tracks

Angels Beach to Lennox 7.8km Walk or cycle along the coast (some onroad )
Sharpes Beach to Pat Morton Lookout 1.2km Gradual incline up to the point with magnificent views. Sit and watch the surfers and hang gliders.

Head up into the hills

Go hiking in the National Parks.

Two of our favourites spots are:

  • Whian Whian Forest with the spectacular Minyon Falls
  • Nightcap State Forest

Come and stay and let us  help you explore and  enjoy our great local area