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Ballina makes a fantastic base for anyone exploring New South Wales’ gorgeous coastline. The small coastal town is close to other popular spots like Byron Bay and is fully equipped to service visitors and holidaymakers with two shopping areas, fully patrolled swimming beaches, a range of eateries, and plenty of accommodation options.

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Important information for car rentals in Ballina

Ballina Airport guide

Visit the South Ballina Beach during summer with your Ballina car hire. Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is a small regional airport along Southern Cross Drive with flights arriving daily from Sydney, Melbourne, and other Australian cities. It has one terminal and one runway and is located six minutes drive from Ballina city centre and 30 minutes drive from Byron Bay.

Inside the terminal building, there are necessary amenities including bathrooms and a cafe. Accessible toilets are available. Car hire Ballina Airport counters are easy to spot within the small terminal, and there are also shuttles, taxis, and transfer services. There are short stay and long stay parking lots outside the terminal building.

Driving a hire car in Ballina and New South Wales

The best way to ensure that you have an enjoyable and positive holiday with your Ballina car rental is to stay safe on the roads. These tips are just a few things that you should keep in mind as you touch down, pick up your wheels, and get moving.

Don’t forget to drive on the left! In Australia, traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road, and in the vast majority of vehicles, the driver sits on the right. This is the opposite of what many international visitors are used to. If you haven’t experienced this layout before, we recommend that you take some time to get acclimated on quiet roads at low speeds before going on a road trip in your Ballina car hire.

Mild waves at Main Beach Byron Bay.

  • You may come across some spectacular views while driving your hire car along the New South Wales coastline. To take them in properly, find a lookout or some place you can stop, pull over, and enjoy. Distracted driving is dangerous, so build extra time into your itinerary for safe sightseeing.
  • All speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour, and distances in kilometres. Always have your Australian driving license/International drivers licence ready to avoid any hassle.
  • The border with Queensland is not too far north of Ballina. If you cross it, be aware that there will be some small changes to the road rules—for example, the safe driving distance between cars is set at three seconds in New South Wales and two seconds in Queensland.
  • If you enjoy travelling to NSW wine regions or just the local bars in Ballina, arrange alternative transport. The legal blood alcohol concentration limits for drivers in the state are set low at 0% for anyone holding a learner or provisional licence, 0.02% for those driving heavy vehicles, public vehicles, or dangerous goods, and 0.05% for everyone else.

Plan your trip with a Ballina Airport car rental

BHead your car hire Ballina to Byron Bay and enjoy the sunset.Having your own set of wheels in this spectacular part of New South Wales opens up so many wonderful destinations. It’s a popular spot for a coastal road trip, particularly for visitors who like to swim and surf, but that’s not all that’s on offer here. There are plenty of exciting cities and sizable towns to discover, national parks, wildlife encounters. With the freedom of a car rental Ballina Airport, you may even feel the call of Australia’s vast and wild Outback.

Here are a few of the best things to see and do within a few hours’ drive of Ballina Byron Gateway Airport. We hope they serve as inspiration for your own car hire itinerary!

Byron Bay

Unmissable. Just half an hour’s drive from Ballina, this bustling beach town is very popular—but for good reason. The friendly vibes here are unmatched, and it is a meeting place of residents and visitors from all corners of the globe. The beach has epic surf breaks and warm, clear waters. There are plenty of walking tracks along the coastline, and from June to October, you can often see migrating humpback whales. The Cape Byron Lighthouse is a great vantage point for whale watching!


If you’re heading inland, make a stop at Nimbin. This lush hinterland town is known for its hippie ethos and aesthetics. The counterculture is strong here, and it’s also a significant centre for the traditional landowners, the Bundjalung people. Check the calendar before you visit, as you may find an event to attend. Nimbin is often hosting arts and music festivals.

Aerial view of Nimbin Village.Brunswick Heads

This is a fantastic destination for outdoorsy travellers and can be found just a short drive up the coast past Byron Bay. Canoeing, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, and eco river tours are all on offer here from various providers. Head into the small village to visit the market that runs on the first Saturday of every month or enjoy some local culinary delights. If you have more time to spare, you can also cruise the Richmond River and enjoy fishing.

Nightcap National Park

This park contains some World Heritage-listed ancient rainforest, making it a great place to hike, camp, and just enjoy the marvels of Australia’s unique flora and fauna. Of note are the population of rare and threatened frogs which inhabit the park’s waterways, the spectacular waterfalls, and the sites of historic significance both colonial and Aboriginal.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Many visitors to Australia want to see the amazing native wildlife, and for good reason—some fascinating creatures live here! Currumbin is an advanced Eco-Tourism Certified facility that allows people to get up close and personal with the incredible wildlife while also supporting conservation efforts in the region and nationwide. Here you can see koalas, kangaroos, an array of birds, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, wombats, and more. You can also participate in or observe feeding sessions, shows, and cultural presentations.


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Ballina Airport car hire: Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to hire a car at Ballina Airport?

Looking for cheap car hire? As tends to be the case everywhere, the cost of a rental car in Ballina will vary depending on both the type of vehicle and the time of year. A compact car may set you back less than AUD $60 per day, while a large SUV could cost several hundred dollars daily.

With GoSee’s search engine, it’s very easy to look at car hire options from Ballina Airport and compare them at a glance. Conduct a search for your dates and find the rental that fits your budget. If you need further assistance on the prices or need details on your rental agreement, you may contact our customer support team to get a more accurate rental estimate.

What is the cheapest car hire agency at Ballina Airport?

This is variable, but Budget Car Hire in Ballina is usually an affordable option.

What car rental companies are at Ballina Airport?

Companies offering car hire in Ballina Byron Airport include Europcar, Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, Budget, Keddy, and Avis. Follow the signs to the rental car park to collect your vehicle.

Find great deals and a wide range of vehicle offers when you rent a car from any of these trusted brands through GoSee!

Which car hire companies in Ballina have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The majority of rental car providers in Australia have updated cleaning and safety policies due to COVID-19. If they have, it will be listed in the search results as “Enhanced Cleaning”. You can check supplier websites for more information.

Can I collect a car from Ballina Airport and return it somewhere else?

Yes, one-way car rentals from Ballina Airport are allowed by most suppliers if they have depots at either end of your desired route. You may drop off your vehicle in Gladstone, or even in Tamworth. You may also opt to complete your trip in Coffs Harbour or Rockhampton. When you make a search, specify the places you wish to pick up and drop off the rental car. Double-check that the details are right before confirming your booking.

What is the most popular car hire in Ballina?

Compact vehicles (Nissan Micra or similar) are the most frequently booked car rentals Ballina at the moment.

What are fuel prices like in Ballina?

Ballina is in a well-populated part of Australia, and fuel prices will be in line with the rest of the country. This can change according to global trends, so we recommend you find current information with a quick google search before your car hire trip.

Where are the best places to park in Ballina?

Need to park your hire car? Ballina Airport features 650 car parking spaces located just outside the terminal building. In downtown Ballina, there is a mixture of free parking and paid parking. If you are parking your rental vehicle on the road, check for parking signs that will notify you of any time restrictions or parking fees.

What’s the speed limit in Ballina?

The default speed for built-up areas in New South Wales is 50 kph. This will likely be the limit on roads within the town of Ballina, but you should always look for posted speed limit signs as these can provide the most accurate information.

How far is Ballina Airport from central Ballina?

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is four kilometres from the centre of the city. This is a drive of around six minutes.