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Car Hire Ballina, NSW

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Rent a car in Ballina on Turo

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, hiring a car in Ballina is the most convenient way to get around this picturesque coastal town.

Look for SUVs or 4WDs to get to natural attractions with ease, find a luxury car to arrive at local restaurants in style, or book a people mover to fit the whole fam. Turo has the perfect ride for your next adventure.

Ballina car hire: How it works

Booking a car on Turo is all about flexibility and ease. Turo has numerous car hire choices in Ballina, ranging from EVs to sports cars to suit different needs and budgets. Skip the hassle of the car rental counter, and enjoy long and short-term hire options as well as extras (why not throw in a surfboard?)

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Find your car: 

Enter a date and location in Ballina (or beyond) and browse thousands of cars shared by local hosts. 

Book with Turo: 

Book on the Turo app or online, choose a protection plan, and say hi to your host! Cancel for free up to 24 hours before your trip, and get discounts if you book early or for a longer duration!

Hit the roads of Ballina:

Have the car delivered or pick it up from your host. Check in with the app, grab the keys, and hit the roads of Ballina!

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Things to do and places to see in Ballina, NSW

Located on the gorgeous coast of New South Wales, Ballina is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Whether you're looking to indulge in some retail therapy or soak up the sun on one of its pristine beaches, the town has it all. Shelly Beach and Boulder Beach are perfect for a day of relaxation and swimming, while Cape Byron Nature Reserve offers breathtaking views and hiking trails. The Richmond River is a prime spot for fishing and water activities, while the nearby village of Newrybar boasts charming cafes and Australia's oldest bakery. If you're looking to stock up on essential items, hop over to Ballina Central Shopping Centre where you'll find an array of shops including a supermarket, pharmacy, and department store.

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The Big Prawn

Take photos with the iconic Big Prawn (which stands at a towering 9m high), and visit the nearby seafood shop where you can purchase fresh local seafood.

Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum

Catch a glimpse into the rich nautical history of the region by visiting the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum. You'll find an impressive collection that includes rare and historic boats, model ships, and a range of naval artefacts that will take you back in time.

North Wall Ballina

Located at the mouth of the Richmond River, the North Wall not only protects the banks from erosion but also serves as a leisurely coastal walking path for visitors. Take in spectacular views of the river and coastline while enjoying the local birds and marine animals of the area as you stroll along this coastal walk.

Why hire a car with Turo?

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More bang for your buck

Find deals on all kinds of drives in Ballina and throughout Australia - from the everyday to the extraordinary - complete with a better, more convenient experience versus rental car companies. Find the perfect vehicle for your budget.

Free cancellation

Cancel for a full refund up to 24 hours before your Ballina trip starts. Because life happens and it helps to be flexible when it does.

Convenient delivery options, wherever you are in Ballina

Get your car delivered right to you or wherever you’re going. Many hosts offer delivery to custom locations or popular points of interest in Ballina and Byron Bay, like airports, train stations, and hotels.

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Top tips for hiring a car in Ballina, NSW

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Road rules and driving conditions around Ballina

Side of the road: Just like the rest of Australia, you'll be driving on the left side of the road in Ballina.

Speed limits: All roads and highways have designated speed limits that must be respected. If there are no speed limit signs, the default limit is 50km/h in urban areas and 100km/h for other roads.

BAC limits: The Blood Alcohol Limit (BAC) limit follows the standards set by the New South Wales government. There are 3 limits — zero, under 0.02 and under 0.05. Which limit applies to you will depend on your licence and the type of vehicle you're driving.

Animals on the road: It's not uncommon for motorists to encounter animals on Australian country roads. To ensure your safety, keep your speed in check, look out for wildlife warning signs, and keep an eye out for any movement near the road's edges. If you come across an animal on the road, reduce your speed, and avoid swerving.

Climate and flooding: Ballina is within a flood zone. Familiarise yourself with the local flood warnings and alert system — especially during the wetter months in October to June. Bring extra supplies in case you have to stay in the area longer than expected due to flooding. This would include food, water, flashlights, batteries, and other essential items.

Road quality: Roads are sealed within the Ballina town area. But if you're heading out to natural attractions in the area, you might encounter unpaved gravel or dirt roads.


Parking in Ballina and Byron Bay

If you're in the town areas of Ballina and Byron Bay, you can find free parking at many shopping areas (like Tamar Village, Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, and Byron Bay Fair) and along the street.

Take note of parking limit signs along the road to avoid getting any fines.

Parking at popular attractions like beaches and lookouts can get crowded, so do factor in the extra time needed to find a lot.


Do I need to rent a car in Ballina?

Renting a car is highly recommended when it comes to getting around Ballina - distances between attractions are long and the public transport system (like bus services) is limited.

Plus, having a car will allow you to make day trips to surrounding villages (including Byron Bay and Nimbin) and explore more of the area.


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