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Car Hire from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport

Car Hire at Ballina Airport

This information is correct as of July 2015

Whether you want to relive your hippy days in Byron Bay, horse-ride on a white sandy beach in Ballina or hike through the rainforest at Coffs Harbour, you can find the best car hire at Ballina Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Ballina Airport

There are five car hire companies with desks at Ballina Airport: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Ballina Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Luckily there is a Ballina Depot petrol station located just a 4 minutes drive from Ballina Airport. Head east from the airport and continue on to Southern Cross Drive. The petrol station will be on the left hand side.

Driving around Ballina Airport

Ballina Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is located in the heart of the Northern NSW Rivers region and is less than 30 minutes driving from Byron Bay. Ballina is on the Pacific Highway meaning a journey time of around 9 hours to Sydney and just over 2 to Brisbane.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Ballina Airport.

Byron Bay

There is a magnetic pull to Byron Bay that many find hard to resist. Once the hangout of hippies and artists, Byron Bay hasn’t lost its Bohemian roots and is now one of Australia’s hottest destinations. Its blissful vast sandy beaches are ideal for whale and dolphin watching, sand-castle building, sunbathing, surfing and all manner of adventurous water-sports. In the north, rippling plantations of sugar cane, lush rainforests and volcanic outcrops create a stunning natural backdrop. In the centre, juice bars and healthy cafes, dozens of art galleries and hip bars, outdoor markets and cosy bookshops make this place a pleasure in which to hang out.

Byron Bay is just 30 minutes by car from Ballina Airport. Head east onto Southern Cross Drive heading for the Coast Road. Follow signs for Byron Bay.

Coffs Harbour

Woven between sea and mountains, the Coffs Coast is a breath-taking palette of colour. Beautiful villages, parks, majestic mountains and long soft sandy beaches are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Hike through rainforests, surf the coastline, look out for possums, dolphins, whales and koalas, or indulge in the fabulous array of food, wine, shopping and nightlife. There is adventure of all kinds in Coffs Harbour.

Coffs Harbour is a two and a half hour drive from Ballina Airport. From Southern Cross Drive take the exit for the Pacific Highway. Follow this to Coffs Harbour.


Ballina is a natural beauty with winding waterways, pristine secluded beaches and wild hinterlands that are just waiting for hikers, walkers, joggers, surfers and cyclists to explore. Get romantic with an exhilarating horse ride on Tassiriki Beach, kayak past historical headlands, spot unusual birds, rummage through car boot sales and haggle in local markets, take the kids to an adventure park or to water world. Whatever you do, don’t miss Ballina’s most famous sight, ‘The Big Prawn’.

It takes less than ten minutes to reach Ballina from the airport. Head east onto Southern Cross Drive following signs to the centre of Ballina.

There is plenty of on and off street parking in Ballina. Charges apply form 9am to 6pm and start from 30 cents per hour. Some hotels in Ballina also offer free parking.

Prices subject to change

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