Tuesday, 6 June 2017

The area of Ballina, Queensland

A few photos of Ballina and of course the 'Big Prawn'.

The first lighthouse was constructed in 1866 then replaced by the current one in 1879 first lit in 1880 and still is active.

Ballina is an Irish name, but it was also adapted from the Aboriginal 'Bullenah', which means a 'place of many oysters'. Ballina was established as a port city for shipping out timber, dairy produce and other products to Sydney and the wider world, in the days when the Richmond and Wilsons Rivers were navigable at least as far as Lismore. As the railways were developed, the roads were built and the rivers silted up, Ballina retained its importance as a regional centre, but developed different types of industries.
Ballina is still known for it's seafood with both the ocean and the estuary offering fishing opportunities, and many local industries based on fisheries.



Ballina Heads below and the view from above.
















45 comments:

  1. Wonderful place! I would not mind to spend a few weeks there, not only for its beauty but for the abundance of seafood. :)

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  2. In addition of its beautiful beaches, you have to keep in mind the good tasting of seafood.

    Kisses

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  3. It is a lovely fresh looking spot. And the Big Prawn is a huge landmark. Like many of our other 'Big Things'.

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  4. Such beautiful blues in your pictures, but that lighthouse is my favourite!

    All the best Jan

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  5. Oh the sea view is just gorgeous! The wee lighthouse is so cute!
    I see another Irish name in there too: there is Lismore in county Waterford.
    Really enjoyed your photos!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed.
      Many towns, rivers etc. in Australia named same or similar as Irish ones.

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  6. My, that IS a big prawn! As always, thanks for the local architecture.

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    1. Faded in colour because of the sun but it's pretty good still.

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  8. Such a great lot of photos, the big prawn is pretty cool and so Aussie

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    1. Very Aussie is that prawn, and it's in Bunnings J0-Anne, in their carpark.

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  9. Great report on Ballina.
    What more could you wish for in summer especially - fantastic surfing area
    and (my mouth waters !!!! ) - that seafood especially the prawns and oysters!
    Pure heaven.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Definitely heaven there Colin.
      Beach was closed when we were there due to shark sighting.

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  10. Thanks for this brief history and beautiful look around. Guess what i'm having for dinner.

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  11. It really is a lovely town... and don't forget The Big Prawn!

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  12. There are times I feel like a big prawn...and I don't only mean just feasting upon one!! :)

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  13. It was nice seeing the big prawn. Enjoyed reading them:)

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  14. There are everything, the church, the court room, sea, lighthouse and.................Beautiful sun.

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  15. Just another delightful place you have shown us, but always when especially viewing the FNQ photos, to a lesser extent northern NSW, I can't help but think of the summer heat and humidity.

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    1. In summer for sure, but no too bad in winter Andrew.

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  16. Amazing place!
    Thank you for wonderful virtual visit through beautiful pics!

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  17. Hello Margaret,
    Great pictures. Wonderful that beach.
    Your last shot is very funny. So nice!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. I expect you don't have large things in your country such as the Prawn :)

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  18. Lovely places. I like the lighthouse and the huge crab .

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