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We all have our travel niche—that one thing you’ve just gotta see, do or taste along the way—and if yours happens to be shrimp on the barbie, plan a holiday to the coast of New South Wales and visit the “Big Prawn”.

You read that right—over in the seaside city of Ballina, you’ll be within cruising range of blond beaches, a castle named after exotic nuts, and yes, the world’s largest model of the pandalus borealis. You’ve got to visit—for science! Book your Ballina car rental with us, and let’s roll.

Go Cruising

Even if seafood isn’t the be all and end all of your ideal getaway, where there are prawns, there’s a beach, and just 110km south of the Gold Coast, you’ll find both. Spend your days sunbathing on the sand at Lighthouse Beach and paddling your way through the waterways in a kayak.

Loads of Ballina accommodation can be found in the city centre, which makes it even easier to trade your bathers and thongs for walking shoes before hiking out to the Richmond River Lighthouse—shining bright since 1880.

Wondering where to find that colossal crustacean? We thought you’d never ask. Drive your Ballina car hire over North Creek and cruise down River Street—you can’t miss it. River Street is packed with restaurants and cafes, so order some fish and chips for the road.

Road Trip!

When the open road and the promise of stellar surfing calls your name, rent a car in Ballina and yell, “I’m on my way”! Roll the windows down and turn up the tunes as you follow the M1 up to Gold Coast. Stop at Macadamia Castle in Knockrow, just 16km outside Ballina. It might sound like the home of nutty royals, but a family-friendly animal park and nature conservation await—as do lots and lots of macadamia nut treats.

Eat up! You’ll need the energy for charging half-pipes and hanging 10 once you reach Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast.

Got your eye on some awesome holiday wheels? Score even more travel deals when you bundle airfares and accommodation in Ballina packages with Wotif. See you on the sand!