A wonderfully designed, north-east facing apartment nestled in a quiet cul de sac a moments stroll from magical Shelly Beach. This idyllic holiday destination is located in one of the most naturally beautiful places in Australia. The coastline, surrounding hinterland, close proximity to Lennox Head (7 minutes) and Byron Bay (20 minutes) makes this the perfect spot to unwind, relax and enjoy.
The property backs onto a tranquil nature reserve ensuring privacy and the splendor of a forest environment in the heart of East Ballina. Wake up to the gentle sounds of the local bird population. From the second floor 60 square meter roof terrace you can enjoy delightful views of the coast line and a cool sea breeze as the sunsets. The perfect spot to top up your tan in comfort.
The property has been newly renovated and includes modern facilities. A contemporary fully functional kitchen that is a delight to prepare the simplest summer salads to a feast when entertaining family and friends. Well considered and detailed bathrooms and touch screen lighting are a few of the many features that make for a luxurious and effortless holiday.
The apartment decor is neutral, clean and elegant, creating the perfect environment to relax and unwind. Furnished with international interior designer Kelly Hoppen's new lifestyle collection the look is contemporary and comfortable. The white lacquered woods, mirrored surfaces and neutral linens are complimented by hardwood floors throughout. The master bedroom and en suite bathroom have a muted palette of neutrals and white, the perfect private, calm space to retreat and pamper. All bedrooms have large built in wardrobes and 1000 thread count 100% cotton bedlinen. The second and third bedrooms have a private terrace overlooking an established garden.
The 1st floor has a 30 square meter balcony with a BBQ, a sublime location to eat breakfast overlooking nature or dine under the stars. Fire up the BBQ and enjoy some of the local seafood.
Ballina shire has some of the most incredible beaches in Australia. On the door step of the apartment is Shelly Beach (200mtrs)and Lighthouse Beach (800mtrs south) both with life saving clubs and flagged area's. In between lies Shelly's on the Beach, a great location for a relaxed early morning coffee with spectacular views of the pacific. A short stroll north takes you to Angels Beach and then onto Sharpes beach. All beaches have fantastic point breaks and excellent surfing. Local dolphin pods can be seen frolicking in the waves all year round and this is an ideal location to watch the whale migration from May to August.
There is also good sheltered, calm water swimming at Shaw's Bay, a salt water tidal lake, and in North creek. Perfect for young children and less confident swimmers.
Ballina (5 minute drive/ 20 minute walk) is a well serviced hub with great restaurants, shopping facilities and pubs. Favourites are Sandbar, Shaws Bay, and The Point. The town has a fantastic retro 70's beach town vibe and local population are incredibly hospitable and friendly.
Everything is within walking distance or leisurely bike ride.
An easy 7 minute drive north brings you to Lennox Head, a quaint beach enclave nestled on the southern headland of Seven Mile Beach, as the name suggests 7 miles of perfect white sand and crystal clear water. Not only are the beaches incredible, the village vibe is chilled and cool. The dining is elegant and relaxed. Check out the Blackboard Cafe, Seven Mile Cafe and Opes for a great dining experience or try one of the little cafes on Pacific Parade. Definitely watch the sunset from the Lennox headland and then wander into town for a beverage or two on the balcony of The Lennox Hotel. You will be in complete holiday mode after this.
Don't miss a swim at Lake Ainsworth. This freshwater Tea tree lake at the northern end of Pacific Parade is a treat.
Bangalow is a town set in the ranges above Byron Bay. The drive from the coast road has some of the most beautiful views looking back onto Australia's most easterly point and out to the infinite horizon of the pacific ocean. The high street has all the charm of an early 20th century Australian town. The local towns people have made a conscious effort to preserve the original architectural detail and have managed to give it a contemporary spin with great boutiques, vintage stores and cafes. Our favourite's are the local ladies auxillary, brilliant for crotchet children's toys and Island life for cool resort fashion.
25 minutes north is the international renowned holiday destination of Byron Bay, Australia's most eastern point. Always buzzing with activity and energy this busy village has beautiful beaches and people galore. Its the ultimate destination for dining and night life in the region. It is also a contrasting alternative community with amazing spa and wholistic health services.
Yoga, health retreats, fantastic hikes, water sports - sea kayaking, diving and surf lessons, a Dendy cinema are just some of the activities.
It also has a fantastic cultural and events calendar each year with international programme's like the Byron Bay Bluesfest, 21st to 26th April 2011.
Moving away from the coast and into the Hinterland
you have some amazing villages that have there own personalities and things of interest happening. Mullumbimby has a good handicraft and local art seen. Nimbin is a town caught in a time warp of 60's alternative ideologies, fantastic people watching and interesting conversations to be had with the locals.
The hinterland of Northern NSW is incredible, Lamington National Park has some beautiful rainforest and invigorating hiking. The climb to Mt Warning, a volcano core, is a fantastic 2 hr ascent to a summit with 360 degree views of the whole region.
The Gold Coast is the main service hub of the area. It also one of the biggest tourist destinations in the southern hemisphere. Entertainment is the focus with theme parks that cater for the young, the old and everyone in between. Seaworld, Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movie World, Wet and Wild, Australian Outback Spectacular and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the highlights.
Ballina/ Byron Bay Airport is a 5 minute drive from East Ballina. There are daily services direct from Sydney with the following airlies:
Gold Coast International Airport is a 60 minute drive from East Ballina. There are direct flights from most Australian cities and some international destinations.
The pacific highway 1 is a lovely drive through the lush hinterland. You also have the option of a more leisurely drive along the coastal roads, one of the most beautiful drives on the east coast of Australia. Check out the beach towns of Cabarita, Hastings Point and Pottsville all with amazing beaches, chic little cafes and classic Australian pubs.
Brisbane International Airport is 170km, approximately a 2hr drive, north. Daily domestic and international flights service the airport.
Cars can be hired through all major car companies and collected at Ballina/ Byron Bay, Gold Coast and Brisbane airports.
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