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South Ballina - Patches Beach [See 3D Map]


A fairly easy beach drive at low tide.  It's possible  to drive from South Ballina to Evan's Head depending on the tides.  About halfway along there is a rocky section, which is easy at the bottom of the tide, but  however we had to turn back at a rocky section as the tide was too high  - if we had waited another half an hour we could have driven through like we have done on previous occasions.  Occasional there is a 1m step from some of the access tracks to the beach - particularly after the spring tides.


Access is either from the Ferry at Ballina or via a number of access roads.

Difficulty: Moderate Track Moderate
Length: 30km to 100km
Features: Sand
Latitude: -28.905403
Longitude: 153.563118

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2015-03-01 Toyota Pradovikingdownunder Work shop with MNF 4x4 Accessories great day out. 23 4x4's come out
2012-05-28 Toyota Hilux SurfHeath86
2012-02-27 Nissan Patrolfrosty Beautiful Beach. Not to busy and plenty of room. The rocks can be crossed by a high lifted 4x4. Or, wait untill low tide. Close to amenities and the camp ground is only 100 metres off the access track. Watch your tide times because in some places, the tide will swallow you whole!! There are several access tracks off the beach at various points.
2010-04-10 Toyota LandcruiserBucky1 We go fishing here all the time great fun for the hole family. Good fishing in winter Tailor, Jew & bream
1989 Toyota LandcruiserWalkabout
01/11/11 Holden Coloradoross and cher fantastic beach run - not too crowded, entrance at the Border Creek Road end can be a bit soft

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Climatic data for South Ballina - Patches Beach

Mean Max Temp °C28.2°28.0°26.8°24.9°22.5°20.1°19.8°21.0°23.4°24.9°25.8°27.4°
Mean Min Temp °C19.5°19.3°18.0°14.9°12.2°9.7°8.4°8.8°11.3°14.0°16.1°17.9°
Avg Rainfall mm160.2184.0215.0155.7177.2183.3121.6100.763.294.3125.5126.7
Likelyhood of rain*32%35%45%35%42%32%29%26%19%26%32%29%
Weather data obtained from BALLINA AIRPORT AWS, located 7.8kms from South Ballina - Patches Beach
* Likelihood of more than 1mm rain falling on any day in the given month.

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Live weather data obtained from BALLINA AIRPORT AWS, located 7.8kms from South Ballina - Patches Beach, courtesy of the BOM
* Data is fetched for yesterday's rainfall at 12.30pm each day.
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