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Ballina - Our home Port

Jack and Jude
Deckee Pro  
Reviewed Jan 2017
Our home port - The biggest hurdle at Ballina is crossing the bar, after which there are tons of safe spots to drop you hook, plus a river that can be navigated as far as Broadwater, 20 miles upstream. And, if you can lower your mast, as far as Lismore 40 miles upstream.

Just off the town there are two floating pontoons providing short stays with restaurants, grocery and variety stores a short walk away. Stay longer if the pontoons are not in demand.

If anchoring is your preference, as it is with Jack and Jude, a good place is just upstream of the sailing club that is next to the outdoor swimming pool evident by the massive water slide. Take care, there are unmarked shoals downstream. Or further upstream, a popular stop is outside the trawler harbour. Or pretty much anywhere, but all anchorages are stream effected. There is also a well protected pond of water on the south side called Mobbs Bay. It's shallow but Ok for up to 2 m draft in a small area. It's rather isolated from town, best access being across the river by dinghy. If a longer stay is planned, contact the Ballina Slipway and inquire about a mooring or alongside up Emigrant Creek, which is entered just upstream of the Burns Point Ferry. A good tide is needed by keelboats with the shallowest bit at the red buoys marking the first turn.


Crossing the river bar can be dangerous so do take care. Never enter in an outgoing tide with any sort of swell outside. Also, afternoon sea breezes whip up the sea on the bar, so we nearly always cross at early light, with at least half tide rising. Stay on the leads, or favor the north a bit. Do not get anywhere near the south wall - there have been boats lost attempting that shallow area. Of course, get the latest advice from the Marine Rescue Tower and know where the several sets of leads are before entering.

Hope that helps.
Plenty of shopping close to river - heaps of anchorages.
Easy to be secluded.
Crossing the river bar can be dangerous so do take care
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Very sheltered anchorage in Mobbs Bay

John Peirce
Reviewed Dec 2016
We went into the Richmond River several years ago following Alan Lucas' 'Cruising the NSW Coast' advice. There is a very sheltered anchorage in Mobbs Bay, good in all conditions. This is on the south side of the river approximately 1.5nm from the entrance. We sheltered there safely in very strong winds for several days, during which time two boats were wrecked on the river entrance bar. The bar is fine in settled conditions, you just need to be prepared to wait once in the river for appropriate conditions to exit to sea again. Meanwhile you can explore the river up to the the bridge at Wardell with ease.
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