When you think of Summer on the North Coast what do you think of ?

At Alstonville Country Cottages we think of beaches, swimming and leisurely picnics eating fresh seafood.

Or watching the sunset over the river with a plate of local oysters.


But where is the best place to catch or buy your seafood?


If your passion is oysters then look no further than Richmond Oysters on The Serpentine at East Ballina.  Local quality oysters at a great price. Sit on the edge of the river and enjoy a treat. BYO.

Prawns and seafood

In the heart of Ballina along River St.,  Northern Rivers Seafood has been operating a popular local and imported seafood business for over 30 years. This family run business offers a huge range of fish to suit everyone- cooked, fresh, frozen, live and smoked! Choose a lobster from the live tanks.

Or support the local trawlers at the Ballina Fishermen’s Coop. Locally grown and caught fish, crabs and prawns, near the Trawler harbour. Buy it fresh or cooked. Then head to a local beach or along the river for a delicious healthy picnic. http://ballinafishermenscoop.com.au

Also in Alstonville Trident Fish and grill has an excellent selection of local seafood to eat in or take away. All diets catered for. Try the great scallops…


If sitting overlooking the Richmond River at a licenced seafood restaurant is more your style, we recommend The Wharf Bar and Restaurant, http://wharfballina.com.au/  or The Point Bar and Restaurant at the the Ramada.

Lighthouse Beach Cafe overlooking the beach is another great spot for lunch.

Catching your own is a real treat.

Fishing along the edge of the Richmond River at Fawcett Wharf, off the rocks at North or South Wall are all great fun. Don’t have a licence? No problem you can easily buy a day licence from  Ballina Visitors Information Centre.http://discoverballina.com.au

Ballina Bait and Tackle, opposite the Big Prawn will also help you out with your fishing needs.
Don’t forget to have your photo taken in front of the Big Prawn. Built in 1989 as one of Australia’s iconic big things, the Prawn had a makeover in 2013 and now sports a tail!!

Get out on the water

Fancy trying your hand at crabbing or exploring the creeks. Hire a BBQ boat or tinnie. No licence required. http://ballinaboathire.com.au
Feeling more adventurous? Take a deep sea fishing charter from Ballina with Fozies Fishing Adventures. A range of trips on offer to suit you.Be shown the best spots and I’m sure you won’t come back empty handed.  http://foziesfishing.com.au
For more information and holidaying on the North Coast NSW
Don’t hesitate to contact us at
Alstonville Country Cottages info@alstonvillecottages.com