More like a resort than a motor inn.

The Ballina Island Motor Inn is a resort style complex comprising 40, spacious, ground level rooms. Each room has carefully considered amenities to ensure our guests’ utmost comfort.

Ballina can be found on the Ballina Byron Coast of NSW just 20 minutes south of Byron Bay and 10 minutes from Lennox Head, ideally positioned to host business travellers, families and tourists alike.

Guests will find themselves a short distance from a wealth of activities and can return after a day of exploring to relax in two acres of beautifully landscaped, tropical gardens complete with a lagoon style, salt water pool or, if they prefer, take a pre dinner ride on one of our bikes or, for the more athletic, challenge themselves with one of our running tracks to unwind then perhaps a stop at our wine bar before tasting the delights offered at our award winning licensed restaurant

You will be made to feel at home from the moment you arrive at the Ballina Island Motor Inn.

Facilities Garden WiFi and Pool Towels
Facilities Bar and Courtyard-and Room Service


The Ballina Motor Inn provides in-room or restaurant breakfast and dinner service 6 days a week, as well as light snacks and meals in the wine bar. Our chef also prepares a range of freshly made, healthy ‘Grab-n-Go’ lunches.

There are a number of easily accessible walking, jogging and cycling paths along the river and foreshore that staff will be happy to advise you about and provide maps. See Run the River below.

The CBD is close and a public bus stop is just one block from our front door. It also just a short stroll to Dan Murphy's, West Tower Tavern, Spar Supermarket, Northern Rivers Seafood, the Ploy Thai Restaurant, Ballina Bakehouse, Quay West Newsagency, the Ballina West Medical Centre and of course The Big Prawn!

Facilities and Services.

  • Free On-site parking
  • Broadband Internet Access
  • Outdoor salt water pool and spa
  • Covered Courtyard
  • Disabled Facilities
  •  Free Guest Laundry
  • Meeting rooms
  • Wedding Venue
  • Pet Friendly
  • Boat and Coach off-road Parking
  • Free WiFi throughout
  •   Licensed Restaurant
  • Tropical Gardens
  • In-room Foxtel and Movies
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Business Services
  • Close to Public Transport
  • Free Bike Hire
  • Tour Desk
  • Public Wine Bar
  • Room Service
  • Ironing facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Function Centre
  • 10 minutes from airport


Ballina Island Motor Inn recognizes that pets are part of our guests’ family and welcomes cats and dogs subject to availability. Please see the Pet Policy below.


Reception and guest services Monday - Friday 7.00am - 9.00pm. Weekends and public holidays 8am - 8pm

The guest services team can assist with taxis, restaurant and theatre bookings, on site bicycle hire, and general information as required about Ballina.

Check-in and Check-out times: Late check-out and early arrival are available by prior arrangement.

For arrivals outside Office Hours: (7.00am – 9.00pm Mon – Friday and 8am – 8pm Saturday and Sunday) guests may collect their room key from our keysafe. If you wish to utilise this service you will need to obtain your keysafe code from reception during office hours prior to your arrival. Call +61 2 6686 8866.

  • Breakfast Menu: 6.45am - 9.00am Monday to Saturday. Continental only on Sundays
  • Dinner Menu: 6.00pm - 8.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Available for use from 8am - 8pm. The outdoor pool and spa is the ideal place to relax, whether your stay with us is for business or pleasure! With room service also available poolside, you can enjoy a cocktail or light snack while relaxing under the palms in the beautiful surroundings of the pool.
We offer our guests free use of our house bikes. Helmets, locks and bikeway maps are available from our guest services team at the front desk.

We have developed a variety of running routes for our guests to challenge themselves as well as some walking routes that take in some of the beauty that Ballina is proud of..

The most popular run is "The 12 K Canter" which is split into three legs. First is the 2 km stretch from the motel, to the Ballina RSL where you divert to the boardwalk to enjoy the maritime activities as you continue your exercise. From here, you complete the 4 km leg, past the Maritime museum and Ballina Swimming Pool with its enticing slide along the Richmond River and Shaw Bay to finally have a breather at the Lighthouse Beach SLSC and its stunning Beach. For those who want a serious cardio workout another K on, and up over the hill is Shelly Beach and the Belle General, a lovely place to stop for cool drink or some breakfast.

Follow the path you took back to BIMI seeing everything from a different perspective then jump in our salt water pool to cool off.

Maps available from our Guest Services Team at the main desk

Ballina Island Motor Inn recognizes that dogs are considered part of our guests’ family and welcomes them to our motel. There are however only THREE (3) pet friendly rooms available so we advise you to make your booking well in advance. Room type and location are restricted so please ring us prior to booking to check room availability. We do charge a $25.00 pet fee which is added to your account. This fee is to cover “flea bombing” the room on your departure. Unfortunately because of room design we cannot accommodate other pets, including cats.

To ensure all our guests have a safe, comfortable and allergy free room, we do not allow dogs in any other room and a fee of $125.00 will be charged if a dog is kept in a non-dog friendly room to cover the cost of the additional servicing this room will require. 

All dog friendly rooms will be fitted with a baby gate on your arrival to ensure your dog is kept within the tiled area. We hold a $125.00 bond for the times dog has been allowed on the furniture, bed or carpeted area and additional servicing to the room is required. Dog dander creates allergic reactions in susceptible people and the $125.00 covers the cost of steam cleaning the furniture, bed and carpet. The bond will be refunded at checkout once a room inspection has been done and it has been determined that no additional servicing is required. We are sure you will understand that the wellbeing of all guests is paramount, and you would expect us to eliminate any potential risks to a guest’s health. 

We understand not all dogs will find staying in the tiled area acceptable and in such cases we are, unfortunately, unable to offer you and your pet accommodation. 

For the safety and comfort of all our guests, you are kindly requested to follow some simple rules during your stay with your pet: 

  • Animals are not allowed on the furniture or bed at any time. 
  • Dogs are not permitted on the carpeted area but may be housed in the bathroom. 
  • Dogs are not to be left unattended at any time 
  • Keep your dog on a leash and under control on the motel grounds at all times 
  • Clean up after your dog immediately and dispose of their deposit thoughtfully, we have a bin behind the gate to the right of the portico. Please speak to staff if you cannot locate it. 
  • Any damage incurred to the room by the pet is the responsibility of the guest. 
  • Please note it is important to respect other motel guests. Should we receive a complaint from a guest, your pet will not be allowed to stay on the property. 


Dogs are permitted on the following beaches: 

  • ? Sharpes Beach, Skennars Head - leash required 
  • ? Angels Beach, East Ballina - leash required 
  • ? Ballina Spit - leash required 
  • ? Seven Mile Beach, Lennox Head (North of Lake Ainsworth) - effective control 
  • ? Patches Beach, South Ballina (500m North and 500m South of access road) - effective control 

Dogs are prohibited on all other beaches in the Ballina Shire. 

In addition to the beaches above, there are three designated parkland areas within Ballina Shire where you can exercise your dog off leash: 

  • ? Rear of Bicentennial Gardens, Ballina 
  • ? Compton Drive, East Ballina 
  • ? Gap Road, Alstonville 

Veterinarian Services

In line with our values of making the wellbeing of all our guests our priority the Ballina Island Motor Inn is designated as Non-Smoking Accommodation.

There are however two designated smoking areas to accommodate the needs of guests who wish to smoke. 

In the event a guest smokes or permits smoking in a motel room a Deep Cleaning and Deodorizing of $125.00 will be posted to the guest account upon checkout or processed as a late charge on the guest account if the violation is reported after the guest has departed.

For your convenience we recommend that you advise our Guest Services Team when booking that you would like to have a room near a designated smoking area