President Merv supervising the helmsman in the Museum

President Mr Merv Stevens

17 Howard Crescent, Ballina NSW 2478

Email         Phone 02 6681 5620


Secretary Mr Max Lewis PO Box 630, Ballina NSW 2478

Phone 02 6628 0086         Email

Sub Section Postal Address c/- Sub Section Secretary

MEETS 3rd Saturday of the month at the BALLINA RSL CLUB commencing at 1000

Ballina Sub Section operates the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum at Regatta Avenue Ballina, NSW, 2478 Australia

Open 9am to 4pm daily (some holidays excepted)                 

Admission: Adults $5  Children $2

PO Box 506 Ballina, NSW, 2478 Australia

Telephone/Fax: (02) 6681 1002  International: +61-2-6681 1002

Behind the Ballina Library and Tourist Information Centre in the main street, the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum is on the banks of the Richmond River, adjacent to a large coach and car park. The museum is staffed by volunteers and admission is by donation. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is good wheel chair access and the taking of photographs is permitted. The main attraction is the La Balsas raft, one of three that made the epic journey from Ecuador to Australia in 1973.  This remaining raft is complete, and there are lots of photographs and artefacts relating to the voyage on display.

For those with time to spare, a 50 minute video depicting the construction and the epic crossing to Australia, may be viewed on request.

website_Ballina_SS_PhotoSailorsMess_Museum_JUL2014The museum has a large collection of naval and maritime memorabilia: a replica naval mess deck, complete with hammocks, 21 inch torpedo, mannequins dressed in uniforms, model ships,

including one 1:72 scale of H.M. Yacht Britannia, and hundreds of photographs and paintings. Interesting items like ballast from the H.M.S bark Endeavour and decking from the Krait, a vessel used in the 1943 covert operation Jaywick during WWII, are also on display.

There is a picnic area between the river and the museum building and public toilets and disabled facilities are available. The recently refurbished swimming centre is also adjacent.

The museum is open daily from 9am to 4pm, Eastern Standard Time, with the exception of Xmas Day, Boxing Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday. rafters on Las Balsas

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