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Published April 19th 2019
Update January 18th 2021
Further improvements have been made to the walk. There is an extension to the concrete path and plenty of clean sandy beach areas for young children to play on.
The very easy but interesting and picturesque walk around Shaws Bay Ballina, the 3.4km Shaws Bay Loop can be walked in 45 minutes or combined with other walks in the area. This walk is suitable all year and most times of day and if you do it on a regular basis you will notice the differences in tides, vegetation and marine life.
Improvements to the recreational amenities and access to Shaws Bay is an ongoing council project which is already providing great benefits to local residents. As there are two caravan parks adjacent to the walk it is also very popular with tourists and visitors.
Historic Fenwick House and Shaws Bay Hotel (image JW)
As you walk along the smooth wide path, you will encounter informative signage at regular intervals. Some of the signs describe the natural environment and others whilst others offer interesting facts and pictures about the history of the area.
The shared path is suitable for prams, mobility scooters and cyclists as well as walkers and joggers. On warm days, you can cool off in the calm tidal waters of Shaws Bay or grab a wave at nearby Lighthouse Beach.
This walk is full of natural scenic beauty and on a lucky day, you can see dolphins in the river and/or whales passing the end of the break wall. Shaws Bay is also popular for fishing, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, canoeing and relaxing.
This activity is great for families as there is plenty to look at, there is playground equipment in Pop Dennison Park, toilets at the beach, in the park and next to the Marine Rescue building. Food and drink can be bought at Shaw's Bay Hotel, the local takeaway and the surf life-saving club.