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Ballina Maritime Museum




Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the La Balsas Expedition


A Day of Celebration and Learning Awaits as the Museum Honours a Historic Journey

Ballina, NSW, Australia – 20 October 2023

The Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum is proud to announce a special event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the La Balsas Expedition. The event will take place on 28th November 2023, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the museum premises, 8 Regatta Avenue, in Ballina, NSW.

Event Highlights

  • Honoured Guest: Fernard Robichaud, one of the crew members will be here on the day. Meet Fernard Robichaud: A Living Link to the La Balsas Expedition
  • Guest Speaker: A distinguished maritime historian will provide insights into the La Balsas Expedition, its challenges, and its historical significance.
  • Local Ballina Band: Live musical performances will add a festive touch to the event.
  • BBQ and Refreshments: Attendees can enjoy a sumptuous BBQ spread.
  • Gold Coin Admission: A minimal admission fee contributes to the museum’s educational programs.
  • Cake Cutting: A specially designed cake will be cut to mark the anniversary.
  • Souvenirs: Exclusive keepsakes commemorating the event will be available for purchase.

About the La Balsas Expedition

The La Balsas Expedition was a historic journey that took place in 1973, featuring a multinational crew that sailed from Ecuador to Australia on balsa wood rafts. The expedition stands as a testament to human courage, resilience, and international unity.

About the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum

The museum is home to a full-scale replica of the La Balsas Raft, complete with a digital screening that brings the expedition to life. The museum also features a range of other maritime antiquities.

Media Contact

Richard Greaves
President of the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum

8 Regatta Ave Ballina NSW Australia 

+61 02 6686 1002


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Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
8 Regatta Lane Ballina NSW Australia
+61 2 6686 1002