A Ballina man has been charged after a woman was seriously injured after being hit by a lounge thrown from a balcony in a hotel at Tamworth overnight.

The woman was on the ground floor of the hotel in Brisbane Street about 10pm yesterday (Friday 1 March) when the two-seater lounge was allegedly thrown over the first floor railing, falling about 7m.

The 43-year-old woman suffered spinal injuries and was taken to Tamworth Base Hospital to be stabilised before being flown to John Hunter Hospital. The woman is from Tamworth.

A 32-year-old man from Ballina and a 27-year-old man from Queensland were arrested at another hotel nearby a short time later.

They were taken to Tamworth Police Station where they have each been charged with:

• Recklessly cause grievous bodily harm in company;

• Assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Both have been bail refused and held overnight to appear in a Tamworth Local Court today (Saturday 3 March).