With its excellent seafood, myriad of waterways and beaches of fine white sand, this Clarence Valley town is an enticing choice for a coastal vacation.
Make the most of Yamba’s idyllic location where the Clarence River meets the Pacific Ocean and explore miles of diverse shoreline, from pristine ocean waves to clear riverine streams and picturesque marinas. Whether you reel in your own catch or indulge at one of the town’s restaurants, there’s plenty of ways to sample some of the region’s finest fresh seafood.
Check out some of Yamba’s gorgeous ocean beaches, such as Yamba Main Beach, which has a sheltered ocean pool, or Brooms Head Main Beach. Enjoy safe swimming conditions with the lifeguards on patrol at Turners Beach or grab your surfboard and check the swell at Pippi Beach. The waterways that extend from the Clarence River are ideal for kayaking, boating and angling. Try surf fishing on the beach or drop a line from the coast’s rocky outcrops. Join a charter trip to go deep-sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean.
You don’t have to catch your own to enjoy Yamba’s renowned seafood, though. Locally caught seafood, including the town’s famous prawns, is on the menu at plenty of Yamba’s restaurants. Sample fresh local produce at the Yamba Farmers’ Market or one of the local providers, cafés and delicatessens in town.
Learn about local history by going on a guided walk, such as the trail that follows the footsteps of the 18th-century explorer Matthew Flinders. Pick up trail maps or download codes for your handheld device from the Clarence Coast Visitor Information Centre. Stop by the Yamba Museum to see detailed exhibits on the town’s history or enjoy views of the pretty coastal grasslands when you visit the Yamba Lighthouse.
Take a daytrip to the surf breaks of Angourie Beach or check out the unspoiled coastline of Yuraygir National Park.
Yamba is easily accessible by car from the regional airports in Ballina, Lismore and Grafton. It is a 3-hour drive from Brisbane. There are plenty of choices for accommodations in Yamba, from relaxing retreats to family-friendly farmsteads.