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    A shining light

    by iandsmith Updated May 2, 2006

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    Now fully automated

    Standing on the headland, something you will do if you're in Yamba, you can't help but notice the lighthouse.
    Situated on the South Head it stands 41 m above sea level and has fine outlook over the coastline. In whale-watching season during winter there's often people with binoculars up here. Its beams can be seen 17 km out to sea. The promontory the lighthouse is situated on is called Pilot Hill. Nearby is a replica of the original 1879 lighthouse erected by volunteers for use as a community radio station

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    The morning walk

    by iandsmith Updated May 4, 2006

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    Early morning Yamba

    One of the popular things to do here is go for a morning walk. Autumn is probably the best time to indulge but, hey, most days are good for a stroll along the beach.
    This shot of Turners Beach was taken just before I ascended the breakwall and walked to the end. I was intrigued by the number of seagulls on the shore and the way the light was playing on the waves. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
    The great navigator and explorer Matthew Flinders investigated the river mouth in 1799. Landing on the southern headland near the present-day site of Yamba and wrote about the Aborigines he came in contact with. He found the waters shallow and mistakenly dismissed the whole area as 'deserving of no more than a superficial examination'. He thought the inlet was a coastal bay and did not imagine there was a major river nearby.

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    What a classic

    by iandsmith Written May 4, 2006

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    Owning this pub is like having a licence to print money. Imagine foreign tourists flocking to this place for a light ale and a peek at the view. It's one of the landmark Australian hotels that have the priveleged position of stunning ocean views, sea breezes and friendly atmosphere.
    The Pacific Hotel overlooks Main Beach and has sweeping views across the sea.
    Fancy a pint?

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    Put yourself in the picture

    by iandsmith Written May 4, 2006

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    Way to go

    This is what Main Beach can look like in the early morning, just when you're about to take that invigorating walk to lift the soul.
    This view is from the south looking towards Clarence Head on which the lighthouse is situated.

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    Beautiful Beaches

    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Stunning

    We didn't have a lot of time to look around, and the Saturday of the wedding was stormy and rainy but that didn't change my opinion of the gorgeous coastline. On the Sunny Sunday there were many surfers out and about. Lots of walks around the area too. As always the best part about the beaches is that they are free.

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    Shopping

    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Yes yes yes like many females I generally 'donate' quite a few dollars to the local economy and Yamba was no different. On the northern side of town is what appears to be a relatively new small shopping centre complete with Coles, Target Country and a variety of other small stores. Quite handy.

    Several kilometres away in town the main street area is small but packed with shops. Cafes, bakeries, fishing, shoes, gifts, lots of places to spend your money. They were nearly all open Sunday as well.

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    Picnic Time

    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 18, 2011

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    What a view

    Another way to make your trip to Yamba even more budget friendly is to purchase the ingredients for sandwiches or a BBQ and make use of the many parks around the beaches. Lots of play areas for the kids too.

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    Get Married Here!

    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 18, 2011

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    Ceremony - no bride yet!

    Fair enough I tend to put spending money towards another trip as opposed to wasting it on a wedding but Angourie (where we were staying) did provide a lovely location for a civil marriage ceremony beside its pool and then a few hours later a great room and even better food for the reception. It was handy just being able to walk back to our room at the end of the night.

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    Yamba Birdwatching

    by Favzoz Written Jan 14, 2005

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    Pelican's Breakfast photo by Beebee

    Walk around Yamba, where water is all around and see what different birds you can spot. These pelicans gathered noisily one morning near the Yamba walking track to have breakfast with a fisherman cleaning his catch. They are amusing birds.

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    MATTHEW FLINDER'S PLAQUE

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2013

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    Located on Pilot Hill, is a plaque in memory of the landing of Matthew Flinders in 1799. Matthew Flinders had been sent on a mission from Sydney to find a new Eden. He stopped at Yamba, thinking it looked a hopeful area. On climbing the craggy promontory, now known as Pilot Head, he saw the dangerous looking turbulent estuary and decided the site was no good, so he sailed away.

    In 1999, the voyage was re-enacted for the bi-centenary of Flinder's voyage and the plaque was placed on Pilot Hill

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    YAMBA LIGHTHOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2013

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    Yamba Lighthouse

    The Yamba Lighthouse was built in 1955 to replace the old lighthouse once situated here. The old lighthouse was demolished in 1956 to make way for a reservoir. The new Lighthouse is built in the modern style and is 18 metres high.

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    REPLICA OF THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2013

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    Also located on Pilot Hill, is a replica of the old Lighthouse. It was built and painted so well, that it looked like it had been there for ever! I must admit I thought it was old, and was quite surprised to find it's home to the local community radio station 2TLC.

    There are a few stories about the old Lighthouse, which is correct, nobody knows. We do know that back in 1866, it was a small wooden humpy whose shutters were opened each night, so the Ships at sea could see the beams from a large kerosene lamp.
    In 1878 a permanent light was built. This Lighthouse is a completely different style to the new one. It is only 7 metres high, built in the style of other Lighthouses at that time. The light could be seen 6 nautical miles out to sea. Next to it was the Lightkeeper's Residence.
    I love this style of Lighthouse, rather cute!

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    TURNER'S BEACH

    by balhannah Written Oct 28, 2013

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    Turner's Beach
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    Still at the top of Pilot Hill, take a walk around, for there are some good views to be had.
    I was surprised to look over the edge and to see a lovely picnic area and beach. This area was quarried for the construction of the Gantry wall between 1862 & 1903. It was here where a huge Gantry, lifted rocks and concrete blocks from barges onto a Train for construction of the Breakwater walls. Because of this, there are some very interesting rocks that can be clambered over, plus a very nice sandy beach which is protected from the wind.
    FREE Car parking, toilets and picnic facilities are all available at Turner's Beach, AND the beach is accessible all year.

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    The walks

    by iandsmith Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Time for a rest

    One of the things you can do at your leisure is go for a walk. Yamba offers much in this department and the local service clubs have made significant contributions to the area as well.
    You can walk the headland and along the beach or, as shown here, take the made path along the river mouth past the marina.

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    YAMBA HISTORICAL WALKS

    by balhannah Written Oct 26, 2013

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    I enjoy walking and seeing the sights this way, more so, if I have a map to follow and information on what I am seeing.
    Yamba has two walking maps, perhaps I should say, one for the fit people, and the other for the unfit!
    One is known as the "historical FLAT WALK," which is 3kms of walking, taking approx. 1.5hours to see all the sights.
    The other map, is the historical HILL WALK," another 3km walk, but allow at least 2 hours to complete this one!

    I picked up these maps at the Clarence River Information centre in Grafton. I see you can download these maps on the website.

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