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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If there's one thing Yamba has always been noted for it's fishing. Situated at the mouth of Australia's biggest river in terms of volume its substantial fishing fleet is the backbone of the area commerce. Though the Clarence River is a major source of the nation's seafood it is currently under threat from cheap overseas imports.
Its capacity to draw those looking for a relatively quiet holiday destination beside the sea is well documented.
The area was occupied by the Yaygir or Bundjalang Aborigines at the time of European colonisation.
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.
Interesting to see Yamba now has Canal Estates. This is the area where prestigious homes, nice gardens, huge Yachts and Cruisers are found.
The man made Canal is filled with sea water and has beach on either side, so each house really has a private beach. Quite big boats can cruise the Canal, and are berthed in-front of the owners home.
Quite often, fish can be caught in the Canal.
The houses aren't quite as upmarket as some I have seen, even so, I liked having a drive around this area.
The mighty Clarence River, the biggest River on the east coast of Australia, enters the Ocean between the towns of Yamba and Iluka.
As I was walking along the riverside walkway, I came across the offshore fishing fleet moored in the Clarence River. The Clarence river has over 300 kilometres of navigable water, so no wonder I saw many types of boats on the river, including the House-boat.
The local Clarence River Ferries operate a daily commuter service between Yamba and Iluka at the mouth of the Clarence River. They also do scenic cruises three times a week, and on Wednesday and Friday, the cruise goes to Harwood Island, a 30 km round trip
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