Yamba Travel Guide

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    Jacaranda's at Grafton
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Yamba Things to Do

  • DRIVE TO BROOMS HEAD

    We were staying at Yamba and found we had some spare time on our hands. It was decided to go to Brooms Head for a look, as we had never been there before. It isn't far as the crow flies, but to reach it by car, we had to drive out to the Pacific Highway and then find the road and head inland to the coast again, a distance of approx. 43kms.Brooms...

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  • YAMBA SHOPS

    The main centre of Yamba isn't that big, really just two streets with the majority of shops in them.Most items can be found here, including the Revival lifestyle store that has items that are retro and vintage. This is the place to come to find music collectables from different eras, like punk, metal, rock, alternate, jazz, blues, country etc as...

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  • THE ROCK SHELVES @ ANGOURIE

    I'm still at the Angourie Blue Pool and now heading to the beach. Well, this was quite a surprise too, as there wasn't beach, just an interesting rock shelf separating the pools from the ocean. The tide was coming in and the waves were crashing against the shelve, quite interesting to watch! I didn't go too close, as people lose their lives in...

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  • THE BLUE POOL @ ANGOURIE

    A short drive from Spookies Beach was the tourist sign post to the Angourie Blue Pool. With a name like this, I thought it must be nice! We stopped at the parking area in Angourie Reserve, where from here, a path led downhill to the Angourie Blue Pool. My first sight was of a lovely fresh-water pool, with clear blue water - very nice!People were...

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  • SPOOKIES BEACH @ ANGOURIE

    Spookies Beach - I wondered how on earth it was named! We had stopped at the parking lot and as I was about to walk down the stairway to the Beach, I was wondering what I was going to find!Well, as it turned out, there was nothing spooky about this Beach. It is in a cove, was sandy, and had some nice smooth rocks in ochre colours near the stairway....

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  • THE HARWOOD BRIDGE

    This area of New South Wales has a few majestic bridges that cross the large Rivers in the area.The Harwood Bridge is no exception! This large steel truss bridge carries the traffic travelling along the Pacific Highway, over the main channel of the Clarence River about 10 km upstream from the river mouth at Yamba.This Bridge replaced the last Ferry...

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  • ♫ SUGAR - SUGAR ♫

    If your coming from Brisbane to Yamba, you would have passed hundreds of acres of Sugar Cane.In October, the Cane was being harvested, quite a sight if you have never seen it done before. It is a very busy time of the year.Approaching the town of Harwood, which is a small town situated beside the Clarence River, is the large Harwood Sugar Mill, the...

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  • SOUTH HEAD & DOLPHIN PARKS

    These two parks run into each other, making a huge expanse of lawned area bordering the sandy Beach.There were plenty of picnic tables, bbq's, Toilets and other facilities. Beaches were closed on the day as high winds had made it dangerous for swimmers, but not for Wind Surfers - It was ideal for them! Being a wild and woolly day, they were moving...

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  • TURNER'S BEACH

    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...

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  • REPLICA OF THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE

    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...

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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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  • MATTHEW FLINDER'S PLAQUE

    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...

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  • THE CLARENCE RIVER

    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...

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  • CANAL ESTATES

    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,...

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  • YAMBA HISTORICAL WALKS

    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...

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  • Get Married Here!

    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...

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  • Picnic Time

    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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  • Shopping

    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...

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  • Beautiful Beaches

    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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  • Cane fields

    For years I used to travel up to Queensland for holidays and sometimes you'd get to see the canefields ablaze at night.The roar, the stench, the vacillating flames all served to make the experience unforgettable. Fires were mostly lit at night because the wind wasn't as strong and you can see where it's burning.These days not so many cane...

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  • What a classic

    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...

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Yamba Hotels

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  • Aston Motel

    My fiance's parents stayed in this motel for the wedding, which we booked via Wotif. Nothing flash...

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  • Quality Suites The Cove Yamba

    4 Queen Street Yamba Ns 2464

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Yamba Motor Inn

    81 Yamba Road

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Yamba Restaurants

  • Some days

    They should give up, I mean REALLY?? No passion AT ALL for this business. Give someone else a go at it. The hollandaise sauce is disgusting, taste more like lemon curd saved from the day before. Its so depressing, the coffee is sometimes good but not enough to keep me going there, such a waste of space.

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  • you never know what you'll get

    I have dined here on a few occasions and I can order the same thing and it will come out different each time, the same coffee sometimes beautiful latte with a fern on top and othertimes burnt and unattractive, some days the cabinet is full of cakes and sandwhiches and others it is empty, all up, only dine here sometimes, work out when it will be...

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  • Great Coffee, Great Service and Great...

    The friendly staff at Yamba St Cafe always make my day the moment I walk in. They always greet me with a smile. Coffee is superb. The coffee is the best in Yamba, in my opinion, and the Chicken Ceasar Salad is yum. Try their freshly baked sweet muffins with your coffee, always yummy.

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Yamba Local Customs

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    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 18, 2011

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    The weekend we were in town was supposed to be the Yamba Street Festival. Apart from many buskers and some leaflets around advertising the various performers there was not much else to see, admittedly we were not in town Saturday night. Sunday morning they were pulling down a performance tent near the beach. I have attached a link to a local newspaper write up promoting the event.

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Yamba Warnings and Dangers

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    by amandajayne81 Written Oct 18, 2011

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    These steep streets can get to you, particularly after a big breaky! Make sure your fitness is up to it.

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Yamba Tourist Traps

  • CLARENCE RIVER FISH C0-OP

    The Clarence River Fish Co-op in Yamba had Fish 'n Chips advertised for $5. That is really cheap for freshly cooked Fish 'n Chips, so we decided that would be our meal.My husband went to the shop to find people queued out the door. Lucky for him, he went inside to ask what type of fish and was it battered Fish.It turned out the Fish was crumbed and...

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  • FUEL FOR THE CAR

    As we were heading towards Yamba, we noticed we were getting short of fuel in the car. The prices at Evan's Head were high, so we decided to wait until Yamba. Close to the Yamba turn-off on the Pacific Highway when coming from Brisbane, we passed a Garage with LPG [gas] at a reasonable price. As we had driven past, we decided to go into Yamba,...

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Yamba Off The Beaten Path

  • SCENIC DRIVE 22

    This scenic drive I have done many times in both directions. I love travelling along the route, much quieter and prettier than on the Pacific Highway.This distance isn't great, only 66 kms one way, probably a full day if a return trip to Yamba, that is including stopping at Maclean and maybe Lawrence.The drive follows the mighty Clarence River from...

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  • VISIT ILUKA

    Iluka is situated across the Clarence River, opposite to Yamba. We called in here on our way to Yamba to see if anything had changed, and it hadn't. It is a small seaside village with quite a few Caravan Parks and good fishing. The nicest area is the Marina where the Prawn Trawlers are. Also at the Marina, is a Fisherman's co-op where you can buy...

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