This well kept secret can be found on the shores of the grand Clarence River. Surrounding Yamba is the lush Bundjalung National Park to the north, the Yuraygir National Park to the South, Banyabba Nature Reserve to the west and of course the golden beaches of the untouched coastline. An important fact to note is that the CSIRO and Stanford University recently described the area as the 'world's best climate', so why not holiday here today!
Take a short drive to the neighbouring town of Maclean which is proudly Scottish. Every Easter it hosts the Highland Gathering which is a must see and includes everything from Pipe Bands, Solo Piping and Drumming to Highland Dancing and the popular Highland Sports such as the caber toss, log wrestling and tossing the hammer. For some more sports to take pleasure in right in the Yamba Township itself, relax on the golf course, the bowling green’s or drop your line in the large deep-water marina. Diving is also very popular and the many types of fresh sea life can be caught and enjoyed for dinner. The Yamba prawns are particularly good. If you don’t feel like cooking yourself, try out one of the many restaurants, eateries and cafes which offer a wide range of cuisine. A must try is the Pot Belly Pies! For a late night scene, take a 15 minute drive up the quiet coastline of Yamba where you can view some spectacular scenery from the Pacific Hotel overlooking Main Beach. It’s especially good to go at sunset.
For some relaxation, grab a good book and a beach towel and soak up some sun and sea air at one of the many beautiful beaches lined with Norfolk pines and looking out at the little lighthouse.
There is one word for the weather at Yamba – perfection. Weather its work, live or play you are planning on doing in Yamba, the climate will suit you. Summer days vary between 19 and 30 degrees Celsius with a mild monsoon season from February to April. The nor-easter wind arrives around noon to cool the town off to comfortable temperature after an exotic morning. Winter days bring sunny, windless weather that is perfect for fishing, walking or relaxing. And swimming is still a must in winter as the water is still very warm due to warm currents finding its way to Yamba.
The popular tourist destination of Yamba, New South Wales, used to be the best kept secret of Australia’s East Coast. Perched spectacularly right at the mouth of the Clarence River, this quaint coastal town is the perfect spot if you want to learn how to surf, or you can just lie in the sun and catch a tan while you watch the others catch the waves. With not more than 6000 locals, you can be assured that whatever beach holiday accommodation you book into, you will never have the feeling of being crowded, although, during the holiday season, expect this number to triple. Generally relying on the fishing industry for its bread and butter, Yamba’s booming tourist trade means that there is plenty of holiday accommodation available in this surfing haven. Holiday villas and self-contained holiday accommodation will be the perfect host to your Australian coastal holiday.
Yamba is an atypical Australian resort and that means there is just about everything the seaside loving holidaymaker needs. As well as a terrific range of holiday accommodations which will give you a real sense of a home away from home, the boredom factor simply doesn’t exist here.
The beaches are pristine and uncrowded and the weather is summed up in one word – perfect. It is surrounded by gorgeous national parkland and the opportunities for recreational activities are almost limitless.
Whale watching season runs from May to October every year and you can take a lunch or late afternoon tea time trip out on the famous Rockfish Catamaran, sail out to sea, and catch a rare glimpse of these amazing creatures.
If you prefer something a little less wet and wild, an indulgent river cruise may be just up your alley. With lunch or dinner or even a BBQ included in the price, you may just have an opportunity to have your cake and eat it.
If you didn’t bring your own ski boat or windsurfer, don’t worry, the nice folks at the hire shak, at the Dolphin Holiday Resort, will rent you just about anything for your aquatic adventure: Kayaks, paddle boats even an entire Catamaran, and of course motor boats and the like. Even if you are not a fishing fan, the superb fishing spots along the river, may just make you one.
The Yamba lighthouse is a must see when visiting the area,41 meters above the sea, it gives you unparalleled views of the entire area. With a museum, unspoiled coastal hiking paths and swimming, who would want to spend a minute more than they had to inside their holiday apartment or holiday accommodation?
Described as having the best climate in the world, taking a family holiday to Yamba, would be the perfect choice for holiday makers who are bound by school holidays or work constraints. With a mild monsoon season running from February to April, expect to pack nothing more than the required beach attire. The warm sea currents make the water warmer in July than December, and in most cases you can literally walk to the beach from your holiday villa, or holiday beach rental.
Daily flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and all the other major airports run between the UK and Sydney all throughout the day. You can then pop on a connecting flight directly to Grafton Airport in Yamba, or hire a car and self-drive the 680km scenic coastal trip right up to the front door of your holiday accommodation on the beach.