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Holiday in Angourie

Tucked away in a tiny corner of Yuragir National Park, near Yamba in New South Wales, Angourie is an idyllic blend of nature with beaches and walking tracks through bush land. With a population idling around 300 people, there is nothing bustling about Angourie, and that is the real crux of its charm.

That’s not to say Angourie doesn’t welcome visitors, it does, and with open arms, and a smattering of holiday accommodation to suit a range of styles from top-class holiday rentals in a luxury rainforest retreat to self-catered accommodation.

Things to see and do

Undeniably, the beaches are a key draw in Angourie, and are what has lead to this corner of Australia opening up to tourism. With its roots as a low-key surf destination, the surf lovers craving more space when nearby Byron boomed in popularity, Nat Young, world leading surfer, is reputed to have picked up his board and switched to Angourie.

Slowly and steadily, Angourie has transformed from a location with a handful of holiday homes to a micro-village with a broader offering, including many holiday villas that capture views of the crashing ocean. However, the surf connection remains strong with Angourie having featured in surf cult classic movie, ‘Morning of the earth,’ enticing board shapers to set up shop in the area.

Turn your back on the water for a small while and you will notice the richness of your surrounds with walking tracks and picnic places in abundance. If you were to see Angourie from up high, you would notice the densely packed land of green fringed by fine yellow sand beaches that give way to the open expense of the water. The park is an expansive 600 hectares of open rainforest.

The bush setting of Angourie within Yuragir National Park provides the perfect contrast between beach and bush. A craggy rock quarry filled with fresh water and known as ‘Blue Pool’ was formed when a spring was disturbed underground, and is one of the most delightful sights in the park. Situated near the beach, the pool is a short stroll from Angourie’s holiday villas.

Within Angourie, the local convenience store supplies all your holiday needs from coffee to bread, but if you’re looking for a break from your self-catered accommodation, the Frangipani Restaurant will take over the cooking chores for the night. By day, the store marks the start of the Spooky Beach trail, which is not as eerie as it sounds, rather a great spot for catching sight of dolphins and whales.

The village of Yamba sits not too far from Angourie and can be reached with a short drive from most of the holiday rental spots. Proudly having held the past title of number one town in Australia, it’s easy to see why Yamba hit the top spot. Located on the peninsula, the town is atmospherically quaint, yet bursting with life thriving from the water sports that pull adrenaline lovers to the shores.

When to visit

Angourie doesn’t attract so many beach goers without a stunning climate, which makes it an attractive spot to visit year round. Winter is generally quieter though temperatures still range between 10 and 20 degrees centigrade. Things heat up in summer with temperatures soaring between 19 and 30 degrees, but is thankfully cooled by the nor’easter winds. A mild monsoon passes by between February and April, but the water remains warm and good for swimming year round.

Getting there

A number of airlines fly to Australia including Singapore, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, BMI and Cathay Pacific. Heathrow offers the greatest choice of flights from the UK but a number of regional airports also serve the country including Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and Inverness.

The nearest commercial airport to Angourie is Grafton Airport, which can be reached by flight from Sydney with Rex Airlines. Alternatively, Ballina and Coffs Harbour are both serviced by Virgin and Qantas. From the UK, an indirect flight can take you to Sydney, usually including a stop off in Asia or the Middle East on the way. A popular choice is to book accommodation in Hong Kong or Singapore as an opportunity to acclimatise to time zone change while combining the chance to explore another city.

Yamba does have a private airstrip, Palmers Island Airfield if you prefer.

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