During the recent school holidays we had a short break at Yamba and let me tell you we loved it! We had heard from friends that Yamba was a really great place to visit. We had just been waiting for an opportunity to get there!
Yamba is located in the Clarence Coast area of NSW about 280klms south of Brisbane. An easy mornings drive for us Queenslander’s. There is a wide choice of accommodation options ranging from caravan parks through to holiday rentals and resorts. We chose to stay at the Gateway Lifestyle Yamba Waters Holiday Park. We thought it was more reasonably priced as it is not right on the beach. It is set in off the main road on a tidal freshwater lagoon. It was a lovely quiet park with plenty of room to spread out and no where near as crowded as the main parks in town.
A holiday at Yamba is really all about relaxing and enjoying getting outdoors. Yamba Waters has two pools, so after getting the camper set up, that’s where both our kids headed, leaving Brenden and I to relax with a drink. Just behind where we were set up was the BBQ area so we didn’t have far to walk to cook dinner.
The next morning we headed off to have a look around and found that the beaches were already a hive of activity. Yamba has six beautiful surf beaches and all of these are quite sheltered so are ideal for families. While the kids had a swim at Whiting Beach I walked out along the break wall, which shelters Turners Beach. Looking north from there you can see the smaller village of Iluka, another popular holiday spot.
Overlooking Turners Beach and Main Beach is the Clarence Head Lighthouse. Built in 1955 it replaced the original lighthouse which was built in the 1800’s. A group of community volunteers raised funds and built a replica of the original lighthouse and lighthouse keepers cottage, which now houses the community radio station.
After a quick stop at the Clarence River Fish Co-Op for some lunch we headed out of town to the small village of Angourie. Nestled on the border of the Yuraygir National Park, from which you can gain access to the secluded Back Beach there are plenty of surfing and bush walking opportunities here. Angourie also has two freshwater swimming holes known as the Blue Pool and the Green Pool. These were the result of an old iron stone quarry and are a popular spot for swimming and a little bit of cliff jumping.
Our kids couldn’t resist the temptation to jump off the 4 metre cliff of the Blue Pool into the water. A couple of locals told us that the pool is quite deep and as they are both excellent swimmers we let them go. They did however balk at the idea of jumping off the cliff surrounding the Green Pool as it is about double the height of the Blue Pool!
SHOPPING AND COFFEE
The following morning Miss Oz and I headed in to Yamba to check out what the shops had to offer. There are loads of trendy boutiques, gift shops and coffee shops. Most of the shops were a bit out of our price range but we still managed to find a couple of bargains. We also had a lovely ice coffee and cake at Bean Scene which is in Yamba Street.
Our afternoon of exploring was sadly cut short when a severe wind storm blue up out of no where and we thought it wise to head back to camp and check that everything was secure and put a few more pegs in. Once that was done, the tent never looked like moving, but we decided to stay put just in case it got worse. It became quite chilly so we rugged up and stayed put. The wind finally let up sometime after 10pm so at least we were able to get some sleep. On checking out the tent the next morning the only thing that had come adrift was a bow out of the tropical roof and it just slotted back in when we folded it up. Another big tick for the quality of our trailer.
Sadly the time to come home again came around all to quickly. We did have time to make a quick detour through the smaller town of Iluka. Iluka is just across the river from Yamba however to reach it by road is about a 20 minute drive. Iluka is home to the very popular Woody Head Campground in the Bundjalung National Park. It is a beachfront campground and was filled with families. Way to crowded for us but would be a lovely spot during the quieter months. We spent an hour at Iluka Beach close to the North Wall. This gave me the chance to practice my photography skills. The kids had a swim and kicked the soccer ball around.
We really enjoyed our couple of days away. Both Iluka and Yamba are definitely on our list of places to revisit, in the near future.