Average Winter Temp: 19°C
Average Summer Temp: 25°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Yaegl and Bundjalung people
To be awarded the title of the “Best Town in Australia” (Australian Traveller Magazine, 2009), a place has to be truly special. And Yamba, a vibrant town in northern New South Wales, does not disappoint. Its quaint village vibe is overlaid with generous doses of natural beauty, thanks to multiple pristine beaches, gorgeous coastal views, and lush green nature reserves. Myriad award winning restaurants and luxury stays complete the picture of eclectic, enigmatic, and unforgettable perfection that Yamba stands for.
Yamba welcomes every variety of tourist with a warmth that is rarely seen in other parts of the world. Its population of about 6000 more than triples during the peak holiday seasons every year. And yet, the beaches remain unspoiled, the waterways blue and sparkling like the first day of spring, and the local ambiance brimming with a heady mix of excitement, adventure and relaxation. Travellers spend their days fishing, swimming, kayaking, surfing and bushwalking, only to return to the bustling little town with its countless cafes and restaurants that serve up succulent seafood and exotic drinks every evening.
Its location on the mouth of the Clarence River, just 3 hours from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, makes it accessible all year round, and one of Australia’s most frequented (and loved) tourist destinations.
Attractions & Activities:
- Beach Camping
- Clarence River
- Yamba Main Beach
- Brooms Head Main Beach
- Turners Beach
- Pippi Beach
- Yamba Lighthouse
- Yamba Museum
- Yamba Historical Walks
- Yuraygir National Park
- Yamba Farmers Market
- Yamba Twilight Street Market
- Nicholson Fine Foods
Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort
A lovely riverfront property with a ringside view of the Clarence River and 15 acres of beautifully landscaped area, Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort has everything that a tourist may need in terms of accommodation and hospitality. Stay options here range from villas and self-contained units, to powered and unpowered caravan sites. Other perks include swimming pools, camp kitchens and barbecue areas, fishing facilities, a private boat ramp, and tons of recreation facilities for kids.
Management to be contacted for tariffs. Rates vary between $35/night and $75/night for 2 persons, depending on the season, and on the type of site selected (unpowered, powered, en-suite, etc.)
(Villas, self-contained units and cabins are also available.)
Iluka Clarence Head Caravan Park
Located right by the Iluka Nature Reserve, a heritage listed rainforest to the north east of Yamba, this caravan park has a warm, family-friendly vibe. Caravan sites here are generous and supplemented with modern amenities and infrastructure. The management works hard to maintain a relaxed, secure atmosphere, where personal service is paramount. Accommodation in the form of cabins, motel-style rooms and self-contained units, is also available.
$30/night - $35/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites (rates mentioned are for off-peak and peak season respectively)
$35/night - $40/night for 2 persons, powered sites (rates mentioned are for off-peak and peak season respectively)
$10 for every additional person; $7 per child (under 16 years)
(Cabins, motel rooms and on-site caravans are also available.)
BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park
A sprawling, well-appointed caravan park along the banks of the Clarence River, BIG4 Saltwater offers a wide variety of accommodation options, together with tons of fishing, kayaking and riverside fun. Caravan sites – both grassy and slab sites – are large enough to accommodate any variety of motorhome or trailer, and all amenities are modern and well-managed. Dog-friendly sites are also available.
$33/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites (minimum rate)
$37/night for 2 persons, powered sites (minimum rate)
(Cabins are also available.)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Caravanning tourists can locate NSW roadside rest areas from their RTA website. For longer stays, free and low cost camping grounds around Yamba can be found in the Bundjalung National Park (Woody Head, Black Rocks) and Yuraygir National Park (Shelley Head, Lake Arragan, etc.).