Yamba

Angourie Beach, Tourism New South Wales

Population 5515

This quiet holiday town at the mouth of the Clarence River offers excellent sea, lake and river fishing. It is the largest coastal resort in the Clarence Valley, with excellent facilities for visitors, but it manages to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. Fishing fleets from Yamba, Iluka and Maclean catch approximately 20 per cent of the state's seafood, so this is a great spot for lovers of fresh seafood.

Visitor Information

Lower Clarence Visitor Centre, Ferry Park, Pacific Hwy, Maclean; (02) 6645 4121

www.yambansw.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Yuraygir National Park

    Yuraygir National Park protects the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in New South Wales, a glorious sweep of beaches backed by...more

  • Bundjalung National Park

    Bundjalung National Park protects a superb 38-kilometre stretch of the state’s far north coastline, including secluded beaches,...more

  • Broadwater National Park

    Located on the state’s north-east coast, Broadwater National Park’s outstanding feature is its lovely sweep of beach, with...more

Nearby towns

  • Iluka

    Located at the mouth of the Clarence River on the north coast, Iluka is a relatively uncommercial fishing and holiday village. Its...more

  • Evans Head

    Evans Head is located at the mouth of the Evans River. It was the first prawning port in Australia and is still predominantly a fishing...more

  • Grafton

    With over 6500 trees in 24 parks, Grafton is known for its riverbank parks and jacaranda trees. Its city centre adds to the charm with wide...more

In Town

Story House Museum This quaint museum tells the story of the development of Yamba from the time it was merely a point of entry to the Clarence River. The collection of photographs and records tells a compelling tale of early development of a typical Australian coastal town. River St.

Clarence River Lighthouse: coastal views from the base; via Pilot St.

Yamba Boat Harbour Marina: departure point for daily ferry service to Iluka, river cruises, deep-sea fishing charters and whale-watching trips. Also houseboat hire; off Yamba Rd.

arthouse australia: showcase of local artwork; Coldstream St.

Whiting Beach: sandy river beach ideal for children.

Coastal beaches: several in town with excellent swimming and surfing conditions; map from visitor centre.

Nearby

Maclean This quirky village is known as the 'Scottish town' because of the many Scots who first settled here. Some street signs are in Gaelic as well as English. Highlights in the town include Scottish Corner, Bicentennial Museum and a self-guide historical walk with a brochure available from the visitor centre. There is a market on the 2nd Sat each month and a Highland Gathering each Easter. A 24 hr ferry service crosses the river to Lawrence; 17 km W.

Lake Wooloweyah: fishing and prawning; 4 km S.

Yuraygir National Park: Yamba section offers sand ridges and banksia heath, and is excellent for swimming, fishing and bushwalking; (02) 6627 0200; 5 km S.

The Blue Pool: deep freshwater pool 50 m from the ocean, popular for swimming; 5 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 91 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Beachwood Cafe

Dine at this trendy cafe and you’ll rub shoulders with the locals who flock to this place for its organic juices and friendly attitude. Its menu is overflowing with addictive Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern fare,... Find out more


Pacific Bistro

The Pacific Bistro at the Pacific Hotel enjoys spectacular Pacific Ocean views and matches them with an intricately flavoured, contemporary menu boasting fresh produce, flair and coastal style. Sometimes it’s... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Stone and Wood Brewing 91 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more


Campsites around town

Woody Head camping area 8 km

Surrounded by remnant subtropical rainforest, Woody Head is the larger of the park’s 2 camping areas with more than 100 sites, 4 cabins, hot showers, a kiosk and a boat launch. Fishing, swimming, snorkelling and... Find out more


Shelley Head camping area (walk-in camping) 10 km

This walk-in selection of campsites is en route between Lake Arragan and Mara Creek on the Angourie Walk (10 km, 3 hr return). Campers need to bring their own drinking water and gas/fuel stove as campfires are not... Find out more


Lake Arragan camping area 15 km

Next to a small coastal lagoon ringed with paperbarks and nodding reeds, this camping area is just as popular with migratory and resident birds as it is with campers, but with 50 campsites there’s room for... Find out more


Red Cliff camping area 16 km

This is next to Grey Cliff camping area, on the headland south of Lake Arragan, 5 km north of Brooms Head along the unsealed Brooms Head Rd. The campsites are big enough for camper trailers and caravans. Bring firewood... Find out more


Grey Cliff camping area 16 km

Next to Red Cliff camping area on the headland south of Lake Arragan, Grey Cliff is 5 km north of Brooms Head along the unsealed Brooms Head Rd. The campsites are big enough for camper trailers and caravans. Bring... Find out more


Black Rocks camping area 20 km

Black Rocks is on Ten Mile Beach, via unsealed Gap Rd, 5 km south of Woodburn. There are concrete bunkers from World War II here – a section in the north of the park is still used by the military for target... Find out more


Sandon River camping area 27 km

You get the best of many worlds from here: sweeping sandy beach to the north; rockpools to the south at the base of Sandon Bluffs; and fine fishing in Sandon River. The 40 sites in the camping area are suitable for... Find out more


Illaroo camping area 37 km

Just north of Minnie Water, via Minnie Water Rd off Wooli Rd, this is a large and spacious camping area with 60 sites shared between Illaroo north and Illaroo south. There’s room for tents, campervans and trailers.... Find out more


Rocky Point camping area (walk-in camping) 37 km

This is a walk-in camping area with no facilities, accessible via an easy 100 m walking track leading from Illaroo camping area. Campfires are not permitted, so bring your own gas/fuel stove and drinking water.... Find out more


Diggers Headland Reserve Camping Ground 43 km

There are up to 26 camping sites here, tucked in among coastal banksias, only a stone’s throw from the beach. To get here, follow Diggers Camp Rd off Wooli Rd, about 12 km north of Wooli. It’s a pretty basic... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Calypso Holiday Park

This older-style park has a great position on the waterfront. It is a short stroll to the centre of town and just a brief walk to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more


Blue Dolphin Holiday Park 2 km

This riverfront, award-winning park is on the Clarence River estuary. It is an excellent park, with everything you would expect of a park of this quality, including a cafe. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Yamba Waters Caravan Park 2 km

This is a spacious quality park about 2.5 km from the centre of this popular tourist destination. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter.... Find out more


Iluka Riverside Tourist Park 4 km

At this large well-appointed park, enjoy the riverside barbecues and picnic tables, the grassy waterfront sites or the fully equipped camp kitchen overlooking the river. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Anchorage Holiday Park 5 km

This is a well-established, owner-operated park with very good facilities. It is situated across the road from the wide Clarence River estuary and is 2 km from the town centre. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park 6 km

This neat, spacious, riverfront park 10 km from Yamba has very good facilities. Quiet and out of the way, it is situated on a large, sweeping bend of the Clarence River and has great appeal to those who enjoy estuary... Find out more


Brooms Head Caravan Park 19 km

In an out-of-the-way place, this park spreads along more than 1.5 km of beachfront, surrounded by national park. This is a popular beachside holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Silver Sands Holiday Park 36 km

This is a huge beachside park with good facilities just a short walk from the centre of town. It has many permanent holiday vans and is a very popular holiday spot for people from the nearby inland towns. Bookings are... Find out more


The Gateway Village 48 km

This is a very good quality caravan park, 3.5 km north of the town centre, along the Summerland Way. Good facilities and a lovely garden setting make this an attractive spot for those wishing to explore Grafton. Bookings... Find out more


South Ballina Beach Holiday Park 64 km

This is a very neat park on the south side of the Richmond River. It is in a quiet area and is one of the few parks along this stretch of coast where pets are permitted (except in Christmas and Easter holidays). Bookings... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Angourie Rainforest Resort

Angourie Rainforest Resort is a good example of contemporary style and comfort, boasting an eclectic array of activities and entertainment. Self-contained villas and suites have a welcoming homely ambience and are fully... Find out more


Moby Dick Waterfront 
Resort Motel

Moby Dick is a lovely waterfront resort perched on the banks of the Clarence River. Guest facilities include private balcony, self-contained kitchenette, saltwater pool, spa and a private jetty for keen and budding... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emerald Valley Villa 91 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Maclean park area 16 km

At Maclean

Small area on the riverbank just off the highway at Ferry Park Café.


Beekeepers rest area 22 km

28km S of Woodburn (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.


New Italy rest area 32 km

At New Italy

Just off the highway under shady trees near the museum and cafe. Big rigs at north end of the rest area.


Trustons Hill rest area 37 km

40km S of Woodburn (L)

Just off the highway behind some trees. For southbound only.


Woodburn park area 40 km

At Woodburn

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.


McPhillips Creek rest area 49 km

50km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 10km S of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.


Glenugie Creek rest area 52 km

45km N of Woolgoolga (L) or 15km S of Grafton (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.


Wardell rest area 57 km

22km N of Woodburn (L) or 14km S of Ballina (L)

Large areas just off the highway on both sides.


Halfway Creek rest area 61 km

26km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 34km S of Grafton (L)

Large grassed area just off the highway behind the roadhouse.


Woolgoolga rest area 77 km

At Woolgoolga

Just off the highway in the middle of town.


Lollback rest area 79 km

115km E of Glen Innes (R) or 45km W of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway with good views over the Mann River.


Tyagarah rest area 94 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.


What's on around town

River Market: Ford Park; 4th Sun each month.

Easter Yachting Regatta: Easter.

Family Fishing Festival: Oct.

Hot Rod Run: Nov.

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