Characterised by fantastic surf breaks, miles of pristine white sandy beaches, and famous local prawns, Yamba has plenty to offer visitors no matter what your interests. It’s a delightful coastal holiday resort town with a relaxed vibe, an array of exciting outdoor activities, a stunning national park, and plenty of native wildlife.
The prime location at the mouth of the Clarence River presents the opportunity to take in the lush surroundings on a scenic river cruise or kayaking tour, where you may spot dolphins in the estuary. Alternatively, explore the town on foot with historical walks encompassing the Yamba Museum, iconic Yamba Lighthouse, and much more. Walkers should also take the time to venture into Yurigir National Park, one of Yamba’s most tempting attractions housing an array of one-day and multi-day hiking trails. Keep your eyes peeled for the other locals – kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and a variety of bird species.
The waters are no stranger to local wildlife either, with beach, estuary and rock fishing available. Look out for fur seals playing amongst the rock as you reel in an abundance of different fish. Dolphins can often be spotted out at sea, riding waves alongside the surfers – the coastline of New South Wales is known for world-class surf breaks and Yamba is no exception. You may also spot humpback whales between May-November.
After a long day of walking and water sports, there’s no better way to spend an evening in Yamba than munching on iconic Yamba prawns in a seafood restaurant.
Named after the shellfish which call it home, Pippi Beach is one of the most popular in Yamba, and it’s easy to see why. With idyllic white sand and tempting turquoise water, this is the place to be on a hot day.
One of the main draws of Pippi Beach is the crashing beach breaks that make it the most popular surfing beach in Yamba. Enjoy picturesque views as you ride the waves towards the shore. Pippi also hosts the Pippi Beach Classic, an annual summer surfing contest.
Swimming can delight in the inviting waters at the north end of the beach, which is patrolled during the summer holidays. At the southern end, you will find an off-leash area where your four-legged friend can play. Beach driving is also allowed along the southern end for 4WD vehicles.
Anglers are reeled in with opportunities to fish for pippis, flathead, bream, and tailor.
Yamba’s delightful main beach has long been a favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. With an ocean swimming pool at one end, idyllic white sand, and worthy surf breaks, it’s easy to see why. Not to mention its prime location beneath an iconic hotel and easy disabled access makes getting here a breeze.
Beach breaks can be variable here with a moderate swell, yet surfers still flock here. The waves are generally suitable for beginners however caution is advised around the rocks. At the centre of the beach, you will find one of the oldest surf live savers clubs in the state.
Main Beach is a lovely spot for a swim, particularly as it is patrolled on weekends and during school holidays however swimmers are strongly advised to remain between the flags. The natural swimming pool offers a scenic alternative.
Anglers love to fish for bream, tailor, and jewfish off the rocks.