Yamba Attractions / Things To Do In Yamba & the Clarence Valley

 

  

  

 

Beaches

Yamba has 11 glorious beaches to choose from.

Whiting Beach-flat, toilets, shower, picnic tables, great place to take kids fishing, protected from southerly winds.

Turners Beach-surf at northern and southern end of beach, little rock pools, toilets, showers, picnic tables, rock fishing, break wall fishing, protected from southerly winds.

Main Beach-Yamba Surf Life Saving Club, 33 metre salt water rock pool, cafe, toilets, showers, picnic tables, surf straight in front of pool or beach, snorkel in northern corner, protected from southerly and northerly winds. Main Beach SurfCam

Convent Beach-small waves, little rock pools, snorkel in southern corner, protected from southerly winds.

Pippi Beach-open to ocean, toilets, showers, surf straight in front or northern corner, fish off rock shelf at northern end or open beach, 4 wheel drive access.

Flat Rock-open to ocean, fish off rock ledge, 4 wheel drive access.

Green Point-fish off rocks, protected from southerly winds.

Spooky Beach-great for kids surfing, snorkel on southern end, toilets, showers, 4 wheel drive access, shop.

Angourie Point-surfers heaven when working, fish off end of southern rock ledge, fresh water rock pool, toilets, showers, shop.

Back Beach Angourie-surf in northern corner and further down beach, toilets.
Shelley Beach- only for the adventurer, good 2 hour coastal range walk along designated track, no facilities, great fishing.

 

Patrolled Beaches:

Main Beach Yamba is patrolled by Yamba Surf Life Saving Club members every weekend from September school holidays through to Anzac Day.

Surf Club Lifeguards
January Xmas Holidays- 9am to 5pm Turners Beach, Main Beach, Pippi Beach.
May Holidays-9am to 4pm-Main Beach.
Sept/Oct School Holidays-9am to 4pm-Main Beach.
Easter School Holidays-9am to 4pm-Main Beach, Pippi Beach.
Seaside holidays offer lazy days in the sun, exploring the many rock pools and surfing the waves, but there are hidden dangers.
If this is your first family holiday at the beach make it your business to learn and teach your children about surf conditions. If you don't know yourself ask a lifeguard or a lifesaver to explain about rips and currents.

Don't let your children go to the beach unsupervised and don't assume the lifeguard or lifesaver is a cheap baby sitting service. Remember if you or a family member get into difficulty in the water the person who is attempting the rescue is risking their life own life to save yours.
Every member of the family can find at least one beach they love in Yamba. Be it flat surf for babies and young children, or something with a bit more grunt for the more serious surfer at Angourie, or maybe you like the idea of swimming in a large salt water or fresh water rock pool. Exploring the coastline for crabs, shells or sea cucumber will keep the kids busy for days and it's all free.

Top 10 Surf Safety Hints.
1. If you are unsure of the surf conditions ask a lifesaver or lifeguard.
2. Swim between the RED and YELLOW flags they mark the safest area in the water to swim.
3. Always swim at places patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards.
4. Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
5. Never run or dive into the water, even if you have checked before.
6. Always swim under supervision.
7. Read and obey the signs.
8. Float with a current or undertow. Stay calm, don't try and swim against it, signal for help, float and wait for assistance.
9. Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.
10. Don't swim directly after a meal.

 


Boating


Whether you are into off shore sailing or meandering along the Clarence River to drop anchor the waterways of the Lower Clarence offer endless days of adventure.
Over a 100 islands lie upstream from the mouth of the river in unpolluted waters with an abundance of fish and nature waiting to be rediscovered.

The Yamba Boatharbour Marina is a safe haven for many coastal water travellers

There are boat launching facilities situated throughout the shire while the Yamba Boatharbour marina offers a safe harbour for anchorage.

The Clarence River at Yamba provides miles of opportunities to drop anchor.

For those who don't own a boat there are boat hire facilities at the Yamba Marina,or you could take an organised cruise on "Rockfish" - a 10.5m sailing catamaran, also at the Marina.

To keep you safe on the waters there is the Iluka/Yamba Coastguard and the Waterways Authority

If houseboats are your preference there are those to chose from as well, but if you prefer to have a driver, jump on board the Iluka Ferry and cruise the Lower Clarence water wonderland in style.
 


Fishing


SUMMARY OF THE CLARENCE VALLEY FISHING OPPORTUNITIES

Rock and Beach
Stretching from Wooli in the South to Evans Head in the North the Clarence Valley offers an amazing variety of headlands and beaches, which are easily accessible in comparison to other stretches of the NSW coast. 

Yamba/Iluka being the best known locality within this region. Offering two of the biggest seawalls at the mouth of the Clarence River these two towns can boast some very good fishing.

Range of species available on local beaches:

SUMMER:
Whiting
Bream
Dart
Flathead
Mulloway
Tailor
Salmon
Flounder
Trevally
WINTER:
Bream
Mullet
Mulloway
Tailor
Luderick

Range of species available on rock headlands:

SUMMER:
Tailor
Bream
Jew
Tuna
Snapper
Kingfish
Mackeral
Drummer
Luderick
WINTER:
Tailor
Bream
Jew
Snapper
Luderick
Rock Blackfish
Silver Drummer
Turrum
Trevally
Salmon



Estuary
The Clarence River is the biggest river on the east coast of Australia. Naturally we have a mighty range of estuary fishing ranging from the world renown Gorge country, holding premier freshwater fishing to almost unbeatable saltwater estuary systems.
Within the Clarence Valley the Evans, Wooli and Sandon Rivers also offer pristine estuary conditions.

Freshwater species:
Bass
Eastern Cod

Saltwater species:
Luderick Bream
Whiting Flathead
Mud Crabs Blue Swimmer Crabs
Jewfish Tailor
Trevally Mullet
Garfish Flounder
Leather Jackets

Yamba is the hub of the river system and offers easy access to the bulk of estuary fishing available in the Clarence Valley.

Offshore
Deep Sea waters east of Yamba offers a huge variety of deep sea fishing ranging from Marlin and Tuna, right through to Snapper, Jew and Trag.
Being on the edge of the tropical waters offers a diverse range of species together with a large commercial prawn industry.
It's really a deep sea enthusiasts "mecca" of fishing ports! Plenty of good, safe boat ramps offer access to offshore fishing via the river mouth and there are also many beach launch opportunities.

CAUTION is needed when crossing river bars and the Clarence is very dangerous to the untrained.

 


National Parks


The major attraction of Yamba and surrounds is it's natural beauty. Yamba is fortunate to have on her doorstep two national parks and a world heritage listed nature reserve.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service runs a number of wonderful discovery tours during the school holidays in the national parks. From the Rock Pool Ramble to Canoeing the Esk and the Sandon Sojourn, all activities will help participants understand and value our natural environment.

Yuraygir National Park
To the south of Yamba is the Yuraygir National Park consisting of 30,406 ha. 60 km of cliffs and rocky headlands, pristine beaches and lake systems just waiting to be explored. This national park is unique because it is where the temperate south and tropical north overlap creating a diverse range of flora and fauna.

The Iluka Nature Reserve
North across the river mouth from Yamba lies the largest remaining stand of littoral rainforest in NSW. This valuable remnant (136 ha) of what was once an extensive coastal rainforest is World Heritage listed with the Iluka Nature Reserve home to 140 bird species.

Bundjalung National Park
North of Yamba lies 38 km of coastline including one of the last wild rivers in NSW, the Esk. 20,116 ha of coastal heathlands, rainforest, lagoons, swamps and cypress stands are waiting to be discovered.

For more information on these national parks, site and booking fees contact NPWS (02) 66411520 or www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

The Angourie Blue Pools is a major attraction for the family and tourist.
 


Local Attractions


Yamba: The Yamba Lighthouse, Main Beach salt water swimming pool, Boatharbour marina/trawlers, Port of Yamba Historical Society Museum, arthouse australia art gallery, Gorman's Oyster farm, catch a water ferry to Iluka (20 mins), coastal walk to Angourie.

Angourie: 5 minute drive south of Yamba. Fresh water Blue and Green Pools, Back Beach Angourie viewing platform, Yuraygir National Park, Wooloweyah (unique owner builder homes, walk (2 hrs) to Shelley Beach.

Fifteen minutes from Yamba is the river town of Maclean
Maclean: 20 minute river drive west of Yamba. Maclean has al fresco dining, beautifully restored federation buildings, Ferry Park Gallery and Tourist Information Centre, cane fire burning (July/December), Maclean Lookout (overlooks Clarence River to Pacific Ocean), Pinnacle Rock formation, Ulgundahi Art and Culture Centre, tartan painted telegraph poles and Scottish shop, Pennyfarthing Antiques and Wares.

 



Whale Watching
The Humpback and the Southern Right Whale are the two most common species of whales to be sighted from the Yamba coastline. Migrating north to Harvey Bay to calve, their greatest numbers can be seen during August and September. Best spots for viewing are at the Yamba Lighthouse, Yamba Breakwall, Angourie and Green Point and Lovers Point.

Bird Watching in the Lower Clarence
The Clarence Valley is located at the northern most range of the southern (Bassian) birds and the southern most range of northern (Torresian) birds providing some of the best birding in Australia.
Click here for the Bird Routes of the Clarence Valley brochure.

Shipwrecks on the Lower Clarence
The Clarence River and the adjacent coastline has been identified as having around 30 shipwrecks in it's waters. Dating as far back as 1879 ships, boats and trawlers have cruised the Clarence River for either recreation or industry. More information on the location of these wrecks can be found at www.tropicalnsw.com.au.

 


Local Markets

Yamba, Iluka and the surrounding areas have a variety of craft, and farmers markets for you to visit and sample.  Markets are held monthly, annually and farmers markets are held weekly in Yamba and Grafton.

updated 14th February 2017

 


Tourism Brochures and Market Guide are courteously provided by Clarence River Tourism


 

Clarence River Boat Hire
3 Yamba Road, Yamba Marina, Yamba
(02) 6645 8525 

Clarence River Ferries
Iluka Boatshed & Marina
0408 664 556 or (02) 6646 6423

Elemis Essential Elements Spa
166 Angourie Road, Yamba
(02) 6646 8600

Flinders Park Tennis Courts
Clarence Street, Yamba
(02) 6646 1750 (Yamba Community Heated Pool)

Historical Walks Around Yamba
River Street, Yamba (next to Golf Club)
(02) 6646 1399

Iluka Boatshed & Marina
1 Charles Street, Iluka
(02) 6646 6106

Iluka Crafter's Shop
Cnr Charles & Denne Streets, Iluka
(02) 6646 6145

Iluka Gallery (Photography)
31 Charles Street
(02) 6646 5723 or 0428 738 699

Iluka Golf Club Ltd
Owen Street, Iluka
(02) 6646 6408

Iluka Tennis Court Hire
Spenser Street, Iluka (next to Bowls Club)
(02) 6646 6106 (Iluka Boat Shed & Marina)

Kay Cottee Fine Art Gallery
Yamba Marina, Yamba Road, Yamba
(02) 6646 9898

Lions Park Tennis Courts
River Street, Yamba
(02) 6646 2104 (Yamba Golf Club)

Oyster Channel Boat Hire
21 Oyster Channel Rd, Yamba
(02) 6646 0263

Reel Time Eco Tours
6 Bent Street, Yamba
0428 231 962

Reel Time Fishing Charters
Iluka
0428 231 962

Reel Time Sportfishing Charters
6 Bent Street, Yamba
0428 231 962

Rockfish Cruises
Yamba Marina, Yamba Road, Yamba
0477 458 153

The Hire Hut
Yamba Road, Yamba
(02) 6646 2194

The Iluka Explorer
Run over the Summer School Holidays by Iluka Chamber of Commerce

U-Pedal Bicycle Hire
33a Charles Street, Iluka
(02) 6646 6500

Yamba Cinemas
13 Coldstream Street & 7-9 Treelands Drive (next to Bi-Lo)
(02) 6646 3430 or (02) 6646 9656 Website

Yamba Community Heated Pool
Angourie Road, Yamba
(02) 6646 1750

Yamba Golf & Country Club
River Street, Yamba
(02) 6646 2104

Yamba Kayaks
7 Young Street
(02) 6646 1137 Website

Yamba Main Beach Ocean Pool
FREE and open to public.
Yamba Main Beach, Pilot Street, Yamba

Yamba Marina
3 Yamba Road, Yamba
(02) 6646 9898

Yamba Museum
River Street, Yamba
(02) 6646 1399

Yamba Pawnbroker (Bike & Surfboard Hire)
1 Little High Street, Yamba
(02) 6646 2461

Yamba Squash Centre
35 Coldstream Street, Yamba
(02) 6646 2237

Yamba-Angourie Surf School
3 Candole Avenue, Yamba
(02) 6646 1496

 


Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba

Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba

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Convent Beach

Convent Beach

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Dump Beach

Dump Beach

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Pippi Beach Yamba

Pippi Beach Yamba

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Turners Beach

Turners Beach

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Whiting Beach

Whiting Beach

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Yamba Art Space

Yamba Art Space

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Yamba Historical  Walks

Yamba Historical Walks

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Yamba Lighthouse

Yamba Lighthouse

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Yamba Main Beach and Ocean Pool

Yamba Main Beach and Ocean Pool

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Bluff Beach

Bluff Beach

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Esk River

Esk River

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Frazers Reef

Frazers Reef

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Iluka Bluff Lookout

Iluka Bluff Lookout

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Iluka Main Beach

Iluka Main Beach

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Iluka Nature Reserve

Iluka Nature Reserve

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Iluka Rainforest Walking Track

Iluka Rainforest Walking Track

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Iluka Wall

Iluka Wall

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Shark Bay

Shark Bay

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