All I can hear is the gentle sound of the water lapping against the rickety jetty and the odd squawk from a curious seagull in search of a little breakfast.
There are no people, no cars, just pleasant solitude, a bright blue sky and soft warmth radiating onto my tired body.
It’s been a big few months and five days at Yamba is exactly what I need.
Located four-and-a-half hours from the Sunshine Coast, this small northern New South Wales town has the best of both worlds – beautiful beaches and the mighty Clarence River, which yields some of the country’s best seafood.
It has been more than two decades since I last travelled to the sleepy town and it is refreshing to see it hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, there are a few new modern additions, but Yamba still retains its slow pace and community vibe.
The last time I sat on this jetty was as a 12-year-old alongside my mum, dad and brother. Now it’s my turn to introduce my own family to the charm of Yamba, and needless to say it wins the hearts of my husband and four-year-old son.
With a plethora of cafes, markets, fishing, heritage walks and plenty to explore, there is always something fun to do.
FIVE THINGS TO DO IN YAMBA
TAKE A DRIVE TO ANGOURIE
Located a short drive from Yamba, this neighbouring beach village attracts some of the best surfers in the world, and for good reason. The landscape is breathtaking. This is not a swimming beach and only experienced surfers should tackle the waves that crash against the rocky shelf. However, if you are keen for a dip, you are in luck. Beachside you will find the famous Angourie Blue and Green Pools. Once a rock quarry that sprung a leak, the Blue Pool is now a popular freshwater swimming hole for families. Pack a picnic, find a shady spot and enjoy the cool water.
TAKE A WALK ALONG YAMBA MAIN BEACH
This stretch of beach is guaranteed to make you smile. It’s stunning. Patrolled on weekends and on school holidays from December through to Easter, this is a great beach to visit. And if the heat is too much, you can always hike up to the iconic Pacific Hotel, which regally sits above the quaint beach.
ENJOY BREAKFAST AT LATITUDE 29
Located in town, this casual cafe specialises in cold drip coffee and is popular with local residents. The food is fresh and created from locally-sourced products. Try the bruschetta with poached egg or the pancakes. Delicious!
FISH OFF THE JETTY
A trip to Yamba is not complete without wetting a line. Settle in on one of the public jetties that line the Clarence River and try your luck as eagle-eyed pelicans keep watch. Our favourite spot is located in front of iconic resort, Moby Dick. The fish bite and the scenery is second to none.
I’m the first to admit that surfing is not my thing. However, you can’t holiday in Yamba without surfing, or at least jumping on a body board. If you are a little rusty try Turner’s Beach. It’s a great spot for families too.
WHERE TO STAY
You won’t find any large five-star resorts in Yamba. However, there are plenty of holiday units that are perfect for families. We stayed at the Moby Dick Waterfront Resort. Recently refurbished, the premium family room is perfect for families. All rooms have views of the Clarence River. There is a pool, plenty of barbecues and a large grassed area for the kids to run around. Moby Dick Waterfront Resort is located on Yamba Road, close to shops, restaurants and beaches. Visit mobydick.com.au