Yamba is a popular fishing and holiday destination on the far north coast, situated approximately 680 km from Sydney and sits on the southern side of the Clarence River estuary.
Yamba is sustained economically by its fishing fleet and the tourism it attracts from its reputation as being a desirably quiet town by the sea with great fishing.
Just south is a very popular surfing beach at Angourie, although it is also popular with rip tides so be careful if surfing here. An annual fishing competition, The Yamba Family Fishing Competition, was started in 1958 and is run every year in September or October.
On the north side of the river mouth is Iluka, marking the southern point of the Bundjalung National Park. The Nature Reserve at Illuka is worth visiting as it contains a large area of rainforest. Also within the Bundjalung National Park are various Aboriginal sites of interest, as well as some good surfing beaches.
There are a variety of things to see in Yamba including the Yamba Lighthouse which stands 41m above the sea and showcases fine views of the coastline. There is a daily ferry to nearby Iluka along with river cruises to Harwood Island operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Story House Museum is home to boundless historical information, displays, working models and other interesting collections - the museum is only open on selected days so be sure to plan ahead!
The 10km Angourie walking track commences from the picnic area at Mara Creek and heads south, forming a very pleasant coastal walk that is especially nice during springtime. If you are interested in great surf, head to Angourie Point which is close to the Angourie Bay Picnic Area.
Nearby, Angourie is a tiny town just 5 km south of Yamba and is home to great surf and a lovely lookout over the beach and headlands. There are also some interesting rock pools to visit.