Yamba, NSW

Yamba is on Pacific Highway (A1)

Yamba Attractions

Angourie Bay Picnic Area

This is a day-use-only picnic area, in the Yuraygir National Park with picnic tables and non-flush toilets. It has a large circular driveway amongst the coastal vegetation with car parking areas off the driveway (not suitable for caravans). Follow the short path to the beach along the boardwalk that starts from the end of the picnic area. (Look for the 'Beach Access' sign). There is another short walk to a viewing platform that also starts at the picnic area. (Look for the 'Lookout' sign). An $8.00 per vehicle per day fee applies to enter the National Park and this can be paid at the self registration stand at the picnic area. No dogs are allowed in the National Park.

Turn south off Yamba Road before reaching the township of Yamba, onto Angourie Road (signposted to Angourie and Yuraygir National Park. Travel 4 kilometres then turn right onto Lakes Boulevard. After 400 metres turn left onto Mara Creek Road. Follow this unsealed road for 2 kilometres, passing the Mara Creek picnic area, to the Angourie Bay picnic area.


Angourie Blue Pool

The Blue Pool was originally a rock quarry. During quarry works, an underground spring was disturbed and the quarry filled with fresh water. Today it is a very popular swimming hole but it does occasionally get algae so if there are council signs at the entrance stated that swimming is not allowed. Please obey these signs for you own health. Dogs are banned from swimming in the pool as well. It is very close to the ocean with only a rock shelf separating them making it a good area to explore. There is a short walking track to the Blue Pool from the car parking area.

Turn east off the Pacific Highway at the southern end of the Harwood Bridge onto Yamba Road. Travel 12 kilometres then turn right at the roundabout onto Angourie Road (signposted Yuraygir National Park). Travel 5 kilometres then turn left onto The Crescent. Follow this road to the end where there is a car parking area which is large enough for caravans to park.


Scenic River Cruises

The Clarence River Ferries offer a daily commuter service between Yamba and Iluka every couple of hours. There are also scenic river cruises, complete with an historical commentary, that runs Wednesday’s and Friday’s to Harwood Island which is a 30 kilometre round trip. The ferries use the wharf facility at the river end of River Street.

After entering the town, drive pass the bowling club then take the first left, at the small roundabout, onto River Street. Follow this street to the river.


Yamba Historic Walk

This 3 kilometre medium grade walk starts and ends at the Yamba Museum in River Street. Along the way you will go through parks, along beaches and even climb to the top of Pilot Hill, Pick up a brochure from the museum before you head off.


Yamba Lighthouse

The current lighthouse was completed in 1955, replacing the original tower which was built in 1880. This 18 metre tall lighthouse sits on top of Pilot Hill, the highest hill in Yamba with 365 degree views. The view from the hill takes in Iluka to the north, Angourie and Clarence Peak to the south, the Clarence River and its many islands to the west and of course the Pacific Ocean to the east. The sunrises and sunsets from this vantage point are simply stunning. From near the lighthouse there is a walking track that takes you down to Whiting Beach.

Turn east off the Pacific Highway at the southern side of the Clarence River in Harwood onto Yamba Road. Travel 12 kilometres, continue straight ahead at the Angourie Road roundabout for 700 metres then turn right at the small roundabout onto River Street. Take the second left onto Coldstream Street, take the second exit at the roundabout then drive to the end where there is a parking area.


Yamba Museum

Some of the items on display in this museum are models of steam and sailing ships, vintage fishing rods and reels, a collection of watercolour fish paintings and thousands of photographs.

Turn off the Pacific Highway at Harwood (immediately south of the Clarance River), onto Yamba Road. Travel 12 kilometres, continue straight ahead at the Angourie Road roundabout then turn right after 700 metres and just after the bowling club, at the small roundabout, onto River Street. The museum is 550 metres on the right just past the golf course club house.


This page last reviewed on 2 Dec 2016