With a little lighthouse, a big river, a marina, a fishing fleet, great beaches with Norfolk pines and some groovy restaurants and cafes, Yamba somehow combines just about everything people enjoy in coastal towns. To top it all off, the CSIRO and Stanford University described the area has have the ‘world’s best climate’, an enviable combination of sunny summers and mild winters which the locals love and visitors enjoy.
Fish are what Yamba is often about, starting with the fishing industry which goes back to the early days of settlement and still plays a major role in the town. The view of the fleet setting out down the river and across the bar at sunset is best enjoyed from Lighthouse hill, and at night the lights of the fleet can often be seen twinkling on the horizon. Amateur anglers also enjoy the range of opportunities Yamba offers, with rock, beach, estuary or deep sea fishing spots. Boats can be hired or chartered and houseboats and cruisers are another holiday possibility. Even just a ferry trip across the Clarence to Iluka is a great way of enjoying the water, sightseeing, and discovering new fishing spots. Seafood fanciers will also enjoy the oysters farmed in this prime setting.
With new housing, accommodation and retail developments making the most of this scenic spot, Yamba looks poised to move into a more sophisticated future, with tourism playing an important role alongside the traditional industries. An emphasis on good regional cuisine, particularly seafood, has seen several local restaurants develop regional followings.
- Population – 5000
- Transport Services – Bus
- Council – Maclean Shire Council
- Community Markets – every 4th Sunday
- Yamba Squash Tournament – March
- Yamba Easter Yachting Regatta – April
- Three Peaks Race (Yachting and foot race combined) – June
- Yamba Lions Family Fishing Festival – September
- Yamba Seafood Expo – November
- Yamba Rod Run – November
- Pippi Beach Classic (surf board event) – January