A Complete Guide to Yamba
While many flock to Byron Bay when in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, if you’re looking for laid-back vibes, Gram-worthy beaches and an epic food scene without the backpackers and tourists , we suggest you make tracks for Yamba. Once a sleepy fishing village, the town has become a popular summer vacation destination.
If your idea of a vacation in paradise is laying on the beach, sipping oysters, flipping a scooey, and strolling along the coast, book this annual vacation, hit the highway, and spend a few days at this Coastal gem on the NSW North Coast.
You do not know where to start ? We scoured the tough yards and spotted the best places to eat, drink, play and stay in Yamba.
Where to eat in Yamba
Serving a seasonal menu that celebrates and brings together the best of the region’s local catch, organic produce and foraged specialties, Karrikin should be high on your list of things to do in Yamba. Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in town, you will feast on innovative creations that are as tasty as they are beautifully presented.
Ditch the boring toast at your Airbnb and head to the Beachwood Cafe for breakfast – we guarantee you’ll hit it at least twice on your trip. A few blocks from the beach, this spacious cafe offers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern style cuisine, a great atmosphere and a host with the most. Sevtap Yüce is proud of her Turkish roots and even has her own cookbook. Feast on shakshuka, feta scrambled eggs with Turkish sausage and poached fruit for breakfast, or head to lunch for dolmades and fresh seafood like Chilli Yamba Shrimp and with garlic and Turkish sardines.
On a Saturday night, head to Paradiso perched on top of the hill (well worth the trip). With dim lighting, an eclectic interior and an irresistible cocktail list (margaritas are a must), this pan-Asian restaurant is the kind of place you’ll want to hang out all night. As for the food, expect to share plates like karaage chicken bao, Yamba prawn wontons, trevally sashimi, and pork dumplings. As for drinks, there’s an incredible cocktail list, as well as beers, ciders, and wines.
Angourie Café & Wine Bar
The culinary legends behind Paradiso also offer the ultimate daytime offering, Angourie Cafe & Wine Bar. Located just a 10-minute drive south of Yamba, this is your go-to spot for epic breakfasts. It’s right across from Spooky’s Beach, so pull up a chair and enjoy generous helpings of poached eggs with mashed peas, nourishing bowls or, our favorite, goat cheese and jalapeño scrambled eggs. Are you leaving at night? Then, settle in for delicious tapas and wines and lots of good times.
And while you’re in Angourie, be sure to book dinner next door at Barbaresco. This Italian institution is a local favorite, serving heavenly pizza (eggplant, parmesan and ricotta are a must), fresh seafood and bowls and bowls of fresh pasta.
Brgr Spot is famous for their towering, finger-licking creations that are best devoured with one of their tasty cocktails. To make you drool, some of their offerings include The Mac Attack (12-hour beer-braised brisket, macaroni and cheese patty, crispy bacon and pickles on a brioche bun) and the Buffalo Billy (southern fried chicken smothered in a Buffalo sauce with butter, pickles, lettuce and topped with a blue cheese sauce).
Where to drink in Yamba
For the best coffee you’ll have to venture just 20 minutes up the road to Maclean. Botero is a local coffee roastery that serves a bunch of places in the Northern Rivers region. Come enjoy an exceptional cup of coffee straight from the source. And it would be rude not to order the Brekky Fried Rice with Chorizo and Mushrooms.
A trip to Yamba isn’t complete without catching a cold at the Pacific Hotel. Boasting stunning views of the main beach, this spot offers a pure, laid-back vacation vibe, with a live band playing music on the weekends and a kitchen offering delicious burgers and plates of fresh oysters every day. days.
Wobbly Chook Brewing Co.
Would it be a good coastal town without a craft brewery? Hopheads will want to head straight to Wobbly Cook, located right in the heart of Yamba. One of the few microbreweries in the Clarence Valley, this spot is perfect for knocking down a few schooners on a sunny arvo. Everything is brewed on site – from lagers and lagers to heavier dark ales and IPAs – and they even have accommodation (if you need a place to rest your weary head after a day on the beers). Want to hit another brewery? Check out Sanctus Brewing Co. in nearby Townsend.
If you prefer gin, head to the Clarence Distillery. Spend an afternoon with some G&Ts in the distillery shed after a morning surf and we think you’ll feel maxo relaxo pretty quickly. Open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday “from 1 p.m.”, the distillery offers tasting palettes and alcohol-based cocktails made on site.
Things To Do In Yamba
The obvious thing: go to the beach
There’s a beach for every type of vacation at Yamba, and the best part is that they’re all equally stunning. We suggest starting your day with a refreshing dip in the ocean pool at Main Beach, where you might even spot a dolphin or two on the horizon. For the perfect swimming spot for the whole gang, head to Turners Beach, patrolled seven days a week. For something a little more secluded, we love cliff-lined Convent Beach, or hop in the car and head us to our favorite (and local secret) Spooky Beach near Angourie. Throw in a towel, watch the surfers do their thing and marvel that this slice of heaven is right in our backyard.
Eat your way around the Farmers Market
There’s no better way to see all the delicacies a town has to offer than at the local farmer’s market and Yamba’s offering is quite special. Held every Wednesday morning from 7-11am in the Whiting Beach parking lot, the produce market offers all kinds of tasty treats, so be sure to come here with an empty stomach and large reusable bags. Stalls are brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, organic meats, delicious baked goods and pastries, as well as artisan products and the perfect fiddle-leaf fig for your living room.
Explore the famous blue and green pools
While you’re in Angourie soaking up the rays of Spooks, take a short detour to the famous Blue And Green Pools. Simply follow the sandy path to the freshwater springs surrounded by a rugged rock face, a popular snorkeling spot for those who dare. For your information, we didn’t dare on our last trip.
To take a walk
After a few days of drinking, eating, and lying on the beach, you might want to take a few steps (but if you don’t, you’re still doing a great job). One of the best walks around is the 65km Yuraygir Coastal Walk. Now we’re not saying you have to do this whole multi-day hike (although it’s beautiful) so if you’re looking to do just part of it, the 10km round trip Angourie walking track is the only one thanks to its lookout, coastal views and whale watching opportunities.
Deposit money at Yamba shops
Yamba’s main center is dotted with a bunch of epic shops that will get you credit card fast. For a selection of Australian brands like Rowie and Zulu & Zephyr, check out Podium nestled at the end of Yamba Street. For truly dreamy interior design, we directly obsess over everything inside the Island Collective.
Where to stay in Yamba
the black ace
A restored 110-year-old cottage is now an incredibly sleek and modern Airbnb designed for entertaining. With a games room, sound system, coffee machine and the ability to sleep 14, you’ll be looking for a reason to have the ultimate getaway. Book here.
Private bungalow facing the ocean
You are on a beach vacation, so it would be rude not to stay somewhere with amazing ocean views. This private bungalow is an absolute gem if you are planning a romantic getaway to Yamba. This simple 1950s bungalow is perched on the rocks, has direct access to the beach a few meters from the front door and has a wooden balcony where you can observe dolphins and whales and relax with sunsets. Book here.
Angourie Rainforest Resort
Nestled in lush subtropical rainforest between Yamba and Angourie, this oasis among the trees features a day spa, tennis courts, gym, playground, on-site restaurant and an immaculate swimming pool. There is actually no need to set foot outside of this retreat. Book here.
Apartment by the sea
This two-bedroom beauty features plush queen beds, a brand new kitchen, and a stunning deck that overlooks the main beach. It is a stone’s throw from the Pacific Hotel and the lighthouse, and also has private access to the beach. Heaven. Book here.
All of the rooms at this resort have balconies overlooking the serenity of the Clarence River, making it the perfect place to enjoy sunset drinks and dinner with your significant other. Go fishing off the private jetty or dive into the saltwater pool. Moby Dick Resort is a great place to stay. Book here.
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