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Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in the beauty of Yamba, a coastal gem renowned for its pristine beaches and abundance of exciting experiences for kids and families, couples, groups, and solo travelers alike. Whether you’re a beach enthusiast, adventure seeker, or nature lover, Yamba has something for you. Here's a curated list of the best things to do in Yamba in 2024.

Yamba Main Beach and Ocean Pool
Yamba Main Beach. Image credit Destination NSW

1. Check Out the Beaches

Yamba is famous for its coastal scene, so it’s only natural that the beaches are first on our list. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly swimming spots, dog-friendly areas, the best surf, or a peaceful place to relax, Yamba offers diverse experiences for all beachgoers.

Main Beach: Perfect for surfing, swimming, or simply soaking up the sun. Yamba Main Beach is a hub of activity with the picturesque ‘ocean pool’ built into the rocks and beachside food and drinks available at The Kiosk. The beach is patrolled on weekends and during school holidays.

Whiting Beach: Ideal for young ones and those seeking a peaceful swim. Whiting Beach is the most sheltered beach in the Clarence Valley with only the smallest waves reaching the shore. Embrace the calm water and try stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking. The western end of Whiting Beach (west of the car park) is a dog-friendly on-leash area.

Pippi Beach: A popular spot for long leisurely walks or a game of fetch with your four-legged friend. The southern end of Pippi Beach (south of Dolphin Park) provides a dog-friendly off-leash area for your dog to enjoy a splash in the ocean.

Convent Beach: Convent Beach is a small, quiet beach shaded by vegetation. Take a dip in the clear water or simply sit and enjoy the tranquillity of this hidden gem.

Turners Beach: Patrolled during the summer season, Turners Beach is a hotspot for swimming and surfing. The beach is enclosed by the break wall, which provides a popular fishing destination and a lovely path to stroll and enjoy the scenery.

Yamba Kayak
Yamba Kayak. Image credit Destination NSW

2. Book a Kayak Tour

Explore Yamba's waterways on a guided tour with Yamba Kayak. Choose from a selection of tours including the popular River Island Tour or Sunset Tour, encounter dolphins and other wildlife, and relish the stunning scenery. Tours are suitable for ages 6+ with no prior experience needed.

If a self-guided adventure is more your style, Yamba Kayak also offers kayak hire. The paddle and picnic package is a great option for couples and includes a double kayak, paddles, life jackets, maps, food, drinks, and a picnic blanket.

5-minute walk from Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Get directions

3. Explore Yamba on Foot (or Bike)

Embark on a scenic 3 km trip starting at Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Take a stroll alongside the mighty Clarence River, stop for a dip at Whiting Beach, catch some waves at Turners, walk along the picturesque break wall, then make your way up to the iconic Yamba Lighthouse.

If you would prefer a relaxed cycle through the village but don’t have a bike, you can try renting a bike from the Bike Shop Yamba.

4. Drive to Angourie

Take a short drive to Angourie and visit the incredible natural Springwater swimming holes. While you’re there be sure to check out Spooky Beach and indulge in fresh local cuisine at Angourie Café and Wine Bar.

The Angourie pools will occasionally be closed due to algae blooms, but you can still float around in the large saltwater rock pool and enjoy the stunning scenery.

7-minute drive from Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Get directions

Yamba Farmers and Producers Market
Yamba Farmers and Producers Market. Image credit Destination NSW

5. Visit the Yamba Markets

Yamba River Markets: Stop by the vibrant Yamba River Markets, held on the fourth Sunday of each month at Ford Park. Discover over 100 stalls offering fresh local produce, plants, food, crafts, and more. Upcoming markets will be held on Sunday 28th of January and Sunday 24th of March 2024, featuring free live entertainment on the foreshores of the beautiful Clarence River.

1-minute walk from Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Get directions

Yamba Farmers and Producers Market: Yamba is also home to the Yamba Farmers and Producers Market, held every Wednesday between 7 am and 11 am at the Whiting Beach car park. With 45 permanent stalls held by regional farmers, makers, bakers, artisans, and producers, this weekly market is the perfect place to experience the Clarence Valley through sensational food and local culture.

5-minute walk from Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Get directions

6. Take a Scenic River Cruise

Experience the beauty of the Clarence River with a scenic 30-minute ferry ride to the charming coastal village of Iluka. Clarence River Ferries offers a daily ferry service between Yamba and Iluka. 

Hop off the ferry and grab some sushi from Chez Basho Boatshed Café. Walk to the pirate-themed playground at Charlie Ryan Memorial Park and enjoy a dip in the river with the safety of a mesh-protected swimming area.

Clarence River Ferries also operates an educational History Cruise every Wednesday and a Live Music Cruise every Sunday. Refreshments are available, and there is a fully licensed bar on board.

1-minute walk from Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Get directions

Surf Camp Down Under
Image credit @surfcamp_downunder on Instagram

7. Learn to Surf

There is no better feeling than catching your first wave! Surf Camp Down Under is a leading Yamba-based surf school that offers a variety of inclusive lessons for all ages and abilities.

All equipment is provided, including a surfboard, wetsuit, rash shirt, and sunscreen. All you need to bring is a beach towel and a water bottle!

Give the team a call on 0447 693 863 to book.

5-minute walk from Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Get directions

8. Try Deep Sea Fishing

For those seeking an adventure, Yamba Fishing and Charters offer a variety of deep-sea fishing trips. Perfect for families, groups, couples, and solo explorers. Book a half or full-day charter with all equipment provided. Contact Glynn and Julie on 0401 564 052 or 0407 540 038.

1-minute walk from Calypso Yamba Holiday Park. Get directions

Yamba is a coastal paradise promising an unforgettable blend of nature, adventure, and relaxation. Make 2024 the year you discover the best Yamba has to offer.

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