Yamba is located 128km south of Byron Bay on the southern side of the Clarence River mouth, opposite the seaside fishing village of Iluka. The Clarence is the largest coastal river in the state and is a fabulous fishing haven and watersport waterway.

The township is blessed with some stunning beaches flanked by magnificent headlands. Pippi Beach on Pacific Parade is a popular surf beach and is just gorgeous. Four-wheel drive access is permitted south of the swim beach.

Main Beach, on Clarence St in town, overlooks Wooli Bay and is protected by the towering Clarence Head to the north. This picturesque beach is patrolled by the surf club and has a foreshore safe-swimming pool.


Turners Beach, off Harbour St, is north of Clarence Head and protected by the headland and the Clarence River’s southern breakwater. The water is relatively calm for swimming or you can venture over to the rock groyne and throw a line in.

yamba-clarence-river Whiting Beach, also off Harbour St, lies on the bank of the Clarence River and is more suitable for fishing from. A boat ramp is close by off Harbour St with a launching facility into Yamba Bay.

Clarence River Ferries operate daily between here and Iluka and depart 4-5 times throughout the day. Ferry rides depart from the Wharf at the end of River St and arrive at the Iluka Boatshed & Marina, costing $6.50 per adult each way. Other Clarence River cruises operating on scheduled days between 11am and 3pm are the Harwood Island Cruise and Sunday Jazz Cruise costing $20 and $30 respectively.

The Clarence Head Lighthouse on Pilot Hill affords views over Main Beach to the south of the headland and across to Turners Beach and Iluka north of the river mouth. A walking trail to Turners Beach departs from Pilot Hill.


An attraction worthy of note south of town is the internationally recognised Angourie Surfing Reserve in Yuraygir National Park south of town. A 200 metre walk leads to the stunning headland beach and famous surf break.


Angourie is a gorgeous spot with attractive coastline. Spooky Beach is accessible via The Crescent and offers a scenic lookout and nice swim beach. Further down the road are Blue and Green Pools, naturally formed rock pools on the coast suitable for cooling off in whilst overlooking the ocean.


The Yamba coastline and waterways are superb. The beachside and riverside holiday village offers fishing, surfing, swimming and river cruising in a scenic setting and tranquil location.

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