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We’ve recently moved from Sydney to Yamba to start a whole new life, of less stress and simpler lifestyle choices, I thought I’d share a few of the awesome things we’ve found to do in Yamba.
I think these will be some of your favourite things to do in Yamba.
1. Book a seat at a Cocktails and Candles Workshop at Just Enough Beach
Drop in and see cocktail scented candles being handmade in Yamba right in store. They have a new shop, you’ll find them in the laneway between the Commonwealth Bank and the Butcher in Coldstream st.
Just Enough Beach: Shop 4/18 Coldstream St, Yamba
Pour your own cocktail scented candle and sip the cocktails that inspired them with grazing platters by local catering businesses. They do fabulous hampers with local spirits and champion locally made and printed. Gift a cocktail and candle workshop or find the perfect gift handmade in Yamba.
PS: Ask for a taste of their Lychee Mix, it’s to die for.
2. Grab some prawns with the pelicans at the Co-Op
One of the first places we visited, a gorgeous setting out the back, and full of cheeky pelicans, don’t forget the mozzie spray, if you are visiting at night.
3. Eat a Yamba Prawn Pizza at Sassafras.
Just divine. Local Yamba Prawns, you must try this one.
We’ve also tried the Rat Baits…
it’s little breads served with a trio of butters,
the kids just loved eating them, the name helped too.
If you like it hot, the Fireworks Pizza is also a must.
We also tried the Pesto pasta on the specials board, bellissimo!
The icing on the cake…
our little guy received a glow in the dark stick to wear and a picture to colour in, as we walked out of the restaurant, the masterpiece was promptly stuck on the wall, Sassafras is now called “my artwork place” by the little guy.
Fabulous food with family, friendly service.
4. Try a Jalapeno Popper at The Mexican and sip on a Margarita
OMG, just love these, they are Jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese, coated in panko crumb, deep fried and served with a mayo type dressing.
We ordered 3 other dishes to share: Fish Ceviche, Chicken Enchalada, (which also came with rice) and a mexican layered dip. Thoroughly loved these, my favourite was the poppers though.
Of course we had to try a classic Margarita – one jug was perfect between 3.
5. Take a stroll along the beach at Pippies,
apart from the fact its beautiful and has great waves to surf, it’s also got hidden bonuses…
(a) you can take your dog
(b) parking is FREE all day!
(you don’t get that in the big smoke.)
6. Hire a BBQ boat and cruise The Clarence.
What a neat idea. Catch your own fish and eat them on board, bring your own drinks and nibbles. We did this the other week, and it was just a magic day, bring your own fishing rods and if you catch something, cook it up on the BBQ straight away. There are 3 boats to choose from holding 8-12 passengers, call to book on this number 0403 677 187. Oh and you don’t need a boat licence to drive these either. Bonus.
7. Walk along the breakwall at Turners Beach
Spot an eagle as you stroll to the “end of the world” as our guy says.
Dogs are allowed too,
(did I mention our dog just loves this town?)
And, it’s inspiring a whole new collection I’m working on called Yamba Scandi
8. Visit the Farmers Market every wednesday morning from 7am-11
The best tomatoes I’ve had in a long time,
free range eggs that come with a story…
something you’ll love in Yamba,
there’s time to talk.
I also found community garden herbs, organic pork, local honey and wild rosellas (to make champagne syrup).
I made a batch of this, just gorgeous in champas.
9. Take a trip on the Clarence River Ferry to Iluka for the day.
What a gorgeous boat, we caught the 11am ferry, had another chat with a friendly local, who advised us how to get to around Iluka, we booked a round trip, returning at 4pm to Yamba.
Here’s what we did there…
10. Grab a bite to eat at the Iluka Bowling Club, no need to twist my arm for chinese, I’d eat it every day. We ate at Master Wok- Chinese restaurant and we’ll be back.
11. Grab a refreshment at the Iluka pub and don’t forget to bring the togs for the kids, they can fish or swim from the pontoon like our guy did.
12. Stroll, (don’t run like we had to) back along the Iluka foreshore to catch the 4pm ferry back to Yamba.
I loved this… just a magic day on the water, we’ll be doing it again…
13. Stop by for some green eggs and ham at Irons and Craig (Update: now Yum Yum)
Breakfast is served till 12 and this version of green eggs and ham is one of the best I’ve tried, I think it’s the fetta that makes it great and that chutney.
Apart from the fab food here.
You should take a look inside…
My favourite thing…
The old flyscreen door that bangs every time it gets shut,
reminds me of my grandmas house.
14. Visit Yamba Shores Tavern, while you watch the Clarence River drift by, then feed the fish if you can bear to give away your leftovers.
Try the bistro for hamburgers, pastas, surf and turf and kids meals.
Bonus for parents…
there’s a playground for the kids.
Try the new menu
we loved the roasted cauliflower and prawn bruschetta to share and a new selection of seafood to try.
yum, we’ll be back with visitors here.
(There’s a free shuttle bus too)
15. Find a secret spot to fish and take your pets for a stroll too, obviously I can’t tell you the spot, it wouldn’t be a secret then, but there are plenty of spots to stop and drop in a line. We’ve caught a fish every time we go here, it’s a magic spot.
16. Watch the kangaroos on the Yamba Golf Course (infact you’ll probably see a few kangaroos in your travels around Yamba, but this is the spot to watch them with a cool drink on the deck). You can play a round of golf too, and ask about their Wine Club Menu. It’s 4 courses with matching wines, held on the second Tuesday of every second month. Book a table to eat courses like, seared Morton Bay Bugs in Garlic Butter Sauce served in Baby Cos Cups paired with matching wines.
17. If you’re here on the last Sunday of the month, head to the Yamba River Markets on the Clarence River, perfect for live entertainment, food and local crafts and goods. Try the Kransky Sausages, they were awesome, while you’re there, pick up a locally made food cover to keep the pesky flies off your food… it’s been put to good use at our place already. Follow the guys on Facebook here for more info and dates.
18. Try Bowen Therapy
You’ll be hooked like I am…
it’s perfect if you sit at a computer all day, suffer back pain, Carpal Tunnel, the list is endless.
Head here to Yamba Bowen Therapy to book a session and find out more, you should read the testimonials too. I can’t speak highly enough of this therapy.
You can even do a certified course to learn how to teach this therapy right here in Yamba. Don’t forget to tell Belinda I sent you.
AND… by the way she also does the best massage in town, you so must have one of these.
19. Take a break at the top of the hill and just enjoy the view from the Pacific Hotel over main beach.
While you are up there, stroll a few steps to check out the lighthouse.
If you fancy the surf report…
The Pacific does a fab daily report of the local waves, follow them on instagram to get the latest.
20. Get out and ride a bike or take a stroll along this pathway, what a view…
it’s gets better as you keep going too.
21. Buy local… I bought my first bike yesterday.
(Happy Mother’s day to me!)
That’s amazing in itself.
But even more amazing…
Bill from Xtreme Cycle & Skate 02 6645 8879 dropped the bike to my door today,
Micheal is now the new owner, and he’s just as fab, drop in and say hi.
22. Visit a local artist (like me), check out selected pieces from my Yamba Scandi Collection
You can now find these prints in the new shop, at Just Enough Beach Shop 4/18 Coldstream St Yamba, next to the Nook Bookshop in the laneway. Tell them Sarah Sent you.
23. Do lunch at Yamba Cafe Marina
Eat on the deck with a view, I’m off to eat here this weekend, I’ll keep you updated on my lunch. I can’t wait to try it.
Lunch update: I shared the steak sandwich, just yum, sliced steak on foccacia, simple, home cooking, one of the best steak sandwiches I’ve tried, oh and the pan fried mushrooms with rocket and fetta mousse was just divine. The fetta mousse has a hint of lemon and is whipped to perfection, it’s so good, I think they should bottle it, and sell it on it’s own.
This BYO cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, but can be booked for special partys in the evening, the perfect place to celebrate.
24. Drop by the Ferry Park Gallery, check out the local artists and find out more about this place for artists on the Lower River. There’s also a Tourist Information Centre and a Cafe overlooking the Clarence River. Take a seat on the verandah and stop to take it all in.
25. Buy a Cane Lobster Pot and make it into a pendant light. (I’m planning on making these for our new kitchen.)
actually use it to catch lobsters.
Head to Yamba Bait and Tackle to pick these up and get some fishing tips from the experts.
That’s it for now, there are so many fabulous locals and business’s here, (I wish we could name them all) we’ve been welcomed with open arms and we can’t wait to find more awesome things about Yamba.
If you are visiting or even thinking or relocating here like we have, there’s a great publication on the area by Clarence Valley Council, click below to view.
Have you been to Yamba?
anything we must do for our next 25 awesome things to do?
Have a great weekend guys,
Live with Love,
PS: 70% of visitors to the Clarence Valley are seeing friends or family, is that a hint or what? (Mum and Dad)
Our house update: still moving along, stay tuned.
Happy Mothers day to all the mum’s out here, mine included, I hope you have a wonderful weekend with family and maybe even get breakfast in bed? xx
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I love visiting yamba for a holiday, we usually camp. It must feel like one big holiday living there!
Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages recently posted…Coffee Walnut Loaf
Hi Malinda, yep, it does a bit, such a lovely place and the people are all so lovely. Have a great weekend x
Oh, I wish I’d had your guide when we came to Yamba! We loved the Tavern (and the courtesy mini bus) and had breakfast with Turkish flavours at Beachwood Cafe. What a beautiful part of the world you get to call home! Hope you have a dreamy day on Sunday xx
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Thanks Sammie, you’ll have to look us up next time you come visit. I’ll have to check out the Beachwood Cafe too. I’m feeling pretty lucky to live here. Have a wonderful Sunday. x
Sarah I love Yamba and the Clarence River. When they were still with us my Grandparents lived on Harwood Island on the Clarence River. I spent many a Christmas Holiday at Harwood and visits to Yamba were a given. We celebrated my Grandmother’s 90th Birthday at the Yamba Café Marina, that was about 7 years ago now, we had a lovely day! Yamba really is a beautiful place. What a beautiful place for you to be living, Enjoy!
Dannielle@Zamamabakes recently posted…Fabulous Foodie Fridays #50
Isn’t that a lovely story, I think Yamba and the Clarence has so many stories like that, of childhood holidays. The Marina Cafe was lovely for lunch, one of the girls mentioned that they had a 40th there, would be a great spot for a party, a 90th would have been perfect there, what a lovely memory. I’m counting myself very lucky to be living here. x
Well, I have to admit I had never heard of Yamba, but it looks like a pretty laid back, lovely spot – so I will keep it in mind when I’m next in that neck of the woods!
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It is such a great little spot, but don’t tell everyone, lol! Thanks for dropping by Amanda.
Oh I really want to go to Yamba!! My bother in law and his family go there often and love it, so Im dying to go! Now after reading this, I want to go even more!!!
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Let me know if you do, would love to catch up and see you here. x
We love, love, love Yamba. The best prawns in the universe. They are cheeky pelicans those ones at the back of the co-op. I’m so happy it’s working out for you x
Thanks Bele, it is such a great place, so much more to see and do, but we are loving it.x
You really have made yourself right at home there havent you hun. Sooooo happy for you – and OK maybe a little bit envious too 😉 Hope you had a fabulous mothers day xx
Thanks Sonia, I’m just loving it here, such a beautiful place, I’m waiting for the weather to get cold, but it hasn’t happened yet, that would be a double bonus if it stays like this, as the locals say. Mothers day was awesome, we went on the BBQ boat again and I caught the biggest bream, was fantastic. You too. x
You are so lucky to have moved here, Sarah. We’ll be stopping into Yamba when we are next on an east coast road trip, so I’ll keep your list handy!! x
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Been busting to get here for years and finally bringing the family for easter. Cannot wait!! but don’t want to waste time as we only have 4 nights. Please keep us posted on priority thing s to do!!! Cheers
If you have kids or love the beaches, then these are obviously a must, maybe try one a day, Whiting and Turners beaches are also great to visit and then eat and explore in the arvos/evenings? Fishing is pretty cool up here too and depending on what kind of food you like, take you pick from the ones here. The tavern has a great playground for kids and a courtesy bus also. Have a fab time, and if you don’t fit everything in, then you have the perfect excuse to come back again.
Thank you so much for all this great info. We are coming to Yamba to visit with friends and have a break, now I am not sure if 2 weeks is enough! The enthusiasm and joy with which you describe the area is infectious. We might have to look at another visit .
Oh I hope you have the most wonderful time here. Enjoy it, I think it is amazing. Have a fabulous holiday. x
I realise this is an old post, but just want to say thanks for the heads up on Yamba. We have travelled through on many occasions, but never actually stopped to have a squizz around. We are spending aweek in a cabin at Corindi late next month as we have visitors from UK, so will definitely be spending a day at Yamba. Thanks again for a very informative and helpful post.
A pleasure, I hope you have a great time here, it is an old post but all these things are still current and we love doing them, enjoy.