37 Uniquely Different Yamba Experiences
Yamba is one of Australia’s best town thanks to it’s incredible beaches, sunshine, summer and sand.
If you’ve visited Yamba you will know the nostalgiac Australian summer holiday just like we used to enjoy with our parents all those years ago.
But the secrets behind Yamba’s sunny, smiling facade are it’s incredible, unique and different experiences hiding around every corner.
So we’ve curated the best local secrets and uniquely Yamba experiences into the ultimate list of things to do in Yamba NSW.
Table of contents
- Botero Roastery
- Wombah Coffee Plantation
- Nicholson Fine Foods Tasting Tours
- Yamba Picnics
- Yamba High Tea
- Kitchen to Table
- One Country Mouse
- Yamba Fudge
- The Shoe Boutique Yamba
- Rooster and Rabbit
- The Nook Yamba
- Flots & Jets
- Yamba River Markets
- Grafton Jacaranda Festival
- Maclean Highland Gathering
- The Maclean and District Orchid Society
- Grafton Show
- Feast in the Field
- Plunge Art & Cultural Festival
- Yamba, Maclean & Iluka Golf Clubs
- Yamba Tours & Charters
- Clarence River Kayaking
- King Studio Screen Printing Workshops
- Grafton Regional Gallery
- Local Art Galleries
- Macrame Workshops
- Clarence River Ferry Cruise
- Yuraygir Coastal Walk
- Aboriginal Cultural Tours
- Sights of Yamba
- Whale Watching Charters
- Yamba Hot Rod Run
- Yamba Spa & Massage
- Sugar Cane Burns & Farm Tours
- Harwood Sugar Mill Tour
- Prawn Farm Tours
- Yamba Cinema
1. Botero Roastery
Nestled in nearby Maclean just 15 minutes drive from Yamba is the jewel of the Clarence Valley for coffee lovers. City style blends a fantastic cafe and espresso bar with a full roastery which is entirely visible behind full glass walls for you to enjoy with your cup. Botero also operates roastery tours for organised groups to walk you through the story behind every cup lovingly roasted and brewed by caffeine addicts.
2. Wombah Coffee Plantation
Coffee connoisseurs may also appreciate the Wombah Coffee Plantation, a secret destination just a short drive from yamba with a little bit of history. Wombah Coffee Plantation was first established in 1982 by Joan and Joy who still run the plantation to today nurturing their organically grown coffee from berry to roasting. The best time to visit is during flowering or harvesting which usually occurs from October to December each year.
3. Nicholson Fine Foods Tasting Tours
If you’re a food fanatic then a tasting tour is a ‘must do’ when visiting Yamba. Peter is a highly awarded, experienced and innovative Chef who takes out national awards for his unique food products every year. This guided tour will take you through the Nicholson Fine Foods product ranges and local factory where guests are able to sample and purchase speciality food products at cellar door prices.
4. Yamba Picnics
An outdoor picnic in Yamba is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors all year round. We’re perfectly located to accommodate your winter, summer, spring or autumn picnic on the coast, in the rainforest or along the Clarence River with incredible food, wine and comfort so you can simply turn up and enjoy your picnic with your loved one or close friends.
5. Yamba High Tea
A high tea is not your average afternoon tea. Experience true fine dining with speciality teas, scones, biscuits and more surrounded by our luxurious rainforest.
6. Kitchen to Table
Yamba’s one-stop shop for quality kitchenware, tableware and cookware who also run regular cooking classes in store. If you’re in the mood for food and would like to go home with a new dish in your cookbook make sure to check in with Meredith for the next class.
7. One Country Mouse
Now here’s something different. One Country Mouse is a local Yamba clothing and accessories store that caters to every season from Crocs and dresses in summer to stylish alpaca, merino, angora, and cashmere for winter. There’s something here for all ages and you’ll get home with a unique piece of Yamba in your wardrobe.
8. Yamba Fudge
Yamba Fudge make their own world famous fudge in store right here in Yamba and also source and stock a range of retro lollies and quality chocolates requested by locals and visitors alike. With service and a selection like no other, it’s not uncommon to see customers travelling in from interstate to pick up their orders or have them sent out.
9. The Shoe Boutique Yamba
If shoes are your weakness, The Shoe Boutique in Yamba stock a great range of modern, classy, casual and funky shoes and accessories sure to find their way into your collection.
10. Rooster and Rabbit
Founded by local mother and daughter duo, Rooster and Rabbit are a minimalist and quirky clothing and lifestyle concept store. Boasting a distinctly curated interior inspired by modern design with vintage centre-pieces, this local shop combines local Yamba charm with a hint of European class.
11. The Nook Yamba
This is the reader’s corner in Yamba with a vast selection of second hand, unique, rare and popular books covering almost every possible interest and niche. A quiet place to explore the shelves and find your next written adventure.
12. Flots & Jets
The perfect place to shop for home stylists and treasure hunters. Flots & Jets stock an range of recycled, upcycled and collectable clothing, home decor and decorations for the hard to find gift or picky partner.
13. Yamba River Markets
The town also holds the monthly Yamba River Market in Ford Park, with a great selection of fresh food, handmade accessories and clothing, and other kitschy items. You’ll also see amusement rides, live presentations, and cultural presentations that draw a lot of travelers from abroad and other regions of Australia.
14. Grafton Jacaranda Festival
The world-renowned Jacaranda Festival is held nearby Grafton in late October to early November every year. This is the oldest floral festival still celebrated in Australia and brings the local community together in celebration of the Jacaranda trees, the joy of spring and the heritage and tradition of community carnivals.
15. Maclean Highland Gathering
Grab your kilt and get to Maclean, the ‘Scottish Town in Australia’ a short 15 minutes drive from Yamba. Walk among the clans that invade the town for the Highland Gathering every Easter from around the country and enjoy the piping competitions that take place non-stop at different venues. A parade along the main street of all participating bands takes place on Easter Saturday and is followed by traditional Scottish games and dancing – tossing the Caber and hammer throwing, food stalls and Scottish products await the bands and visitors at the Maclean Showgrounds before a Grand Scottish Concert at the Civic Hall.
16. The Maclean and District Orchid Society
If you love orchids you must visit in September when the Maclean and District Orchid Society (this includes Yamba) holds its annual competition with state judges and a show of some of the best, unique and amazing locally grown orchids.
17. Grafton Show
The annual Grafton Show brings the Clarence Valley community together in showcasing the region’s rural activities and interests. You can enjoy an impressive display of Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Preserves, Floral Art, Pot Plants, Cut Flowers, Home Brew along with sideshows, show rides, food stalls, exhibitions, farm displays, equestrian events, and the Grafton Showgirl Competition.
18. Feast in the Field
This is the Clarence Valley’s annual signature food event in which is held in a unique and intimate farm setting in Yamba’s hinterland in Northern NSW every year. Hosting award winning chefs, it is billed as the best celebration of food in the region and includes foods both local and wild from the land and sea.
19. Plunge Art & Cultural Festival
The Clarence Valley’s Plunge Art & Cultural Festival is organised and run by Council every year to support and showcase the unique cultures and arts of the Clarence Valley throughout March and April. The festival is normally a series of micro events, festivals and shows highlighting local food, art, heritage, culture and everything that brings us together.
20. Yamba, Maclean & Iluka Golf Clubs
Known for its relaxing and friendly atmosphere, complete facilities and golfing equipment, Maclean Golf Club is a prime destination for seniors who want to enjoy outdoor sports and compete with their fellow elderly. Veterans play a medley 18 hole competition on every second Monday of the month, while a nine hold “chook run” operates on Mondays and Tuesdays, for a small entry fee.
Similarly, Yamba Golf & Country Club offers families and group bookings, even competitions, for seniors, veterans, and ladies. For golfing accessories, Adam Causley and Col Saunders at the pro shop will readily assist you.
Iluka Golf Club is likewise nearby and closes at 10 PM. Situated on the Far Coast of NSW, Iluka Golf Club gives the elderly a rewarding experience with its nine-hole “all weather” golf course, poker machines, and billiards. The golf course is surrounded by the majestic blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Clarence River, and National Parks.
21. Yamba Tours & Charters
Yamba Tours and Charters is a family owned and operated local business who conduct tours and local charter services for social clubs, travel and organised groups in and around the Clarence Valley.
22. Clarence River Kayaking
Kayak and boat hire is available for visitors to explore the Clarence River from the nearby Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort. With easy river access via a private riverside beach, private jetty and all the kayak and hire gear you need for a day on the water, it’s the perfect way to explore Yamba from a different perspective.
23. Screen Printing Workshops
Local artist and teacher Malcolm King runs screen printing and art workshops from his King Stuidio gallery in nearby Maclean. Learn the basics of screen printing with the right tools and equipment, coating screens, preparation and printing and walk away with your own piece of Yamba.
24. Grafton Regional Gallery
The Grafton Regional Gallery aims to stimulate, develop and enhance the diverse visual culture of the region through viable, dynamic and relevant exhibition, education and collection programs. It is the largest and oldest gallery in the Clarence Valley and exhibits works from locals and internationally acclaimed artists throughout the year.
25. Local Art Galleries
There are so smaller art galleries and studios scattered throughout the Clarence Valley that you really must spend some time exploring these for truly original local and regional art showcasing the beauty, history and culture of the local area.
26. Macrame Workshops
The fine art and skill of knotting string in patterns known as Macrame can also be experienced through workshops right here at Angourie Resort. Our local Macrame artist can show you how to get started and understand the intricacies of this unique and beautiful skill.
27. Clarence River Ferry Cruise
The passenger ferry service operates between the beautiful Yamba and Iluka on the mouth of the Clarence River each day along with scenic river cruises Wednesday and Friday nearby Harwood Island. The Ferry is also available for hire for private charters, parties and functions while you float down the might Clarence.
28. Yuraygir Coastal Walk
Stretching 65kms along the most undeveloped part of the NSW coastline between Yamba and Coffs Harbour is Yuraygir National Park. And local guides from Yuraygir Walks offer fully supported 1 day, 2 day or 4 day walks for the more adventurous of us who want to see more of nature. These walks are best done during the cooler seasons but day trips can be arranged any time of the year.
29. Aboriginal Cultural Tours
Local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Ron Heron occasionally runs very popular and education Aboriginal Cultural Tours throughout Yamba, Angourie and the surrounding area. Uncle Ron’s tours gives visitors a glimpse into what life was like for the local Aborigines in the area both before and after white settlement. The best way to contact uncle Ron is through Yuraygir Walks who have helped with logistics for recent tours.
30. Sights of Yamba
Explore Yamba on your own time (referred to locally as Yamba Time) and experience the sights, smells and sounds of local life along the coast. Take the Yamba bike path walk along the Clarence River from the Yamba Marina to Turner’s Beach, then walk up the hill to see Yamba Lighthouse. From here you can walk back down Coldstream Street to do some shopping or grab some lunch before driving or riding out to Angourie, Pippi Beach or even upriver to Maclean.
31. Whale Watching Charters
Yamba, Angourie and nearby Brooms Head are all fantastic vantage points for keen whale watchers or dolphin whisperers. But if you want to get up really close and personal you’ll need to head out with Reel Time Charters in Yamba between June and October each year to see the true size and beauty of our lovely whales in the wild.
32. Yamba Hot Rod Run
Every year the small coastal town of Yamba at the mouth of the Clarence River plays host to hot rod enthusiasts from up and down the Australian east coast. Some splendidly restored modern and vintage rods can be seen tootling around Yamba streets, adding an extra layer of colour to the sun and surf.
33. Yamba Spa & Massage
When you’re on holidays you definitely want to relax. Rediscover your senses, rest your mind and breathe freely as you step in our temple of touch and exquisite aromas. Each treatment is designed for maximum therapeutic results and to respect the bodies complex physiology. This is Yamba’s only Day Spa with a steam room, therapy pool and combined relaxation room, and you can also relax on the deck and take in the lush surrounds of the beautiful rainforest. Pamper Day upgrades are also available to include lunch, fruit and cheese platters with a glass of bubbly. Enjoy with a group of friends or take some time to yourself because you deserve it.
34. Sugar Cane Burns & Farm Tours
Sugar cane farming is still a major industry throughout the Clarence Valley and you likely drove past many of our local cane farm on your way here. Some of our local farmers offer farm tours for organised groups, while if you’re visiting Yamba in the cooler seasons you’ll be able to keep your eyes open for glowing red on the horizon and make your way out to watch as farmers burn their cane fields long into the night before harvesting.
35. Harwood Sugar Mill Tour
The Harwood Sugar Mill sits on the banks of the Clarence River between Maclean and Yamba and is the oldest continuously operating Sugar Mill in Australia. The Harwood Mill has been crushing cane since 1874 and it’s possible to organise a site and mill tour if you’ve got an interest in the sweeter things.
36. Prawn Farm Tour
Yamba is famous for it’s King Prawns but did you know we also operate several prawn farms too? Some of our prawn farmers will happily have you around to show you how everything works if you ask nicely.
37. Yamba Cinema
Everyone loves a good movie, and even beautiful Yamba gets the odd rainy day which is the perfect excuse to head into town to our one and only picture theatre. Yamba Cinema also run speciality movie days for pensioners, mothers, families and more with the classics and newest releases.
And you thought Yamba was all sand and salt water?
While Yamba is very popular because of it’s coastal activities and beaches, the quaint shops, surrounding villages and artistic culture do set it apart from many other coastal holiday destinations. Yamba is well received as the ideal holiday and retirement destination for pensioners and the elderly, so many activities are evolving to cater to mature visitors and families.
Whether you plan to taste its offers of unique beer and champagne, speciality food and shops, or experience it’s river and beach side environment, Yamba – the best town in Australia – is the perfect place to unwind and relax.