Yamba is a town in NSW well-known for its beautiful beaches. If you’re looking for a vacation that you can spend surfing, sunbathing, swimming or snorkelling on the beach, Yamba is definitely the place to go. From advanced surfers to families with young children, here are some beaches near Yamba that are well worth a visit.
Yamba Main Beach
There’s a reason this is the main beach of Yamba! This is one of Yamba’s best beaches for swimming and surfing alike, which is why it’s become one of the most popular beaches on the north coast. It’s one of two beaches in the bay between Clarence Head and Yamba Point, the other being Turner’s Beach. The main beach is only 250 meters in length, but one of its main selling points is the fact that there’s also an ocean pool, perfect for more insecure swimmers or the days when the waves are too strong. The beach is regularly patrolled during weekends and school holidays so it’s relatively safe, and it’s an excellent place for beginner surfers due to the waves mostly being gentle.
This is arguably the best surfing beach in Yamba, and it attracts surfers from around the world. Angourie Point is actually one of the only protected surfing reserves in Australia. It’s not for the faint of heart, though. The waves are usually strong, which means it’s only for experienced surfers. This beach also isn’t suitable for swimming. The waves are too intense and the beach is too rocky to wade in and out of the water, but it’s ideal for surfing and it’s beautifully located if you’re planning to stay on land and get some sun.
Back Beach Angourie
The waves here aren’t as strong and challenging as at Angourie Point, so intermediate surfers happily crowd to Back Beach Angourie in Yuraygir National Park instead. It’s a very spacious beach with plenty of good waves, depending on the weather. In certain conditions, it’s also a great beach for swimming, though it’s not patrolled, so caution is required. Rips and undertows are common. But the beach has excellent amenities, including toilets, a shower and a nearby lookout where you can watch an incredible view. Dogs aren’t welcome, but there are some dog-friendly beaches nearby.
With its soft waves, Spookies Beach is one of the best Yamba beaches for learning how to surf, and it’s also enjoyed by more intermediate surfers. It’s a popular place with families, so if you’re bringing the kids along, you’re in the perfect place. The water inside the bay is tranquil, while the waves are much more intense at the reef break off the southern point, where only more experienced surfers should venture. The beach also has easy access to the Blue Pool, an old quarry that is now filled with water, only a short walk away from Spookies Beach. There really is nothing spooky about the beach, and it’s one of the most versatile ones you’ll find in Yamba, whether you want to swim or surf.