Whether it’s holidaying in Queensland or vacationing in Europe nothing beats a lowkey holiday close to home which is exactly what Sydneysiders are always looking for a new, under-the-radar beach destination to escape the Bondi crowds or the northern beaches traffic.
In recent years locals have been quietly flocking to the NSW north coast – a mere stones throw from our doorstep, offering year long swimming conditions, quant village charm and 70s prices.
Famous for world-class surf breaks, beautiful beaches and succulent prawns, Yamba is a popular destination in the northern rivers region on the NSW north coast and increasingly drawing crowds from Sydney. Yamba has fast become the go-to holiday destination for couples and families looking for a lowkey holiday that offers a Byron Bay vibe at a fraction of the cost.
“It’s everything Byron wants to be… lovely cafes, cool restaurants, amazing beaches, great pub with ocean views and laidback vibes,” says Rozelle local, Lisa. “It’s got a real 70s Aussie surf vibe with all the important bits for a modern holiday like decent coffee. But without the wankerville you get with Byron and Bondi,” she adds.
“With the winters mild and the summers long, Yamba is a perfect escape all year,” echoes Darlinghurst local, Rachelle who has been holidaying in Yamba for over a decade. “It’s a quieter, more relaxed alternative to Noosa or Port Douglas which is why we started holidaying here, now our kids are old enough they’re holidaying with friends here.”
The town is home to one of oldest surf lifesaving clubs and boasts a stunning ocean pool. The iconic Pacific Hotel, built in 1934, sits above the main beach, where you can spot whales and dolphins while enjoying a cool drink and take in the views.
The region is home to protected National Surfing Reserve in NSW at Angourie, and also offers excellent fishing, boating and swimming along the Clarence River. Yamba is even drawing TV personality, this summer Karl Stefanovic and new bride Jasmine Yarbrough holidayed with friends Jack Bedwani and Rae Temily, far from the prying eyes of Sydney paparazzi. Designer and OneTeaspoon owner, Jamie Blakey from Sydney’s Northern Beaches has been holidaying in the quaint coastal town for several years and even owns a beach shack cum Airbnb that her family and friends who love to utilize year round. “Our family love Yambra, it’s like a little piece of Avalon without the hustle and bustle of Sydney.”