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12 things to do in Yamba with kids

Yamba, a relaxed beachside town, located on the banks of the Clarence River on the NSW North Coast, abounds with fun for families. Here are a few things to do in Yamba with kids for your itinerary.

1. Hit the beach in Yamba

A mother and son at Red Cliff Beach in Yuraygir National Park. Image Destination NSW
A mother and son at Red Cliff Beach in Yuraygir National Park. Image: Destination NSW

Yamba’s beaches are beautiful. Main Beach has an ocean pool at its southern end, while Turner’s Beach (between the South Break Wall and the lighthouse) and Pippi Beach are worth checking out. A bit further south, watch surfers in action at Angourie Beach, or go beach combing at Red Cliff Beach in Yuraygir National Park.

2. Learn to surf at Yamba-Angourie Surf School

An aerial view of Yamba Ocean Pool. Image My Clarence Valley
An aerial view of Yamba Ocean Pool. Image: My Clarence Valley

Learn to surf with a school founded by three-time Australian surfing champion Jeremy Walters, at Yamba-Angourie Surf School. It offers both group and private lessons, as does Surf Camp Down Under.

3. Whale watching cruise

Yamba Whale Watch Adventures. Image Destination NSW
Yamba Whale Watch Adventures. Image: Destination NSW

Book a whale-watching cruise to see giant humpbacks passing by during their annual migration. Fishing Yamba operates two whale-watching cruises per day from early June until late October, weather permitting. They depart from Yamba Marina on weekdays and Yamba Shores Tavern, on The Mainbrace, on weekends.

4. Kayaking at Clarence River

4. Kayaking at Clarence River
Explore the area with Yamba Kayak

One of our favourite things to do in Yamba with kids is explore the islands, mangrove bays and beaches inside the mouth of the Clarence River with Yamba Kayak. Keep an eye out for dolphins, sea eagles and other birdlife. No experience is necessary, but children must be at least six. You can also do a sunset tour or a full moon paddle once a month on or near, a full moon.

5. Yamba Icecreamery

Holidays and ice cream go hand in hand, so make sure you pop into Yamba Icecreamery on Coldstream Street during your visit. It makes Italian-style gelato, ice cream, sorbet and ice cream cakes. Dairy and gluten-free options are also available.

6. Yamba Bowlo Leisure Centre

Indoor rock climbing
Indoor rock climbing at Yamba Leisure Centre

Yamba Bowling Club has a range of activities to keep the littlies entertained, including a state-of-the-art four-lane ten-pin bowling alley, an 18-hole mini golf course with sand bunkers and water traps, an indoor rock climbing wall, arcade games and a soft play area with mazes, slides and padded obstacles.

7. Kids’ art workshop at Yamba Artspace Gallery

Kids’ art workshop
Yamba Art Space Gallery

Need creative things to do in Yamba? This gallery offers art workshops for children of all ages during school holidays. Its programs aim to introduce new art materials and methods to students, encouraging creative expression in a fun way.

8. Scenic cruise with Clarence River Ferries

Take a scenic river cruise on the Clarence River. Cruises are offered every Wednesday, with a live music cruise on Sunday. Both are approximately a 30km round trip.

9. Ride bikes

Hire a bike from Bike Shop Yamba to explore the town. Ride along the Ford Park Cycleway beside the river along to Whiting Beach and Turners Beach. You can also take your bikes on the ferry to Iluka on the northern side of the river for a great day trip or follow the cycleway south to Angourie Point and check out the blue and green pools en route.

10. Historical walk

Follow in the footsteps of explorer Matthew Flinders as you walk around Yamba, visiting landmarks including Flinders Well, Yamba Lighthouse, and the Yamba Historical Museum. Two self-guided walking tours are available, starting and ending at the museum, next to the Yamba Golf and Country Club. The 4km Up Down and All Around walk takes you to the historical sites on Yamba Hill, while the easy 5km Sea Level Stroll covers the flatlands. Pick up a copy of the Yamba Historical Walks guide from the museum before you leave, or scan a QR code or DCM code from the museum postcards to access historical photos and information.

11. Fishing

Drop a line with Yamba fishing and charters
Drop a line with Yamba fishing and charters

There are loads of great spots for beach, river and rock fishing throughout Yamba, with flathead, jewfish (mulloway), bream, snapper and tailor among the main catches. Or book a deep sea fishing tour with Yamba Fishing and Charters or Reel Time Fishing Charters.

12. Yamba Fudge

Indulge in everything from fresh fudge to retro lollies, UK bon bons and Dutch liquorice at Yamba Fudge, located on Yamba Street. It also sells gifts, such as NRL beanies and scarves.

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