Yamba has the reputation as being one of the premier tourist destinations in NSW. That reputation is deserved. Yamba is now a two town destination. The modern and the old traditional Yamba strip and beach. The new is growing fast, and fortunately the ‘old’ is being managed carefully; i.e. development is controlled.

The first European to visit the area was Matthew Flinders, who stopped by in Yamba Bay for six days in July 1799.

Originally named Shoal Bay and later in 1885, to be renamed Yamba with a population of approx 340. In 1908 the Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club was formed, guesthouses and hotels arose, the region's fishing industry began to expand and sugar cane became an established crop. Riverboats and steamers that plied between Grafton and Sydney were gradually replaced by rail and better road connections and from the 1970s Yamba's appeal as a holiday resort started to impact on the people of both New South Wales and Southern Queensland.

The town economy is strongly based on fishing and tourism, but has a diverse range of influences; due to the 'Sea Change' phenomena and the large amount of baby boomers who are starting to retire to the warmer climates In 2009 Yamba was voted the number 1 town in Australia by Australian Traveller Magazine.

For the most part Yamba has little heritage. The Ocean Hotel is classic 50’s holiday pub.

The Yamba War Memorial is located on a hillside overlooking the sea.The RSL by the Anglican Churchand the Museum near the Bowling Club

The Yamba congregational churches are modern and plain buildings.

The combination of nice beaches, lots of recreational offers and stable climate ensures Yamba’s popularity. Yamba is a recharge type of location so day’s stopover is recommended.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course