The town of Yamba is situated at the mouth of the biggest river on the east coast of Australia, the mighty Clarence River, in northern New South Wales.   Yamba has been welcoming holiday-makers since the 1880s, when river boats would bring people from Grafton down-river for special picnic days out.  It’s unspoilt and uncrowded beaches,  many miles of inland waterways and superb fishing opportunities all add to the qualities that encouraged Australian Traveller magazine to name Yamba as “Australia’s Number One Town” in 2009. 

Situated about 60 kms from Grafton where we are staying,  we briefly explored this lovely, upmarket town and enjoyed some of the local seafood for lunch.  There are some wonderful vantage points around Yamba, for stunning views of the many beaches, including Pilot Hill, the site of the lighthouse, originally built in 1879.   We are hoping to return to Yamba and the nearby town of Iluka before we finish this house-sit, when we will have more time to explore the lovely beaches where the Clarence River meets the Pacific Ocean.  Who knows, maybe the Aussies will still be practicing their cricket on the beach then too!

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