If beautiful beaches are what you are looking for look no further – Yamba is known as the town of 11 beaches! If you want to check which beaches provide the venue for your holiday activities take a look at these brief descriptions and find further more information from BeachSafe to ensure you pick the right beach for you.
Reputed to be the most sheltered Beach in Yamba, this white sandy location is snuggled below the headland and within the break wall, a still water river beach with little to no waves. Parking, picnic tables, showers and public toilets make for a family friendly beach. Whilst you are there take advantage of the paddle ski hire in the calm waters, but do take care not to stray too far as the river mouth is tidal and this beach is not patrolled. If you are there on a Wednesday morning take a few minutes to tour the local farmers market in the car park near the break wall.
A favourite for swimming and surfing, Turners is also patrolled during the summer peak period. Car parking, toilets and picnic facilities are all available at Turner's Beach and it is only a short stroll to the shops and cafes. Located between the south break wall and the Yamba lighthouse this beach is a popular spot for rock fishing and fishing off the break wall. If fishing is what you are coming to Yamba for, don't forget that we have a selection of waterfront properties with pontoons and jetties for your boat.
Home of the Yamba Surf Lifesaving club, one of the oldest in NSW, this beach is great for all the family. Patrolled on weekends and during school holidays from September to Easter this sheltered beach also has well considered ample car parking, disabled access, and an ocean pool for those who find the surf a little intimidating. Don’t forget to swim between the flags, and following surfing etiquette, especially during the peak holiday periods. The kids will also love to explore the rocks which are filled with tiny fish and crabs. The Main Beach Kiosk is also a great place to enjoy an espresso and a bite to eat overlooking the beach.
Dolphins are regular visitors to the waters off Convent Beach, which is a quiet and unassuming spot tucked between Main Beach and Lovers Point . Originally named McKittrick’s Beach, (after a pioneering businessman) it was renamed to recognise the convent that overlooked it from 1900 to 1910. Whilst sheltered and not prone to high surf, a fair few rocks are scattered in the waters so caution when swimming is advisable. Just a short steps from Craigmore on the Beach you can watch the dolphins play from the Penthouse balcony or just up the street at Namanula 6
Affectionately known to locals as Pippies, this long, white sandy beach offers patrolled sections during the summer months. Nearby facilities include public toilets, picnic benches, children’s playground and outdoor showers making this a very family friendly beach. Take care when the tide and surf are high during a southerly, but when the wind is from the north-west on a warm summer’s day the blue sea and white sand can’t be beaten. The southern end of the beach is a leash free area for dogs, so expect to meet the locals out for their daily walk with their four-legged friends. Beachfront Bliss, Sands unit 16, and Pippi Paradise are all great holiday units overlooking Pippies, whilst the dog lovers can find a pet friendly holiday at Laze Daze just up the road.
Named after a nearby (and long ago reclaimed) rubbish dump, Dump Beach is accessible by either walking south from Pippi, walking north from Angourie’s Green Point, or via a small roadside carpark two-thirds up Angourie Road (keep your eyes open for the turn off). It’s most popular with dog lovers.
South of Pippi beach we find Green Point, accessed off the Angourie road, Though there are no showers or toilets here, there’s modest parking and a beautiful sandstone paver track leading from the carpark to the small platform overlooking Green Point. Green Point is a perfect spot to watch whales swim around the corner from Angourie headland during the migration season
Green Point isn’t really a swimming spot, it’s a shallow reef break beloved by surfers (surfing to the north on south swells) and body-boarders (riding fantastically hollow tubes in the other direction on east or north east swells)
Accessed from the north facing stairs from the Green Point carpark this beach is rocky and not suitable for swimming
Famous with the surfing fraternity! Out off the southern point lies the occasionally fearsome reef/point break known as “Spooks” – a wave of consequence suited to hardened local surf warriors. Inside the bay, Spooky Beach is a picture of tranquillity. Pandanus-strewn shoreline, driftwood, small boulders, and a gentle (most of the time) shore break. Facilities include public toilets, picnic area, and look outs. Just across the road you’ll find a couple of great little cafes and one of our holiday Properties, The Hideaway.
Spookies is also the start point for a great little exploration: you’ll find a little track just off the south side of the beach. leading up towards the point. Follow it around and you’ll come to the Blue Pool. The Blue (and Green) pools were once quarries when mining took place in these parts and they’ve now filled up with ground water
Heading south along the coast you arrive at Angourie Beach, another favourite spot for the surfing crowd. Angourie Beach is a small sandy bay not generally regarded as suitable for swimming, but it always proves to be hugely popular with the serious surfer. Definitely not a surf spot for beginners judging by the presence of a rock shelf nicknamed ‘Life or Death’.
Back Beach Angourie
When the springtime Northerlies blow in south facing Back beach at Angourie turns the cruel northerly to its advantage and is loved for it. Accessed either by walking from the Angourie car park, or driving down the Back Beach road from Wooloweyah, facilities include parking, toilet block and single outdoor shower. A nearby lookout offers a glorious vista overlooking Angourie Point and the sweep of the Back Beach.
Though popular with swimmers in calm conditions, this beach is not patrolled, rips and undertows are common, and the surf can be deceptively powerful.
Located in Yuraygir National Park, the usual prohibitions apply: no camping or overnighting in vehicles, and dogs are not permitted. Good thing that dog friendly beaches are just a few minutes away!