Fish. Eat. Relax. Surf. Sleep. Repeat. Yes, that was pretty much the plan for our long weekend getaway to Yamba. Located beside the mouth of the Clarence River (about 2.5 hours drive from the Gold Coast), this seaside town with a sublime beach vibe, charming village atmosphere and delish eateries is just what we needed to slow down our pace for a weekend full of relaxation and family time.
Whilst you will find plenty of accommodation options from camping to luxury homes, we played house at The Cove Yamba. Close to everything in this seaside town, our top-floor apartment was spacious and offered breathtaking views. Being self-contained we easily made this our home away from home for a few luxurious days by the sea.
The mornings started slow. We walked for hours, exploring the shoreline and climbing rocks. We found a sweet caffeine x at Irons & Craig on the main street, including yummy sourdough doughnuts and mugs of latte. With more to explore, we browsed the quaint lifestyle shops and kept walking onwards to the Lighthouse to count dolphins from the hills, there were so many!
Afternoons were lazy. We bought Trivia Pursuit at the local op shop so enjoyed challenging our minds (with wine in hand) all whilst enjoying the view. We heard the fishing was a must, so thanks to the local bait shop, we loaded up the kids with a bag of prawns and a fishing rod to try our luck. We got lots of nibbles but no fish – it was a very good test of patience (mainly for hubby!).
Evening views are spectacular from the iconic Pacific Hotel (and the footy was on!) so ‘Happy Hour’ led to dinner and the pace was perfect, with locals crowding the pub as the sun disappeared and the music starting rocking.
Locals say there is one word for Yamba… “perfect”. And we couldn’t agree more.