Our first planned trip to Yamba was to occur as part of the Ekka holidays in August 2021 when because of COVID a long weekend was mooted instead of the mid week Wednesday peoples at our annual agricultural show holiday.

The trip was postponed as the New South Wales (NSW) – Queensland border was locked down and the trip had to be cancelled.

Fortunately the folks at the Blue Dolphin Holiday Park kindly agreed to a credit and eventually rebooked for a three night stay in June 2022.

Yamba is about 3.5 hour drive south of our place in Brisbane and the quality of the road improves dramatically as you your cross the border into NSW.

Arriving at Yamba about 4.30 in the afternoon we had a drive around the headland first to see the sites before we parked up and then moved to foot power.

The holiday park is well located on the waterway away from the ocean with a beautiful view to the north. Our site had the luxury of an ensuite shower and toilet and this was a luxury we will choose whenever available – particularly in cooler weather.

The Blue Dolphin is a bit of walk from the township, however. It took us just under half an hour to walk to the main street but we certainly got our steps up with our first full day spent wandering around the shops and eating lunch at a local eatery.

There is pretty much everything you need in Yamba town with 2 bakeries, lots of clothing options and grocery shops. There is also a very well stocked Bike Shop Yamba where we stopped to make some enquiries about electric bikes. The owner really knows his stuff and gave us some great information to think about.

After lunch we walked to the southern breakwater of the river mouth and then returned to the holiday park walking along the water’s edge. At River Street jetty we saw the advertisement for the ferry to Iluka which we agreed would be the plan for day two.

Yamba is a beautiful spot and one of its advantages is that it is a long way from Brisbane and even further away from Sydney so it is not ruined by a large population – yet.

The northern beaches of NSW are stunning.

Yamba water way


Beach at Yamba


Pelicans Yamba waterway