We come to Yamba (http://www.yambansw.com.au/main.html) atleast once a year for a week long beach holiday. It is a great family destination, and all our kids (2, 7 and 10 years old) love visiting.
There are daily flights from Sydney to Ballina and Gold Coast. We normally fly to Ballina on JetStar and then rent a car. We once flew into the Gold Coast and drove from there, however it is a much longer drive. The flight times to Ballina are quite good as well as you could depart Sydney at lunch time and be in Yamba by dinner. On the way back, you could do the same, and have lunch in Yamba, drive to Ballina and be back in Sydney by dinner time. It should be noted that there is NO public transport in Yamba, so if you don’t have a car, you must be prepared to walk. Having said that, if you stay anywhere near Main, Turner or Pippy’s beach you can easily walk to town (15 min walk max) – however it is quite hilly so it could be hard for little kids.
As mentioned earlier, during the school holidays most of the accommodation is weekly rentals. Every real estate agent has their own website with a complete listing. Most units don’t provide linen, however it can be rented locally. During school holidays and especially Christmas, every rental property gets booked out – so get in early. Moreover, every property is “cleaned” between 10 and 2 on Saturday, so the quality of the clean is very superficial. Outside of school holidays you can get the holiday rentals for only a few days if required.
A list of all my TripAdvisor reviews for Yamba can be found at http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/members-citypage/DaddyBlogger1/g529051.
For Coffee and Breakfast, I would recommend the following
1. Irons and Craig on Cold Stream St – limited menu but freshly prepared, good food at a reasonable price. Lots of room for pram storage and high chairs available. They also have an outdoor seating area in the front and out the back.
2. A new cafe (with no name) next to the Plank Shop on Clarence Street. This place has the best coffee in Yamba – we were addicted and visited every morning. The cafe is small with a very limited menu. There is only one shared table indoors and high chairs facing out from the front window. There are no high chairs. There is some seating outdoors and, since the street is not very busy, we sat outside with the kids and let them run around.
3. Caperberry on Coldstream St. A Yamba institution, however it is very cramped and on a major intersection (as major as you get in Yamba). Not much room for kids, however they do have high chairs and a standard breakfast menu.
1. Sol Cantina on Coldstream St. Normal mexican fare with outdoor seating. Good food, quick service and not too spicy.
2. The Tavern: The only place in Yamba that has a kids play area alongside the restaurant. Bistro style food with normal kids menu The play area is shaded and you can watch the kids from all tables.
Things to Do
1. Movies: Yamba Cinemas – all shows all day $8. Small theatre but has the latest releases.
2. Surfing Lesson: Jeremy (+61 405 388 581) runs group or individual surfing lessons on most week days at Turners Beach. He is best contacted by text on his mobile.
3. Skate Park at the end of Coldstream street. Has ramps of various heights and complexity for varying skill levels. There is also a little playground with slides around the back for little kids.
4. Library across from the Bowling Club. Has a huge selection of kids books and activities.
Enjoy your visit.