Country Style - - JOURNEY YAMBA NSW -

GET­TING THERE Yamba is about 300 kilo­me­tres to the south of Bris­bane and 700 kilo­me­tres north of Syd­ney. There are daily flflights to both the Clarence Val­ley air­port near Grafton (about an hour’s drive south-west of Yamba) and to Bal­lina air­port (about 80 min­utes’ drive north of Yamba), and hire cars avail­able at both air­ports. BEST TIME TO VISIT Book your trip as the sum­mer hol­i­days un­wind in late Jan­uary, although the weather is lovely — sittt­ting around 20–25°C — from De­cem­ber right through to April. WHERE TO STAY BEACHThis place SHACKhas the ON best MAIN lo­ca­tion in Yamba. Find a hol­i­day rental on, or close to, Pi­lot Street, over­look­ing Main Beach, with the pub at one end and the light­house at the other. Ocean Street, over­look­ing Con­vent Beach, is an­other op­tion. (02) 6646 2202; yam­baac­com­mo­da­ ac­com­mo­da­tion/59 PATARA COT­TAGE A laid-back beach cottt­tage in a great spot. (02) 6646 2202; rooms/11169416 THE CALYPSO YAMBA HOL­I­DAY PARK This gem is for campers and car­a­van­ers, right on the river and in the heart of the town. Lot 202 Har­bour Street. (02) 6646 8847. WHERE TO EAT BEACH­WOOD CAFÉ Owner Sev­tap Yuce has cre­ated some­thing pretttty spe­cial in her postage stamp-sized Turk­ish café. She uses fresh, lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing prawns straight offff the trawler. All­press cofff­fee ac­com­pa­nies the break­fasts. 22 High Street. (02) 6646 9781; beach­wood­ THE ITAL­IAN ON THE HILL For­merly Os­te­ria Mar­tini, this place has great wood-fi­fired piz­zas. Plus, they do equally ex­cel­lent gluten-free piz­zas. 16 Clarence Street. (02) 6645 8286; theital­ianon­the­ IRONS AND CRAIG An airy café named af­ter the grand­moth­ers of own­ers Antony Per­ring and David Barnier. There is a sunny deck out the front and a gar­den com­plete with chick­ens out the back. Great for break­fast and lunch. They also hold the oc­ca­sional de­gus­ta­tion din­ner. 29 Cold­stream Street. (02) 6646 1258; iron­sand­ UPTOWN YAMBA A hole-in-the­wall at the top of the hill where you can get cofff­fees by day and cock­tails by night. 10 Clarence Street. up­ THE PA­CIFIC HO­TEL Head to the Art Deco pub on top of the hill for drinks with a view, live mu­sic and great food. 18 Pi­lot Street. (02) 6646 2466; paci­fi­fi­ LECHE CAFÉ This is a mod­ern ad­di­tion to the Yamba café scene. It offf­fers great cofff­fee and opens at 6am for the early ris­ers. 27 Cold­stream Street. 0401 471 202. THE MEX­I­CAN Here you’ll fifind mar­gar­i­tas and $5 tacos on Tuesday nights. 2/25 Cold­stream Street. (02) 6646 8259; the­mex­i­ MONA’S KITCHEN Mona’s serves ex­cel­lent Thai food with friendly ser­vice. 5 Yamba Street. (02) 6646 1333. YUM YUM AN­GOURIE CAFÉ AND GEN­ERAL STORE Af­ter a surf, slip offff your wet­suit and wan­der along to this charm­ing café, dat­ing back to the 1970s, for a milk­shake and a fi­fish burger. It also stocks ba­sic sup­plies. 4/17 The Cres­cent, An­gourie. (02) 6646 2467. BARBARESCO For a spe­cial night out, head to Barbaresco’s for Ital­ian food and cock­tails with a ca­sual-chic am­bi­ence. 15 The Cres­cent, An­gourie. (02) 6646 3745 WHATYAMBAThe morn­ing,at Find the mar­ket­them Whit­ing FARMERSfromon TOis Face­bookon Beach7am SEE every MARKETSto car 11am,& Wed­nes­day­for park.DO more in­for­ma­tion and up­dates. YAMBA RIVER MAR­KETS Ex­pect food, craft and arts at Ford Park on the fourth Sun­day of every month. Wooli Street. yam­bariver­mar­ YU­RAY­GIR NA­TIONAL PARK Take a short walk through the park or em­bark on the full 65-kilo­me­tre route from An­gourie to Red Rock, through Brooms Head and San­don Beach, where you can spot dol­phins, whales and sea tur­tles in the clear wa­ters. The full walk takes four to fi­five days. na­tion­al­ AN­GOURIE BLUE AND GREEN POOLS En­joy these deep pools that were for­mer rock quar­ries. (Vis­i­tors should check with Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil if the wa­ter con­di­tions are safe for swim­ming fi­first.) The Cres­cent, An­gourie. ILUKA Catch the ferry to Iluka on the other side of the Clarence River. Walk the Iluka Rain­for­est track (an easy 2.5-kilo­me­tre walk) and then eat at the Mar­ra­cas Boat­shed Café. 2a Charles Street, Iluka. (02) 6646 5212.

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