BIG 4 Saltwater Yamba

Dis­cover the quiet beauty of one of Aus­tralia’s best hol­i­days spots at Yamba.

Caravan, Camping and Holiday Parks with Kids - - Contents -

From fish­ing galore to a pirate-themed wa­ter park, Yamba has it all

Built be­hind the head­land at the mouth of the Clarence River, the town of Yamba has been a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for many years. Only 60km north-west of Grafton and home to a ma­rina, a num­ber of fan­tas­tic beaches, cafes and restau­rants, hotels and car­a­van parks, it has a rep­u­ta­tion as a coastal hol­i­day town where you can do as much or as lit­tle as you like.

If you want to start with a bit of adventure head to River­side Ranch, just a few min­utes out of town and the only place to go horse trail rid­ing in Yamba. Own­ers Fred and Chris Welsh are Amer­i­cans who came to Aus­tralia over twenty years ago and never left, fall­ing in love with the Yamba area and the Aus­tralian life­style. Whether you are an ex­pe­ri­enced horse rider or a first timer, Fred will make sure you en­joy your­self, firstly in­tro­duc­ing you to the horses, show­ing you how to groom and feed them, be­fore sad­dling up and lead­ing you around the back pad­dock (for be­gin­ners) or along one of the many trails for ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers. Fred’s love for horses, en­thu­si­asm in in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to the joys of rid­ing, and his wicked sense of hu­mour will have you feel­ing right at home. All of our three kids had huge smiles on their faces dur­ing their ride, with our three year daugh­ter thrilled to be up on a full sized horse.

Af­ter your ride cool off with a visit to the beau­ti­ful Blue Pool at An­gourie. Only a short drive on the other side of Yamba, the pool is a pop­u­lar swim­ming hole cre­ated from the rem­nants of an old Blue­stone mine back in the 1890’s. There is room to re­lax, so be sure to take your swim­mers, a pic­nic blan­ket and packed lunch, and en­joy a cool dip. Also along the same walk­ing track is its sis­ter, the Green Pool, just a few ex­tra min­utes’ walk along the ocean front.

Sit­u­ated on the shores of the Clarence River just a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres out­side of town, BIG4 Saltwater@Yamba is our home for this visit and its’ the per­fect spot for fam­i­lies. Whether you pre­fer to camp in a tent, a camper trailer, hire a pow­ered car­a­van site or step up to one of their deluxe cab­ins, there is some­thing here for ev­ery­one.

We stayed in the new Fig Tree Cabin, which sleep up to five peo­ple in two bed­rooms, (the three kids shar­ing a trio bunk bed) and has a large bath­room, kitchen, din­ing area and com­fort­able lounge. A full length deck out­side with out­door din­ing suite and gas bar­beque is per­fect for re­lax­ing af­ter a long day on the

wa­ter or chas­ing the kids around the park all af­ter­noon.

Kids will love ‘Salty’s Cove’, a pirate themed wa­ter play­ground, com­plete with wa­ter slides, wa­ter can­nons and a gi­ant tip­ping bucket. It is so much fun that you will be lucky to drag the kids out for more than an hour at a time (even lunch breaks took sec­ond place to the wa­ter­park on our trip), be­fore they are back in again. Shaded deck chairs and lounges mean that mum can re­lax and watch the fun from be­hind a good book while she sends dad in to su­per­vise the may­hem.

For those who like to be fully im­mersed in the wa­ter, the park also has an in­ground pool; you could choose to take a dip in the river or Yamba’s beau­ti­ful beaches are only a short drive away. If you are a fish­ing fam­ily, be sure and bring the boat as BIG4 Saltwater has their own boat ramp so you can launch from within a short stroll of your camp­site, or you can just cast off from the river­bank. A huge camp kitchen means you can cook up that days catch and en­joy fresh seafood while the sun goes down over the river.

Sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the main school hol­i­day pe­ri­ods in­clude kids’ disco’s, movie nights and pizza nights of an evening, while ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude time on the gi­ant jump­ing pil­low, swing­ing on the fly­ing fox, laps of the park in the ped­dle cars, bocce tour­na­ments and time on the climb­ing equip­ment in the kids’ play­ground.

At the end of the day, if you don’t feel like cook­ing, take the short drive to Yamba Shores Tav­ern for din­ner. Just make sure you get there early as it is the most pop­u­lar place in town. Mum and dad can sit back and en­joy a cold bev­er­age while the kids run amuck in the huge play­ground un­til din­ner comes out. The ho­tel has re­cently un­der­gone a multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment, so ev­ery­thing look and feels brand new, live mu­sic plays Fri­day and Satur­day nights and the food is su­perb with top menu items in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore chilli prawns, Wooli oys­ters and a fan­tas­tic rib- eye steak.

Af­ter din­ner, head back to the hol­i­day park and set­tle in for a re­lax­ing evening look­ing out over the river while the kids’ crash early, com­pletely tuck­ered out. To­mor­row, you can ei­ther do it all again, or do noth­ing at all, that’s Yamba.

03 Ex­plor­ing the rock pools be­low Yamba light­house 04 Just sur­vived the gi­ant wa­ter bucket 06 Plenty of room to park the car­a­van and stay for a cou­ple of weeks 07 Beau­ti­ful river­side

01 The gi­ant jump­ing pil­low is fun for ev­ery­one 02 Salty’s Cove wa­ter park in Salty’s Cove 05 Ped­dle cars can be boooked in at the hol­i­day park of­fice camp­site com­plete with tyre swing

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08 08 River­side Ranch horse rid­ing with Fred 09 The BLue Pool at An­gourie

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