7.0 out of 10

Yamba

Ranked 11th best suburb in Mid-North Coast
-29.43553 153.36154
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Eating Out
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Schools
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Small town great place :)"

One of my favorite places in the world. The town, although small, is rife with activities and beaches, and fun things to do. There's a cute little movie theater, wonderful shops, lots of new 'hipster' cafes and restaurants. There's icecream and fudge shops and surf shops galore. Perfect for laid back, beach lovers who dont want to be mixed up with the city mumbo-jumbo. NO CONS THAT IVE EVER SEEN
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"#1 town in Australia? Read on..."

#1 town in Australia according to an Aussie caravan & camping magazine in 2009 Yamba is a small town wanting to stay that way. That's great, but don't think of retiring here if you need any regular medical attention - you'll have to make the regular pilgramage to the Gold Coast or Brisbane like many other residents.
There are 13 different types of sandflies here too - just ask the full-time researcher based in Iluka across the river - not to mention the mossies which will carry you away if you're not careful (no council mossie controls here). Local pharmacists tell horror stories of hordes of hapless tourists trapped at the Calypso Caravan Park et al..
Like gourmet foods? With a small Bi-Lo supermarket (who discontinued most of the antipasto & 'entertaining' foodstuff lines prior to Xmas-what the?) you'll be hard-pressed to purchase most things readily available to residents of the 'big smoke'. You will also get sick of paying a 'premium' on your grocery items - (e.g prices at Coles Grafton are up to $1.10 less for a $10 item than in Yamba and 20-40 cents more for each gorcery item is not uncommon). At only 14 klms from the Pacific Highway you have to ask yourself - WHY???
Fresh fruit & veg in the country? Don't count on it - the fruiterer that has the monopoly on the fruit outlets here & in nearby Maclean purchase mostly seconds from Brisbane Markets and sell them for premium prices. Your option is a 1 1/4 hours drive (each way) to do a fortnightly shop like many locals do at Grafton or Ballina.
TV, phone and internet reception are compromised here regardless of your provider. Mobile coverage? You'll be lucky - stand outside & point to the stars (of which there are many & the skies are mercifully clear, free of planes (nearest regional airports are at Coffs Harbour or Ballina).
Electricity outages are extremely common - on & off maybe 4 times in a 24 hour period on a bad day - just enough to really bugger up your fridge motor etc. (those surge control power boards are a must here!)
Wildlife abounds, yet unfortunately shore-based fishing is a miss-more than hit activity.
Yet rents & housing prices are more in keeping with better serviced parts of east-coast Oz -coast Oz - (maybe trading on the #1 town publicity?)
In reality there are few facilities/infra-structure in Yamba & surrounds with above average unemployment rate & lower income rate than state/national average for this sized town.
You've got to love a town that has no Xmas stamps for Xmas, is the home of the famous Yamba prawn when the local fishermen voluntarily cease fishing weeks earlier each year due to decreasing prawn stocks, where the price of petrol stays the same for months on end regardless of fluctuating prices (so much for buying mid-week) and where authorities assistance is based on who you know rather than what the actual situation is.
And that goes for most residents - don't think you'll be welcomed with open arms by the locals - they are wary of the 'blow-ins' from all over and tend to keep to themselves - regardless of how you throw yourselves into the local community activities. Someone we know waited 2 years to be invited for a meal and then it was us that invited them - and we were (newish) residents!
Nevertheless, should you choose to move here you will undoubtedly be inundated with visitors wanting to experience the #1 town in Australia...until next year that is....
hathy
hathy sounds like Yamba would be better off without you anyway. Go live with your city based prices etc. Mobile reception never any problem and shore based fishing is excellent
2yrs+
Yamba
Yamba I think there is pros & cons in Yamba but you make it sound terrible. I had no problems with Yamba & lived there for three yrs. We bought our first home & still would live there if we didn't have to move due to a family member being ill. I grew up in Sydney & thought I'd never live in the country but if I could I'd be back there in a second. If you go & explore the other stores on offer I don't see why you would miss much in the way of shopping. I feel people who live local should support the local community by shopping local. Why spend the money on petrol driving to Graften or the like when you can take the ease out of shopping & stay local. Invitations to go for dinner is not a problem. It dosen't take long for anyone to become friendly in Yamba. Just take a early morning walk along the Marina Walk & you will end up in a converstaion with another local. Many times my dog walking took me alot longer for the many conversations along the way. If you can't be open & see the beauty in Yamba than maybe your needs would be suited elsewhere.
2yrs+
oliver_klozoff
oliver_klozoff Sounds like Ecuador or Belize, except they're 100 times cheaper!
2yrs+
malachimc
malachimc The Pros of Yamba?... Its natural beauty.. the Cons? stupid idiots that say stuff like this... you sound like a 6 year old dobbing on another kid or sumthing...I lived in Yamba for 5 years and loved it... Just keep to yourself and enjoy the beaty...
2yrs+
patrickm5
patrickm5 Ive been living in Yamba 14 years...and camped on holiday for many years before that ; surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, crabbing, eating out and loving it. The comment above from 'former- resident' can very quickly be seen for what it is...the product of a sad and bitter mind. Just an unhappy person. Some information is very old. There is no Bilo...We have a modern Coles which stocks most things which most gourmands would need. The prices are the same as at Coles in New Farm and the fruit as good. We have excellent doctors. I had a heart attack and died 5 years ago. Maclean hospital...14 mins away by ambulance kept me going. If Maclean Hospital cant do whatever you need, Grafton Hospital is 50 mins away and Lismore Hospital does stents. Ive been to them too for other surgery and wrote a letter to the Minister congratulating them on the quality of service. There are sandflies, but after a short time the body becomes immune and there is no swelling or itching . There are sandflies throughout the world, even in very cold countries. Google it ! There are mossies throughout the world, googlable too ! I can buy petrol cheaper at a servo here than at most servos between Sydney and Brisbane and I use 98 octane. Do some things sometimes annoy some people here? Yes of course...just like anywhere else. Do you want a place to relax, take it easy, very little traffic..traffic jams here are unknown. You can always find a park. Beaches face North ,East, and South, so there is always a sheltered one or a bigger- wave one . How many beaches have we got? I am not too sure, but there are a lot; too many to think about right now !!! After 14 years as well as the camping years , I can assure you Yamba is well worth a visit, and I have travelled the world and can safely say 'Yamba is up there with the best in its class'.
Dec 30, 2016
scobyw
scobyw How can we live in a society with no Xmas stamps!!!?
6 hours ago
emk
emk Yamba also has the best climate in Australia
5 hours ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Our favourite holiday place in all of Australia"

Multiple patrolled beaches both for surfing and relaxing, two cinemas in town plus surf brand shops and designer clothes stores along the main strip. The best frozen yogurt shop ever!
Country clubs, golf courses, swimming pools, pubs and lawn bowl competitions for visiting families. The people are the most friendly and humorous you'll meet anywhere.
Dozens of restaurants, plus the hotel/pub overlooking the main beach and the kiosk literally metres from the sand. We enjoy Yamba every year we visit.
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
emk emk
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Yamba"

The beautiful beachside town of Yamba is now going to be spoilt by the construction of a 115 seat McDonalds restaurant with Drive-Thru at 7 Treelands Drive, Yamba.

4,000 people petitioned and wrote to the local Council saying they were against it but they approved it anyway. What a shame. I hope all visitors to Yamba will continue to support the local cafes and eateries and ignore this ugly American food giant.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
JenniferGraceJ
JenniferGraceJ You left out one word- junk..(ugly American junk food giant).
Apr 20, 2016
kellyw5
kellyw5 It's a great convenience for families on a budget and won't detract from those wanting to go and relax at a restaurant or cafe in Yamba. Looks great and can't wait to go next time we are over there.
Dec 11, 2016
scobyw
scobyw I petitioned to have the McDonalds built
6 hours ago
emk
emk Was hoping Yamba McDonalds had closed down by now .. apparently a lot of Sydney ones have.
5 hours ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great for family with fun at the beaches."

We have family in Yamba and consider moving down there for the beaches and relaxed life style. Drawback is that it is difficult to earn a good income in the area. Local apartments and caravan parks are excellent value and we always have lots of fun down there. Lots of retirees....
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful place to live with the perfect lifestyle balance"

If you love the beach, Yamba is the place for you. Still affordable, Yamba is how small beach towns used to be. On the down side it is not convenient to shops and medical facillities. Still a wonderful place to live, and I am sure in time, Yamba will grow and in time these facilities will be made available
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"A fresh seachange. Great for people who love the outdoors."

Loved Yamba & wish we could continue to live there. We bought our first home & are now renting it out due to family reasions we had to move. Have many beautiful memories there. A great place to live but the only down fall is work. I had a great job & positon but without that role it would of been hard for me to find something as good or challenging. If you have work under control than you are set for a great lifestyle in Yamba. Great for day visits to other local coastal areas that are more populated. It was always nice to visit other areas but it was a good feeling to return home to Yamba.
Being a small town that is so beautiful is really not enough for the general population. It has low job opportunties, this means that you may put up with positions due to the fact you don't have many other job opportunities. The medical facilities can not provide for the growth of the town which means if you are only needing to see a doctor once in a while than it is hard to get in for an appointment. Public transport to other major towns are not the best service & you could do with a regular shuttle bus to the closest air port Graften or even Ballina. Police stop work at a certain time during the night & our closest headquaters is in Graften. You have to way up the pro's & the cons.
The question is would I return to live there one day? Well yes I would like to think I would.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great for a holiday but we also face the day-to-day challenges of a small country town."

I see reviews raving about Yamba are by people who have visited for holidays - I guess it's a case of 'the grass is always greener'?
Reality bit us hard on Saturday night when a large group of noisy party-goers rained bricks and rocks at police officers attending a noise complaint and setting fire to their paddy wagon, causing in the vicinity of $50,000 in vehicular damage. The local officers who attended the initial complaint called re-inforcements from other regional stations & as a result over a dozen people were arrested, both minors and adults (one was 50 years of age).
Sure, every town & city has it's problems, but police presence in Yamba is spread very thinly here. In a region with about 20,000 residents there are only around 12 officers to service it. Living in a fast-growing township where facilities and services are over-stretched by demand for same, average income lower than state average, high unemployment with few work opportunities, coupled with sea-changers moving in from elsewhere to retire with their disposable income & fancy cars demanding modern housing with a water view & all mod-cons all makes for a potential recipe for disaster.
'No alcohol zones' are posted around town but do nothing to stop people walking along residential streets anytime day or night drinking alcohol. Just stand outside the local bottle shop & see how many people come out sucking on a beer and get in their car & drive off with it in one hand. The weekly 'police report' cites mostly charges for DUI, driving without a licence, ignoring curfew or bail conditions and violations of restraining orders. Only time for containment rather than preventative measures. A drug clean-up in Byron area only moved operations south to the Clarence Valley. Our mental health services are virtually non-existant and I agree with another reviewer about lack of medical and specialists help. Many of my older neighbours have been forced to move back to the cities for even basic assistance.
MP Steve Cansdell is currently petitioning for a 24 hour police presence in Yamba, following a recent armed robbery. This cannot come soon enough for most residents and our local constabulary.
In spite of it all, Yamba is blessed by many beaches, much bushland and bountiful birdlife. By all means please visit and enjoy your holiday but be aware we may face more challenges than where you live and this most recent 'incident' is devastating for Australias No.1 towns residents.
yambalover
yambalover For a reviewer who wants a higher police presence, employment opportunities, and health services and facilities in your area, you certainly know how to deter the tourists with their money that would help reach that goal.

P.S. by "birdlife" do you mean the seagulls?
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Small Piece of Paradise"

We have had three years holidaying in Yamba from Sydney and each year gets better. Although it's an 8 hour drive (including stops) it's well worth the effort. If you prefer to fly, Ballina/Byron airport is only 1hr 15min away and both Jetstar and Virgin Blue operate daily services during the summer months and holiday periods.
There are five main beaches in Yamba which offer safe swimming for families with both Main and Pippie beaches having surf life saving patrols during the summer holidays.
Eating out is great, with a variety of excellent restaurants offering a good range of cuisines.
Various cafe's situated in the town centre provide a very pleasant way to rest in between retail therapy expeditions.
Being only a two hour drive from the Gold Coast and three hours from Brisbane, this little town is becoming increasingly popular for holiday makers and retirees alike.
Highly recommended!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Yamba -Perfect destination to holiday or retire."

Yamba is a great tourist destination on the far north coast of NSW. Yamba is seven hours north of Sydney and only three hours south of Brisbane and is situated on the Clarence River. There are some fantastic beaches to suits the surfer or family. Fishing is very popular and good catches are possible from the beach, rocks or boat. Yamba has some great accommodation options including caravan parks and motels as well as guest houses and B& B’s. There is plenty of shopping and some good restaurants. There is a golf course, bowling greens, swimming pool etc plus a cinema, arts and crafts and natural attractions such as whale watching and the nearby National Parks.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees