Yamba will always be my special piece of paradise and the place I love to direct travellers to. The town of 6,000 is situated on some of eastern Australia’s best coastlines. It has 10 beaches, 14 surf breaks, and not one set of traffic lights.
Having moved back to Coffs Harbour in October, I was looking for any reason to get back there for a weekend away. The wait was not long as every November, Yamba hosts a massive Hot Rod weekend. The city centre streets are shut down, as up to a several hundred fully restored customs, show and shine.
I booked to stay at the Yamba Backpackers for the Friday and Saturday, as one day is never enough. Be sure to book the hostel early anytime between October to April, as it is always busy. To find the hostel, you simply follow the main road into town and turn right at the bowling club. Then turn left onto Coldstream St and look for the Block Bar Cafe on the right.
Friday afternoon started with a walk down to Pippies, and a solid two hours in the water attempting to hone my surfing skills. Once back at the hostel, the vibe is very chilled and you are made to feel like one of the family. Dinner for me was a massive burger from the downstairs bar, however, there are lots of options around town. For the budget minded you can try the fish and chips (especially Wato’s down near the caravan park). Other favourites are the chicken nachos from the Chick Inn, just around the corner. If you want something a bit different, the Tavern has regular weekly special or the Osteria Martini pork belly is to die for.
The hostel was full and there was plenty of drinking and fun happening upstairs. One of the best things was the rooftop pool of the hostel. The roof gets closed off at 10pm so we all walked up the hill from the hostel to the pub where they had live music. Once the pub closed at 1am a group of about thirty of us decided it was a great time to head to the beach for a swim. Lots of fun, but maybe just a little crazy. It is also a lot harder to get dry at 2am.
One thing I enjoyed about the hostel is that the car park blocks most noise from the upstairs section. This meant that coming back at the early hours of the morning doesn’t mean you disturb other people.
The next morning was yet again time to hit the beach early at Main Beach where we were greeted by six playful dolphins. By the time we came back, the cars had filled two streets and the cafes were pumping. To make our way around the display took just over an hour and then we watched as the cars proceeded to leave the city centre, in one long procession.
The weekend was a success, although somewhat rushed. Saturday night was a lot quieter with a BBQ and drinks upstairs. Next time in Yamba, I will be heading out to swim the Blue and Green pulls at Angourie and a coast walk out to Shelley Beach.