There are a number of short, easy walks to do around Yamba itself, highlighting places of interest. However, if you would like to go hiking for a day or half day, there are also a number of options. Brochures with interesting snippets of information as well as maps are provided in The Boathouse.
A favourite with visitors and locals alike, the iconic seawall is a short, flat stroll from The Boathouse. Simply head out through our front garden, onto the paved pedestrian path, and ‘turn right’. You’re (almost) guaranteed to see dolphins, especially at sunset, and depending on the phase of the moon you’ll also be able to watch the prawn trawlers head out for the night.
There are 2 ‘historical walks’ in Yamba. The first is described as “A pleasant 4km, medium-grade walk to view historical sites on Yamba Hill”. The other walk is described as “A pleasant 5km easy-grade walk to view historical sites on Yamba’s flat lands”. Each walk can take up to 2 hours.
A handy brochure including a map is located for your convenience in The Boathouse.
The Angourie walking track is a moderately challenging route linking the Mara Creek Headland in the north with Shelley Headland in the south. This superb coastal hike passes through sections of coastland heath and along the seaward side of a ridge with views of sheltered bays and rocky shoals. Binoculars are handy for spotting birds in the heath, as well as marine creatures – pods of dolphins, schools of sea mullet and bait fish, and migrating whales – often visible from this amazing vantage point. The route takes in a particularly scenic point called Dirrangan lookout.
At Shelley Headland, you can choose to turn back to tackle the 10km return hike of Angourie walking track, or do some fancy car shuffling and make it a one-way trip.
For more information see go to NSW National Parks webpage
The Iluka Rainforest walking track is approximately a 5km return walk, and takes you on an easy stroll through lush rainforest. Perhaps pack a snack/picnic to enjoy when you arrive at Iluka Bluff in Bundjalung National Park, and enjoy stunning views and a swim. The walk starts from the corner of Long and Crown streets in the township of Iluka. You can also start the track from the Iluka Bluff carpark, which is approximately 500m off Iluka Road on an unsealed road, just near the golf course.
For more information see the NSW National Parks webpages