Ballina and Yamba... Charming Towns and Seaside Serenity
Discover the relaxed seaside destinations of Ballina and Yamba. The region features fantastic coastal scenery, amazing local produce and an intriguing history.
4 Day Tour
Monday 10 October - Thursday 13 Ocotber 2022
Tour Cost (GST inclusive):
$1,380 per person twin share
$195 single supplement
- Guided tractor tour, tastings, and lunch at Tropical Fruit World
- Entry to Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
- Guided tour at Australian Seabird Rescue
- Demonstration and lunch at Aranyani Bison Adventure Tourist Park
- Guided tour at Glen Ian Ostrich & Emu Farm
- Guided town tour of Yamba
- Guided tour and morning tea at Yamba Museum
- Lunch cruise with Clarence River Ferries
- Entry to Historic New Italy Museum
- Guided tour and lunch at Summerland House Farm
Day 1: (LD)
Brisbane to Ballina
Mon 10 Oct 22
Welcome to our tour featuring Ballina and Yamba. Be greeted with a smile as we join our friendly crew and travellers for our 4-day tour. Our first stop is at Tropical Fruit World where we are introduced to the home of the largest range of tropical and rare fruit in the world! The plantation is situated on the rim of the largest extinct volcano in the Southern Hemisphere and offers breathtaking views over the Tweed Valley and McPherson Ranges. Travelling by tractor train throughout the orchards, we learn about and taste the exotic, unusual and delicious fruit varieties grown on the family farm. Continuing south, we arrive in Ballina, our home for the night. Our final visit today is at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum which houses extensive and interesting displays including the local port history, a tribute to women in the Navy, a working triple expansion steam engine and is home to the Las Balsas Raft. We check into our motel before our in-house welcome dinner.
Lunch at Tropical Fruit World | Dinner at accommodation
Day 2 : (BLD)
Ballina to Yamba
Tue 11 Oct 22
This morning we discover the Australian Seabird Rescue. Originally focusing on injured pelicans, the centre is also dedicated to rescuing sick and injured sea turtles. See these incredible animals with a trained volunteer as we are guided through the centre. Saying goodbye to Ballina, we make our way to Myrtle Creek to visit a working American Bison ranch – Aranyani Bison Tourist Park. The park offers a unique experience of being able to get up close and personal with a bison with a feeding demonstration and talk. We also enjoy lunch here. This afternoon we travel to Tullymorgan to visit the Glen Ian Ostrich and Emu Farm. Here we gain a fascinating insight into these giant birds, in addition to the incubation process and chicks. The farm is also home to alpacas and goats, not to mention numerous other bird varieties. We continue to Yamba where we enjoy dinner overlooking the water at the Yamba Shores Tavern.
Breakfast at accommodation | Lunch at Aranyani Bison Tourist Park | Dinner at Yamba Shore Tavern
Day 3: (BLD)
Local Yamba Touring
Wed 12 Oct 22
This morning we explore Yamba with a local expert before visiting the award-winning Yamba Museum, uncovering the town’s rich and diverse history. Wander through the school room display depicting the historical record of public education and access the ‘Old Kirk’, the adjoining church and view the current exhibition. We enjoy morning tea here before embarking on a luncheon cruise on the scenic Clarence River. We have free time this afternoon to explore the town before our farewell dinner at Yamba Golf Club.
Breakfast at accommodation | Luncheon Cruise | Dinner at Yamba Golf Club
Day 4: (BL)
Yamba to Brisbane
Thu 13 Oct 22
This morning we visit New Italy to enjoy our morning tea and wander the unique museum dedicated to the legacy of Italian pioneer families. On our journey home we visit Summerland House Farm for a tour and lunch. The beautiful macadamia and avocado farm set high on the hills of the Alstonville plateau is a House with No Steps business enterprise which provides training and employment opportunities to people with disabilities. This afternoon we arrive home with wonderful memories from our time in Ballina and Yamba.
Breakfast at accommodation | Lunch at Summerland House Farm