5 Day Yamba Stayput Tour... Charming Towns and Seaside Serenity
Discover the hidden nooks and crannies of the waterways, view the spectacular headlands and beaches and immerse yourself in the nostalgic region of Clarence Valley. Unpack once and enjoy daily sightseeing.
Tuesday 12 October - Saturday 16 October 2021
Brisbane to Yamba
Tue 12 Oct 21 (D)
Welcome to our Yamba Stayput. The coastal town is known for its relaxed locals and beautiful beaches. With mild winters and long summers, Yamba is a perfect escape all year round. Sit back, relax and enjoy the coastal drive south. We arrive in Bangalow, a charming hinterland village to stroll the main street, browse the unique shops and purchase lunch. We continue getting to know our fellow adventurers on our afternoon drive which takes us to Yamba, our home for the next four nights. On arrival we visit the Yamba Lighthouse which offers fine views of the coastline. This evening we have a delicious BBQ dinner at the hotel (lunch at own expense / BBQ dinner at hotel).
Wed 13 Oct 21 (BLD)
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 dinner at the Yamba Bowling & Recreation Club (breakfast in hotel / lunch & dinner included).
Thu 14 Oct 21 (BLD)
Today we visit Grafton, known for its colonial buildings and beautiful Jacaranda trees that line the streets. We step back in time to a bygone era with our visit to Schaeffer House, now home to the Clarence River Historical Society, the oldest historical society in the country. Built from 1901 to 1903, the homestead was built by the son of a pioneer German family, Mr Frederick Schaeffer, who was the town’s first architect. Next, we head to Junction Hill to visit Lanbruk’s Gunyah. Here we’ll be taken on a tour through the Olive grove; see the animals including Alpacas and Dorper sheep in the paddocks and enjoy a delicious homemade lunch. We’ll have the opportunity to browse through the gift shop to admire local handicrafts and, of course, pick up a supply of the organic olive oils produced here. There is even a museum housing the fully restored and still running, 1926 Chevy Utility. We head back to Yamba via Ulmarra where we have free time to browse the shops or marvel at the beautiful old buildings. Tonight, we enjoy dinner at Yamba Golf Club (breakfast at hotel / lunch & dinner included).
Tullymorgan & Myrtle Creek
Fri 15 Oct 21 (BLD)
This morning we head to Maclean, known as the “Scottish town” and noted for its historical buildings. There’s time to browse in the Scottish Corner and perhaps find our clan and tartan! We travel across to Tullymorgan to visit the Glen Ian Ostrich and Emu Farm for BBQ lunch. We are treated to an insight to 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. Next, we visit Aranyani Bison Adventure Tourist Park, where we’ll meet the impressive bison. Our guide will offer demonstrations as we get a unique understanding of the characteristics of this powerful creature. We retrace our steps back to the motel to freshen up before our farewell dinner overlooking the water at the Yamba Shores Tavern (breakfast in hotel / lunch & dinner included).
Yamba to Brisbane
Sat 16 Oct 21 (BL)
This morning, we visit New Italy to enjoy 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 tractor tour and lunch. This 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. After our wonderful visit we continue our journey home. We arrive in Brisbane with newfound friends and fantastic memories of our Yamba Stayput (breakfast at hotel / lunch included).