Yamba Seaside Serenity Tour 2024
Discover beautiful waterways, spectacular headlands, unspoilt beaches and ancient World Heritage rainforest as we explore the stunning Northern Rivers region of NSW.
5 Day Tour
Monday 8 April - Friday 12 April 2024
Tour Cost (GST inclusive):
$1,895 per person twin share
$360 single supplement
- Luxury Coach Travel in our Business Class Coach
- Guided town tour of Yamba
- Guided tour and morning tea at Yamba Museum
- Crossing from Yamba to Iluka with Clarence River Ferries
- Guided tour of Grafton
- Entry and morning tea at Schaeffer House
- Entry to Grafton Regional Gallery
- Entry, talk and High Tea at Summerland House Farm
- 5 nights accommodation
- 4 cooked breakfasts, 4 two course dinners, 4 lunches
Day 1: (D)
Brisbane to Yamba
Mon 8 Apr 24
Welcome to our tour featuring Yamba and the spectacular northern rivers region. The coastal town is known for its relaxed locals and beautiful beaches. With mild winters and long summers, Yamba is the perfect escape all year round. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque drive as we travel through the Scenic Rim region via Beaudesert. Driving on towards the charming country town of Kyogle, it is clear to see that cattle grazing, dairy farming and forestry are the primary industries in this area. We stop in Casino for our lunch break (own expense) before travelling through scenic Summerland Way and arriving in Yamba, our home for the next four nights. This evening we enjoy a delicious dinner at Yamba Bowling & Recreation Club.
Day 2: (BLD)
Tue 9 Apr 24
This morning we explore Yamba with a local expert, visiting the Yamba Lighthouse which offers fine views of the coastline before arriving at 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 taking a short ferry ride on the scenic Clarence River to Iluka – a beautiful coastal town close to one of Australia’s rarest and most accessible rainforest remnants. After lunch in Iluka, we have free time to explore the town before returning to Yamba for dinner at Yamba Golf & Country Club.
Day 3: (BLD)
Wed 10 Apr 24
Today we visit Grafton, known for its colonial buildings and beautiful Jacaranda trees that line the streets. After a town tour with a local guide, 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. Lunch is at Vines at 139 before time to wander the Grafton Regional Gallery, which is a source of community inspiration, delivering a vibrant and innovative program of exhibitions. We head back to Yamba via Ulmarra where we have free time to browse the shops or marvel at the beautiful old buildings.
Day 4: (BLD)
Thu 11 Apr 24
This morning we travel to Maclean, known as “the Scottish Town”. Maclean is noted for its 200 telegraph poles painted with various Scottish clan tartans. There’s time to browse in the Scottish Corner and perhaps find your clan and tartan! Here you may like to purchase a cuppa at a local café or visit the Maclean Stone Cottage and Bicentennial Museum. Next, we have time to browse the Ferry Park Gallery, which showcases many local works before we take a scenic drive up the Gwydir Highway, to visit Dandahra Picnic Area, situated on the doorstep of the iconic Gibraltar Range and Washpool World Heritage Area. It is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch in this peaceful bushland setting. We return to Yamba where our farewell dinner will be at Yamba Shores Tavern.
Day 5: (BL)
Yamba to Brisbane
Fri 12 Apr 24
Departing Yamba today, we stop at Evans Head to stretch our legs. Then we make our way to Alstonville to visit the Summerland Farm. 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. After some time to enjoy the farm, we enjoy a taste of the region with our delicious high tea. Enjoy a three-tier stand adorned with a selection of homemade treats, featuring farm fresh produce and house made preserves and of course sip on your choice of locally sourced loose-leaf tea. From here we continue home, arriving late afternoon from a wonderful tour.