Yamba to the Gold Coast!

The Easter School Holidays had us off in the caravan for two weeks.  First stop was Yamba then onto the Gold Coast for a week of fun!  

This was certainly a different trip to what we normally take.  We tend to head west away from busy crowds in school holidays but this time we stayed on the coast with everyone else!!  

We joked about this trip being the “kid’s holiday”.  Why you ask?  That would be because of the two caravan parks we stayed at and the enormous amount of activities on offer for them.   Jumping pillows, water parks, slides, pedal carts, climbing equipment, flying foxes and that was just the start!  I must admit the kids were a little overwhelmed with the amount of things to do… and of course wanted to do everything at once!  The kids had a great time and we got to do a fair bit of relaxing by the pool or water parks!

Yamba

Yamba is a coastal town in northern New South Wales, around 60kms north east of Grafton.  Yamba is situated on the mouth of the Clarence River and has beautiful beaches and a stunning coastline to explore.

WHERE WE STAYED

Big 4 Saltwater was our home for 8 nights.  We had booked this caravan park some months ago and opted for an unpowered riverfront site.  On arrival we were told that due to the torrential rain that had fallen over the last few weeks we were unable to have our original site.  We were given a map with three alternate sites marked and told to go and have a look at which one suited us.  The first was tiny and very boggy and we wouldn’t have fit the caravan on it.  The other two sites already had campers on them.  The only other option left was a makeshift site next to the outdoor cinema.  Turns out that it was actually pretty good, we were not on top of any other campers and right next to a playground and the water park.

This Big 4 certainly caters for the kids.  The highlight for the kids was definitely Salty’s Cove Water Park.  Salty’s is a huge water play area with 4 slides and copious amounts of water falling and spraying from all manner of places.  Two playgrounds with a fly fox, huge climbing frame and oversized sand pit, a pool, volleyball net, pedal carts, jumping pillow, bmx track, outdoor cinema and a kid’s club with many activities were all on offer each day.

Read more about Big 4 Saltwater here!

THINGS TO SEE & DO

The Big 4 stuff – our time in Yamba was a mix of exploring the area and relaxing at the caravan park.  Salty’s Water Park was a huge hit for the kids closely followed by the flying fox fun, pedal carts and the BMX track.

Salty’s Water Park

Pedal Cart Fun!

Nice to have a fire at a caravan park!

Geocaching – there are many opportunities for geocaching in the area and we got to most of them.  One that stood out was the Yamba Coast Walk cache which took us on a stunning coastal walk on Yamba’s beautiful beaches and headlands.  The walk took around 2 hours and we finished off back on the main street for a well deserved ice cream from Yamba Ice Creamery.  Check out our Yamba pics here and see the beautiful coastline for yourself!

Beautiful walk to the top of the headland.

The cache at the end of our walk.

Beach Fishing – each afternoon we spent down at Whiting Beach ….catching Whiting!!  This beach is protected from the southerly winds and a great spot for the kids to play. 

Mini Golf at the Yamba Bowling Club.  It is a gorgeous little putt putt, very well maintained and lots of fun!  Indoors they have a ten pin bowling alley, play equipment and a rock climbing wall. 

Yamba Lighthouse is located at the end of Pilot Street and a popular spot to take in the sights of Yamba’s coastline.

Pacific Hotel is elevated on the headland and provides a stunning view of the ocean.  A must if you are visiting the area.  Perfect spot for Happy Hour 😉

Happy Hour with a gorgeous view!

Pacific Hotel perched on top of the headland!

Yamba Shores Tavern is a gorgeous place for lunch.  The Tavern is situated on the Clarence River and another spot that gives a great view with waterfront seating.  There is a huge playground to keep the kids entertained too!

Lunch on the water!

Maclean which was only a short 10 minutes drive and only a few minutes west of the Pacific Highway.  Maclean is renowed for its Scottish Heritage.  Most of the power poles in Maclean have been painted in tartan patterns and are very distinctive.  We stopped at Maclean Scenic Lookout which provides views of the coast, river and bushland.  Check out more on Maclean here!

Angourie is a small coastal town 5 minutes from Yamba and the Blue Pools were the main attraction.  The stunning coastline of Yamba and surrounds had us wandering around wanting to see what was around the next headland.  Check out more on Angourie here!

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Gold Coast 

Our next week of the trip was spent on the sunny Gold Coast and we were ready for a fun filled time!

WHERE WE STAYED

After a quick 250km up the road we checked into NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park at Biggera Waters. Once again this was a caravan park that catered very well for the kids. Treasure Island is located in a very convenient location on the Gold Coast.  15 minutes to Surfers Paradise and 15 minutes in the other direction and you hit all the theme parks.  For a full wrap up of all things Treasure Island, click here!

THINGS TO SEE & DO

A day in Surfers Paradise!  What’s the Gold Coast without a trip to Surfers Paradise right!? The kids had the obligatory picture under the Surfers Paradise sign and we wandered the streets.  The Australian Street Performers Festival was on the day we were there so we enjoyed watching fire juggling, motorbike stunts, sword swallowing and acrobatics. 

Looking back at Surfers Paradise from The Spit.

Sea World and Movie World were on the list of things to do.  Kids had a great time and had tired little legs by the end of both days. 

Australian Outback Spectacular was just that – SPECTACULAR!!!  Highly recommend this dinner and show to anyone and everyone!  Certainly something that the kids enjoyed as well.  And yes we got to keep the hats 😉 

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Kylie’s Beach

After a fairly busy couple of weeks it was time for two nights of relaxing around the campfire before heading home.  Kylie’s Beach is in Crowdy Bay National Park and around 45 minutes south of Port Macquarie and a bit of a favourite for us!

Kylie’s Beach offers large grassy campsites, pit toilets, cold showers and close access to the beach.  If this looks like your kind of campground have a look here for more information and pictures.

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We had a fabulous time away in the caravan and can’t wait for our next trip!

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