The first European to visit the area was Matthew Flinders, who stopped by in Yamba Bay for six days in July 1799.
The town economy is strongly based on fishing and tourism, but has a diverse range of influences, due to the 'Sea Change' phenomena and the large amount of baby boomers who are starting to retire to the warmer climates.
At the 2011 census, Yamba had a population of 6,074,but as a popular tourist destination, it can triple its population in the holiday period. In 2009 Yamba was voted the number 1 town in Australia by Australian Traveller Magazine.
Yamba is located 14km east off the Pacific Highway. A Bus station is located adjacent to the river near the highway exit.
A hail-and-ride bus service operates from Grafton to Yamba every hour or so by Busways.
The closest airports are Grafton Airport (1 hour drive south-west), Ballina Airport (80 minutes drive north), Lismore Airport (80 minutes drive north) and Coffs Harbour Airport (90 minutes drive south). These are all regional airports and have limited flights.
Pot Belly Pies, 29 Coldstream St Yamba (across the road from the Backpackers). edit
Blue Salt, Shop 2/15 Clarence Street, Yamba (Just behind the Pacific Hotel), ☎ +61 2 6646 1004. Tues to Sun for lunch and dinner, breakfast weekends. Casual dining with a flair. Fully licensed, a speciality is boutique beer on tap.edit
Soundlounge Cafe, Yamba. Good cafe for breakfast and lunch. Dogs welcomed outside.edit
Pacific Hotel, 18 Pilot Street, Yamba (Top of the hill overlooking Main Beach), ☎ 02 66462466, . Until Midnight. Excellent view overlooking Pacific ocean and has won a heap of awards for it. Recommend going mid to late afternoon to appreciate the view. Has two bars and a bistro. Shutout is 11pm and close is around 12am. Tap beers are around $3.50-$4.50 for a schooner (2012)edit
Yamba Tavern, 64 The Mainbrace, Yamba (Follow the signs from the main road), ☎ 02 66461888, . Until midnight. Renovated in 2011, this Tavern offers a large bar, bistro and restaurant. It runs a free courtesy bus to and from the Tavern throughout Yamba. Well frequented by locals for the cheaper drinks and good food specials especially during the week. The tavern is located on the Clarence River and has excellent views and a large pontoon.edit
Yamba Golf and Country Club, River Street, Yamba (500m walk from centre of town), ☎ 02 66462104, . Closes around midnight. Large bar area with restaurant, pokies, keno and live sports. Drink prices are some of the best in town at $3-$4 per schooner of beer. Offers a free courtesy bus to and from the premis.edit
Yamba Bowling Club, 44 Woolf Street, Yamba (500 metres from town on the main road.), ☎ 02 66462305, . Until midnight. Large club with 3 bars, restaurant, cafe, large auditorium, live sports, betting and Keno. Offers a free courtesy bus around Yamba. Definitely the cheapest drinks in Yamba and frequented by locals early in the night. Has two pool tables and often live bands on weekends.edit
Yamba YHA Backapackers, 26 Coldstream Street Yamba (In the main part of town), ☎ 02 66463997, . Until about 10pm. Newest addition to the Yamba night life. Good atmosphere and pretty good food. Drinks are reasonably prices and always has people there. Closes early for drinks if your not staying there but a good place to drink early in the night.edit