Yamba is a coastal town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales at the mouth of the Clarence River. 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.Most of Yamba is accessible by walking. From the centre of town it is 40 minutes walk to the furthest parts of Yamba. The hail-and-ride bus service that operates between Grafton and Yamba and vice-versa stops at a number of locations throughout the town.There are a handful of taxis around town but you will almost always have to call to get picked up as they are few and far between. $12-$15 should get you anywhere in town by taxi.A good alternative to a taxi is a limousine (not luxury) and can often work out cheaper than a taxi if you have more than four people.
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