The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Wonderful NSW coastal town

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

 Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast has a population of just over 6,000, which tends to triple in the holiday season. The economy is based on tourism & fishing. Yamba  was my 2nd stop after leaving Surfers Paradise where I had spent a week catching up with friends.

Mathew Flinders was the first European to visit Yamba Bay in July 1799. 

If you live in Yamba you gotta have a boat.

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

The fishing is wonderful all along the NSW Coast.

If you don’t have a boat…

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Go to one of the seafood restaurants along the Clarence River.

Or buy fresh seafood here

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Then sit in the park close by and enjoy it. 🙂

Or perhaps here

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

I really love those Sydney Rock oysters (double this price in Sydney) plus the fabulous prawns.

Here is the place to eat

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

A nice park overlooking the water is the perfect spot to polish off your prawns & oysters.

You can watch the waves rolling in

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast


The surf was fairly rough today on March 10th 2017.

Beautiful deserted beach

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Not quite deserted, I can see one person. 🙂

Moby Dick Motel

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

A good location on the waterfront, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK. 

 Coffee or a tattoo?

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Why not do both? 🙂

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

Yamba certainly has a nice friendly feel about it. 

 Another waterfront motel

Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast

You may like to compare room rates to the Moby Dick motel, just use THIS LINK for a great room rate.

Thanks for visiting my Yamba Clarence River NSW Coast photo blog. Next stop is Port Macquarie, check out the painted rock art by the river.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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