Main Beach Yamba

Main Beach Yamba

New South Wales, North Coast

Popular with families, due to the beach kiosk, surf club and great rock pool for those looking for a peaceful swim without waves, here you'll also find soft waves breaking over a broad sandbar during small swells.

Wave Type
Right and left peaks break over sand along the length of the beach when the waves are small and the tide is mid to high. The sandbar is normally very broad and flat, making catching whitewater waves fun even during higher tides. When the surf is bigger, the waves do close out here - avoid the rips that normally form at both ends of the beach.

Apart from the sheltered Convent Beach just to the south, the waves are normally smaller here than on the other beaches in Yamba (north swells aside), so if the surf is flat here, check out Turners Beach to the north and if it's still too small there, try Pippi Beach to the south of here for bigger waves.

During big swells, if the waves at all of Yamba Beaches are too big, way down south at Arrawarra Beach or the beaches of Byron Bay will have safer surfing conditions.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to East swells around to Medium South swells.

Rocks, rip currents and marine life.

Have fun surfing Yamba by practicing surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Walk from town, or the car park is located at the southern end of the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled on weekends and during school holidays between September and Easter - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located south of the surf club at the beach car park.

Closest Shops
The kiosk here is a great spot to enjoy a snack or coffee whilst watching the waves, and then there's the iconic Pacific Hotel with commanding views of the coast for a refreshing beverage, hearty meal (plus accommodation). Head to town for more good cafes, restaurants and take aways along with several surf shops if you're after some good surf gear.

Photos of Main Beach Yamba

Main Beach Yamba

Main Beach Yamba
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Main Beach Yamba surf

A steep, fast breaking left sneaks through on the flat sandbar. Beginners are best to surf Main Beach Yamba in the whitewater unless the waves are small and the tide high.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe