Here in Australia, we’re truly blessed to have some of the most spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches in the world. You may have noticed a slight hint of the coastal and beach them in my daily Facebook and Instagram posts ๐Ÿ™‚

Last week, my family and I had the pleasure of taking some time out at the beach. It was the final week of school holidays, and I had only managed to take a couple of days off over Christmas, so I organised for the four of us to spend a little time together at Yamba. As our daughter commences her final year of school, we thought it may be the last opportunity for a family holiday. I amused my daughter with stories of the week my friends and I spent in a house near the Pacific Hotel just after we finished school. There was no official “schoolies week” then, but we sure made our own fun!

I spent a lot of time at Yamba and nearby Angourie as a teenager. Once we all got our driver’s licences, we were off down to the coast every Sunday. We’d lay in the sun on the beach until it got too hot, then jump into the surf to cool off. Being fair-skinned, I would burn and peel every time, but I still tried to get a lovely tan like my olive-skinned friends. This is possibly the period where I did the majority of the damage to my skin, which I’m now paying for with multiple excisions and dozens of stitches which come with the regular removal of skin cancers. But I digress…

I still love the beach and being near the ocean. It somehow soothes the soul and makes you forget about everything you left at home. The sea air is fresh and seems to relax you and help you sleep better.

During our time away, we visited the beach early in the morning and later in the afternoon, managing to avoid sunburn, which was a bonus. We watched a few movies in the unit and played board games together. I enjoyed a bit of a “digital detox” as technology had been dominating my days. Amazingly, the teens put their phones down for an extended period of time! Even though it was only had a short break, it was lovely to get away together and something hubby and I have committed to doing on a more regular basis, with or without the kids, as they also have work commitments.

Following are a few snaps from our trip, so you too can enjoy a taste of Yamba and its beautiful beaches :).

Let’s escape to the beach!

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Yamba Surf Club, which dates back to 1908, dominates Main Beach, with the Pacific Hotel on the top of the hill

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Overlooking Main Beach

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Yamba Lighthouse

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Early morning at the ocean pool on Main Beach. We watched the Council workers pump the water out of the pool, clean it and later in the day, pump fresh water back into the pool. Good to know nature has a helping hand!

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Sunrise over Main Beach

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Spotted a few of these nasty little critters – blue bottles – on Convent Beach early one morning. You don’t want one wrapped around you in the surf!

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Early morning on the pathway to Pippi Beach

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Sunrise over Convent Beach

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We ventured to nearby Angourie to find the usually pristine Blue Pools had turned green with algae. We opted not to swim there.

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The rock pools nearby looked clearer

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Angourie Point from the lookout above

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We checked out the information on the Yuraygir National Park Coastal Walk. Maybe next time?

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Spooky Beach at Angourie, where I spent many days as a teenager

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I even managed a night off from cooking with a visit to the Pacific Hotel for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

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The salmon with green beans and a Thai sauce was really delicious … AND I didn’t have to cook it! #winning

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Snapshot overlooking the rocks on the headland between Main Beach and Turners Beach on our morning walk the next day

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Sunrise over Turners Beach, north of Main Beach

Our morning walk led us around to the boat harbour, where there was no shortage of tinnies

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Yamba Boat Harbour

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We stayed at The Cove Apartments, situated right above Main Beach. It was a great location and we would highly recommend The Cove as an ideal base for exploring Yamba

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The Southern Cross flying over Pippi Beach as the sun rises behind it on Australia Day

I hope you enjoyed a virtual beach holiday via this post ๐Ÿ™‚

Where is your favourite place to go for a relaxing holiday? When was the last time you took a holiday? Let me know in the comments below.

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