This popular swimming hole is a haven for daredevil children who leap off the cliffs into the dazzling blue, extremely deep waters; and for picnicking families, too. Blue Pool lies not far from the beach at Angourie, 10 kilometres south of the beautiful town of Yamba (a former #1 town in Australia, as named by AT), and it’s worth the trek – either by foot (you can cool down with a refreshing dip once you arrive) or by car. 69 << Do a 'big things' tour Rambling on a great coastal walk >> 71 Back...
Mike Larder hops tentatively aboard an auto gyrocopter called The Tardis for a thrilling bird’s eye view of the NSW north coast. As a kid, I was terrified of the original Dr Who, the wonderfully cranky William Hartnell. I’d hide beneath a lounge room chair covered in my old quilt blanket, peeking out at our newly purchased 21-inch black and white Astor TV. Tasmanian television in the early ’60s was terrible, so no matter how scary or dreary the show was – test pattern included – I’d watch it. The threat of extermination by the despotic Daleks haunted me for...
Explorer Matthew Flinders first splashed ashore from his trim sloop, Norfolk, in 1799 near Clarence Head, a monolithic heap of rock that shields Yamba from the wilder excesses of the Pacific Ocean, to fix a leak and maybe have one. He’d been despatched from Sydney to find a new Eden, but from his vantage point atop a craggy promontory, now Pilot Head, he blithely dismissed the shoaling, turbulent estuary as dangerous and unworthy of further examination, before sailing away. A shame, really, because he completely missed what he was sent to find; the largest estuarine system on Australia’s east coast,...
Surfing the Coldstream Regular Australian Traveller dynamo writer/photographer Mike Larder is so excited about the upcoming biannual Surfing the Coldstream busk fest to be held in Yamba this October, he just couldn’t contain himself. Here’s a little of what you can expect. If you’ve ever fancied a swift lesson in juggling your balls, swallowing a breadknife or leaping through a hoop of fire, then Yamba – basking in the winter sun of Northern NSW – will be your destination of choice this coming October. This is edgy, seat-of-your-pants live theatre. Yamba will host a festival comprising the cream of...
Lessons in love, floods and the supremacy of nature as the mighty Clarence river in northern NSW breaks her banks. By Tim Baker Locked in our sublime honeymoon bubble, we had no idea what we were driving into as the cane fields, farmhouses and mud-brown river raced by. Sure, it was raining, but no more than we’d become used to in the sub-tropical weirdness of late summer weather on the NSW north coast. We had a pile of videos, wine, turkish bread, goat’s cheese, home-made pesto, smoked salmon, and a few days at Seascape, the quaint, ’50s-style beachfront holiday units in...
Angourie’s Blue Pool was once a rock quarry that ran across a slight problem. When an underground freshwater spring was disturbed it was suddenly transformed into an aquatic haven. Children revel in it for the daredevil opportunities it provides, jumping off the cliffs into the dazzling blue without a care in the world. Ramblers who’ve undertaken the spectacular 10km coastal walk from Angourie think of nothing but the opportunity to melt into the Blue Pool’s revitalising chill after their hike. And the whole area is a Mecca for dyed-in-the-wool surfers as well as a renowned home to some of Australia’s...
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