19 Super Fun Kids Activities in Yamba NSW

Yamba is the ultimate family holiday destination due to it’s laid back attitude, outdoor lifestyle, and plenty of activities for the kids.

So whether you’re visiting Yamba during the school holidays, with toddlers or teens, here’s our top pick of activities for kids in and around Yamba to keep your little ones occupied.



Table of Contents

  1. Learn to Surf
  2. Water Park
  3. Air Cushion
  4. Playgrounds
  5. Fishing
  6. Swimming
  7. Exploring Rock Pools
  8. Skate Park
  9. Go To The Movies
  10. Tenpin Bowling
  11. Mini Golf
  12. Kayaking
  13. Ice Cream
  14. Bike Riding & Go Karts
  15. Lolly Shop
  16. Indoor Rock Wall
  17. Lego
  18. RC Cars & Planes
  19. Art Workshops


1. Learn to Surf

Kids, teens and parents will all have a blast learning to surf with Australian Champion and local surfer Jeremy Walters who runs the Yamba-Angourie Surf School.

Suitable for all ages and catering absolute beginners to average or more experienced surfers, this is the perfect family activity to take advantage of the sun and surf in beautiful Yamba.

Learn to Surf


2. Water Park

You’d be missing out if you didn’t have a splash in Yamba, but sometimes the beach can be rough or you might be looking for something a little different.

The Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort is home to the best water park, water slides and pools in Yamba and the kids will enjoy a day of quality summer fun while you relax by the poolside or have a dip yourself and join in the fun.

Visit Yamba’s Water Park


3. Air Cushion

If you’ve got younger ones who need to get their energy out and enjoy something different, the large jumping air cushion at the Blue Dolphin is located right next a park and BBQ area.

Sit back and relax while the kids jump around and wear themselves out.

Get Jumping


4. Playgrounds

For more traditional family fun time, there are several fantastic playgrounds and parks around Yamba which all offer something a little different.

Lions Park is located in the middle of town and is a heavily shaded play area with slides, bridges, climbing and more conveniently located next to the skate park to occupy the older kids and with toilets and seating nearby.

Pippi Beach Park is on the headland at the northern end of Pippi Beach with plenty of parking and ocean views. This park includes swings, a slide, fort and climbing equipment but doesn’t have toilets close by.

Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort has their own park for visitors and day guests which includes multiple slides, rings, climbing and the large jumping pillow mentioned above with fantastic toilet ad BBQ facilities right next door.

The Yamba Shores Tavern is a favourite food spot in town but also has a large partly shaded playground which includes swings, slides, climbing and bridges in easy view of your table while the adults enjoy a great lunch or dinner.


5. Fishing

Yamba is considered a coastal fishing gem spoilt for choice with river, rock or beach fishing in every direction.

With the kids, an easy and exciting time fishing a gentle beach or off the banks of the Clarence River could give them the thrill of their very first fish!

Whiting Beach is a popular fishing and family friendly swimming beach, or the various jetty’s along Yamba’s river are great places to start.

For more Yamba fishing spots be sure to see our ultimate Yamba fishing guide.


6. Swimming

A summer spent swimming at the beach is a childhood memory for many of us, and Yamba can fill that need with ease.

Main Beach is a popular swimming and surfing beach for families and kids which is regularly patrolled and has a nearby cafe, toilets and showers in a very protected spot. There is also an ocean pool at the southern end if the surf is a bit rough for the little ones.

Just around the corners is Turner’s Beach, another popular and regularly patrolled beach with toilet and shower facilities nearby. Turner’s can be a little more exposed and is also a popular surfing spot.

Right next to Turner’s Beach is the best spot for young kids known as Whiting Beach which is a very protected river beach with no swell thanks to being located behind the break wall at Yamba. This spot is very calm and easy to get to with parking just metres away but is not patrolled so keep an eye on the little ones.

Finally there’s the swimming pools at the Blue Dolphin and the Yamba Community Heated Pool in town if you’re after something a little different and don’t want to get stuck cleaning up sand all holidays.


7. Exploring Rock Pools

Rock pools are a brilliant place for kids to discover sea creatures, shells, shapes and colours of the ocean.

Turner’s Beach, Pippi Beach and Main Beach in Yamba all have areas with rocky shores that are the perfect place for kids to explore and discover what lies under the waves.


8. Skate Park

Yamba’s Skate Park is great for kids of all ages from toddlers to teens and is located near Lions Park with toilets, seating, parking and sports fields nearby just a few minutes walk down the main street.

Fitted with a fun mini ramp section with extension, good street area with ledges and rails, there are ramps to suit kids of all levels and ages.

Visit Yamba Skate Park


9. Go To The Movies

Photo by Jess Robertson

Take the kids out for movie at Yamba Cinema and catch the latest kids and family films without spending a furtune.

There’s plenty at the snack bar and two locations so you can pick the best time to suit your day.

Visit Yamba Cinema


10. Tenpin Bowling

Catering for all ages, kids can have just as much fun as teens and adults some classic tenpin bowling.

With two lanes, and a play area, arcade games and restaurant the Yamba Bowling Club is well set up for some indoor fun with the family.

It is also the perfect way to escape the weather on a rainy or exceptionally hot day!

Tenpin Bowling in Yamba


11. Mini Golf

Pick a putt and enjoy some laughs with a family friendly game of mini golf. Whether you keep score or not, mini golf is lots of fun for the little ones, and us bigger kids too.

If your child is old enough to hit a ball with a putter, they are old enough to play mini golf at the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort’s new 18 hole mini golf course.

Mini Golf in Yamba


12. Kayaking

Get out on the water with the kids and enjoy a gentle paddle with Yamba Kayak.

You can hire what you need or arrange a guided tour and this might be an activity when the kids get to relax and enjoy the ride, ideal for ages 7 and older.

There is also kayak hire available at the hire shack for guests of the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort.

Kayaking in Yamba


13. Ice Cream

What’s summer without ice cream!?

Yamba Icecreamery is right in town along the main street, so it’s super easy to stop by on your way to the beach or the park.

Made in store there’s a great range of traditional and new flavours the kids will love (and you will too)!

Icecream in Yamba


14. Bike Riding & Go Karts

Let the kids jump on their bike or hire a go kart at the Blue Dolphin Resort and they can explore the park while you relax in the restaurant or by the pool.

There’s also bike hire available in town at Xtreme Cycle and Skate for the whole family where you can ride together along the many bike paths along the river and around Yamba’s beaches for a relaxing afternoon.

The bike path runs right past the Blue Dolphin if you’re staying in town and continues into town and out to Turner’s Beach and along the break wall for watching dolphins and ocean views.

Bike & Go Kart Hire in Yamba


15. Lolly Shop

Yamba’s famous fudge and lolly shop is a popular spot for children and adults with a sweet tooth to control.

With a wide range of specialty, vintage and all time favourite lollies, fudge, and chocolate this is a must visit at least once.

Shop at Yamba Fudge


16. Indoor Rock Wall

The indoor climbing wall at the Yamba Bowling Club is a great activity for the more adventurous children and teens who want to test their climbing skills.

These walls are not too high so they don’t require harnesses like larger climbing gyms, and there’s a soft padded floor for gentle landings.

You can sit back with a coffee or lunch and watch the kids have fun  while the younger ones enjoy the arcade or indoor play area.

Yamba Rock Wall


17. Lego

Even in beautiful Yamba we get rainy days or extreme heat, so indoor activities for the kids can be a great backup or easy day option.

Lego is great for toddlers to tweens but you’ll find plenty of older kids and parents alike building, breaking and enjoying some Lego time.

The Yamba Photo Store is the place to go for Lego in Yamba with a fantastic range of the traditional, themed and very large sets to satisfy everyone.

Lego in Yamba


18. RC Cars & Planes

Do your kids love remote control? Get down to the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre for their innovative RC play days which are open for all ages.

You must have your own vehicle, whether that’s a car, plane, helicopter, drone or something else. Their big indoor courts are the perfect place to race and test your skills with other RC hobbyists.

RC Play Day


19. Art Workshops

Get creative at the Yamba Art Space which regularly holds children’s art workshops and classes for painting, craft, weaving, origami and more over the holiday season.

There are also more general classes available if you’ve got older kids, teens or would love to get involved yourself and create something special to take home with you.

Yamba Art Space


Did we miss anything you think should be included? Share it below in the comments!



Looking for the perfect family holiday destination?

Get your family booked in for a dream holiday with us at the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort where the kids have HEAPS of activities to keep them happy. Mum and Dad can relax in the pool bar, snooker hall or forget about dinner with our on-site restaurant.

And there’s even more for them to do in town!

Give your family a holiday to remember and book today.



13 BIG Lessons For Memorable Family Travel (Travelling With Kids)

Think travelling or a road trip with the kids is hard? What if there’s a secret? This is it!

We asked 13 of the world’s top family travel bloggers one simple question:

What is the single biggest lesson you learnt travelling with kids that you wish you knew before you first hit the road?

As a family accommodation resort in one of Australia’s favourite towns, we wanted to know how these amazing families manage to spend months or years travelling the country (or the world) with their kids, and still be sane at the end of it.

Family Travel Lessons Travelling With Kids

There was so much information out there we were overwhelmed! Instead we went straight to the source asking the best international and Australian family travel bloggers about their biggest lessons for travelling with children. This is what they shared:

  1. There’s an adjustment period
  2. Be realistic
  3. Pace yourself
  4. The art of slow travel
  5. Education on the road
  6. Your children are more than capable
  7. The world is a positive place
  8. Family travel is accessible
  9. Planning is key
  10. Anything is possible
  11. Don’t try to do everything
  12. Your children will learn while travelling
  13. Travelling with kids gives you local insights

1. There’s An Adjustment Period

Trip In A Van

From Trip In A Van

Justin, Bec and their three children Jack, Billy and Charli are from Newcastle, Australia. They left home for the road in 2015 and have been travelling Australia in their van ever since! Their biggest lesson for travelling with a young family was about adjustment;

Our biggest lesson was that the kids needed an adjustment period to ease into van life. It took our kids around 6 weeks to adapt to living all together in the caravan. If we had known this was going to happen, we probably could have helped to reduce it to around 4weeks or maybe less by relaxing a bit, knowing that they will all be happy little nomads in no time.

Follow the Trip in A Van blog (they’re also regular YouTubers)

2. Be Realistic


From yTravel Blog

From the Central Coast of NSW Australia, Caz and Craig have travelled to 52 countries with their two daughters Kalyra and Savannah. On their journey to collect memories over possessions, their biggest family travel secret was to be realistic;

Our biggest lesson learned was to slow down. Be realistic about what you can see and do when traveling with kids. Don’t try to cram too much into your itinerary and try to do your activities in the morning so you can relax in the afternoon. Everyone will need it.

The less you feel you have to see, the more enjoyable and stress-free for everyone.

For the most part, the pace of the trip should be set to what your youngest child can handle. Build into your agenda time for stops along the way for bathroom breaks, snack breaks, and nap time.

If you can avoid tired and cranky children it will make for a much more pleasant family travel experience.

Check out yTravel’s 25 tips for travelling with kids

3. Pace Yourself


From Globetotting

Katja is a lifelong traveller and travel writer who shares travel advice and stories from her own family experiences. She’s travelled and lived in India, Australia, Mexico, the UK and everywhere in between. Katja’s biggest family travel secret was about pacing yourself;

There are two lessons that I learned when I first started travelling with kids.

The first is that you have to slow down. It doesn’t matter that you want to visit every museum in town or see all the archaeological sites; when you travel with kids, you have to move at a more gentle pace. My general rule of thumb is to sight see in the morning and then find a pool or an ice cream shop in the afternoon, thereby keeping everyone happy.

The second thing I wish that I had known is that you really don’t need to take your car seat on a plane. You have enough kit to cart around when you travel with kids as it is, you don’t need to add a car seat to your hand luggage!

Follow the Globetotting blog or find them on Instagram

4. The Art Of Slow Travel

Tin Box Traveller

From Tin Box Traveller

Claire runs the UK family travel blog Tin Box Traveller and shares her family’s adventures and experiences from across the UK and around the world. She started her adventures in a caravan called Tin Box. Claire’s biggest family travel lesson is about ‘slow travel’;

Our biggest lesson learnt is that travelling with kids is slower paced than when we were on the road as a couple. We pause more during road trips. We take longer to explore cities and we sit down to appreciate a sea view (usually with a bucket, spade and ice cream).

And the great thing is that it has enriched our travels. We experience places like locals and often strike up more conversations with them because of the children. Slow travel has been our greatest discovery as parents and as a travelling family.

Check out the Tin Box Traveller blog and find them on Instagram

5. Education On The Road

Travel Australia With Kids

From Travelling Australia With Kids

From Western Australia, Mandy has spent two years travelling Australia in a caravan with her husband and three school age children. She shares a wealth of knowledge and advice with her followers, including her biggest lesson about education on the road;

The single biggest thing that I wish I’d have known when planning our trip around Australia was that I would not let the children down with their schooling. My three were 6, 8 and 9 when we set off on our trip and I was terrified I’d fail them.

I wish I’d have known that they would still learn and that all the worry and anxiety surrounding schooling on the road was unnecessary. They did not miss out, they saw amazing places around Australia and came back after two years on the road well educated, more confident and more worldly kids.

Follow the Travelling Australia With Kids blog or become a follower (known as TAWKers) on Facebook

6. Your Children Are More Than Capable

Adventure and Sunshine

From Adventure & Sunshine

Rachel and Matt are true adventure travellers, and have introduced their children Amelie and Harvey to the lifestyle racking up visits to 32 countries as a family. Rachel’s biggest family travel lesson was all about how capable children can be;

We travelled the world with our kids for 12 months when they were ten and eight years old. From pretty Paris streets, to the Botswana wilderness and the majestic forts of India, we ventured as a family across stunning and unique landscapes. What did we learn?

We discovered our children are physically and mentally capable of far more than we imagined. Hiking 20 kilometres. Embracing cultural differences. Walking 40,000 steps across Tokyo in a single day! This discovery has transformed our family holidays. We push the boundaries and embrace adventure. Don’t underestimate your kids. They might surprise you. Just make sure you have some treats at the ready.

Make sure to read the Adventure & Sunshine blog and follow their story on Instagram

7. The World Is A Positive Place

Travel With Bender

From Travel With Bender

After leaving home in Perth, Australia in 2012, the Bender family have been nomad world travellers ever since – travelling to over 65+ countries to date. Dad Josh said his biggest family travel lesson was how positive his experiences have been;

The biggest thing I discovered from travelling with kids is that the world is much more accessible and friendly then you may think if you just watch TV. Almost all my kids’ experiences have been positive in the 65+ countries they’ve visited.

Kids and adults alike, in all countries, were consistently friendly and welcoming. My kids discovered they had a lot more in common with kids in Guatemala or Romania than they may have first thought. And I discovered that my kids were far more capable and robust than I expected.

The Travel With Bender blog is full of great advice and be sure to follow them on Instagram too

8. Family Travel Is Accessible

Wandering Wagars

From Wandering Wagars

Kevin and Christina are world travellers and utilise each trip as an educational experience for their two young boys. Kevin shared his biggest family travel lesson with us about how accessible the world really is;

Traveling with kids is amazing. But like all parents, we were first timers too once. And I wish that we knew just how accessible travel with children was.

We have been shocked by just how many incredible things our children have been able to do. And every time we travel, we push our limits a little bit further, and each time our little ones blow away our expectations. From the peaks of Machu Picchu to the Deserts of Jordan, nothing has been too much of an adventure.

Follow the Wandering Wagars blog or follow their adventures on Instagram

9. Planning Is Key

Boy Eats World

From Boy Eats World

Aleney is an Australian mum whose two kids Raffles and Sugarpuff almost put her passion for travel to shame with their own YouTube channel and travel advice for parents! Aleney says her biggest lesson is all about planning;

Before our kids came along and joined our travelling circus, travelling was mostly about picking a random destination on a whim, finding a super cheap deal, lobbing a bikini, a book and a camera in a backpack and hitting the road.

But it became apparent very fast that this wouldn’t work when travelling with two kids in tow. Mostly because travelling with kids, while incredibly fun and fulfilling, is a little like herding cats. It turns out that planning, money… and actual clothes are the key to a successful family holiday. And after traipsing through 25 countries with my tiny travellers, both the kids now join in on the planning, which has added a whole new level of fun for all of us.

Make sure to read the Boy Eats World blog and follow along on Facebook

10. Anything Is Possible

TraveLynn Family

From TraveLynn Family

Jenny with her husband Jason, and two children Aurthur and Ezra, set out from their home in the UK and have explored 13 countries as a family in the last four years. Jenny’s biggest family travel lesson is that anything is possible;

We had travelled extensively before having kids, and hoped that things wouldn’t change once I became pregnant. Travelling always meant the world to us and we wanted to raise open minded, global citizens, with a lust for adventure. However, parenting can be a tough gig, kids are unpredictable and thrive on routine, and it’s more expensive paying for a family of four to travel than a couple. I had concerns that becoming a parent would mean changing the way we travel drastically.

However, I’m actually typing this sat outside our Landover Defender at a campsite in South Africa. Our two boys (now aged 2 and 4) are fast asleep in the roof tent as my husband prepares the paperwork for our border crossing to Mozambique in the morning. We’re just at the start of a 4 month overland adventure through Africa.

I really had nothing to worry about in those early days. The single biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that adventure travel with young kids is indeed possible, and it’s certainly more rewarding with them along for the ride.

Follow the TraveLynn Family blog and see where they’re heading next or find them on Instagram

11. Don’t Try To Do Everything

Suitcases and Sandcastles

From Suitcases and Sandcastles

Clare runs this inspiring and entertaining family travel blog with stories and tips from family adventures with her two boys. Her passion is for slow travel, so you really get to soak it all in – and it works great for families! Clare shared her biggest family travel lesson about not trying to do everything;

Slow down. If you’re visiting a city, don’t try and do everything. Kids can find cultural sights just as interesting as the adults but you need to find something that engages them and makes it fun. It’s no fun for anybody in the family if you try and see everything in the guide book.

It’s far better to see a few things well with engaged and interested kids than rushing around lots of sights with tired, cranky children. Break up the cultural activities with visits to local playgrounds and fun foodie quests like finding the city’s best ice cream or hot chocolate.

Follow the Suitcases and Sandcastles blog and see their latest adventures on Instagram

12. Your Children Will Learn While Travelling

Travel At The Speed Of Life Family Travel Blogger

From Travel At The Speed Of Life

Yasmin and husband Graeme jumped right in the deep end – selling their house and possessions to fund their incredible Australian road trip adventure with their two children Blake and Alexandra. Yasmin says her biggest worry and lesson was about schooling;

The thing most people worry about when travelling with kids is schooling.  Don’t worry about the schooling!

They learn so much while travelling, and it’s easy to cover curriculum items from history, geography, maths and physics, too biology, chemistry, art and language and culture just through the things you do day to day. They will be reading a lot, and you can get involved by helping them learn more about the places you visit and the things you see by reading more about them at libraries or online.

When you get back, you’ll find your kids fit straight back into school, but they’re minds will be open and their education broadened.  Just go, enjoy your travels, and don’t worry about the schooling!

Be inspired by their Aussie adventures at the Travel At The Speed Of Life blog or on Instagram

13. Travelling With Kids Gives You Local Insights

Families Go Family Travel Blogger

From Families Go

Eileen with her husband Rich and young daughter had so many questions about family travel that they took it upon themselves to document their own experiences with great advice, guides and lessons of the places they’ve been. Eileen shared that her biggest family travel lesson was how travelling with kids opens up the places you visit;

The single biggest lesson we’ve learned by travelling with a child is that slowing down is not a bad thing and can actually open up interesting opportunities.  We used to be those folks who were up at the crack of dawn, constantly moving, seeing and doing as much as we could because that’s how you make the most of a destination and your vacation time.

But kids can’t go all day. They need playground breaks, ice cream breaks and restful breaks.  And you know what, seeking out parks and playgrounds have taken us to parts of cities and towns never would have seen otherwise.

We’ve discovered cute residential neighbourhoods. We’ve learned that many European cities and towns have amazing public pools.  And stopping to look around a neighbourhood park, swimming in a city pool, stopping for lunch in a little neighbourhood restaurant shows you how people in a city really live and give you insights into the place and culture you would never get by just squeezing in as many churches, museums and must-try restaurants as you can.

In some ways travelling with a kid has moved us further toward being travellers and away from being mere tourists.

Check out the great advice on the Families Go blog or follow them on Facebook


A huge thank you to our featured bloggers for taking the time out of their own family holidays to answer this question for us.

Now you can plan your next family adventure! Start out big or small, follow this advice from the world’s top family travel bloggers and create memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’re still not convinced we have one final secret weapon sure to please mum, dad and kids of all ages – come to our place! We’ve got everything covered to please even the most stubborn teen or excited toddler.

Did your parents take you on a family holiday as a young kid? Where did you go? We’d love to hear about your old or new family travel adventures!