Yamba’s Ultimate Fishing Guide (Local Spots, Fish & Bait)

Ultimate Fishing Guide Yamba

All around Yamba lay beaches and rivers that showcase its formidable and rich fishing industry. In fact, Yamba is considered a coastal fishing gem!

Aside from the climate that makes the place suitable for fishing, Yamba’s wide range of opportunities for rock, beach, and estuary fishing are almost unmatched.

Here’s your Yamba fishing guide – the types of fish that Yamba is most noted for, local bait and fishing spots from experts and locals where you’ll hook up big next time you’re in town.

 

Table of Contents

Yamba Fish Species

 

Flathead

A common fish in the Clarence River, flathead can be caught from the shore or boat quite easily with a bit of preparation.

Flathead are an ambush predator and can be found from the sea to the river’s stone walls. You can usually catch flatties from early morning until just after sunrise on a good tide.

It’s also advisable to find a spot where there is little light, as this is where the fish stay. Sunny spots along the river will cause bait fish and flathead to swim back to more protected areas. It’s best to fish along Clarence River in the summer.

Prepare your rig with long shank hooks. The bait should be able to swim naturally if it’s live. Many locals swear by using a much heavier lead line or trace to prevent breaks from their sharp front teeth and horizontal head movement which can easily cut your line.

 

Jewfish (Mulloway)

Jew are another popular fish which also swims along the mouth of Clarence River.

School Jewfish come often from the Middle Wall, particularly at high tide. If you sit somewhere near the sandy flats, or fish off the rocks, you might just come across a Jewfish. They’re often found at Iluka Beach and Main Beach, but there are also schools of them in estuaries throughout Yamba.

Jewfish love herring, so this is a great bait to bring during your Yamba fishing spree. Larger Jewfish are most active at dawn and dusk, so you’ll want to be prepared early or settle in for a night.

However, big Jew are tricky to catch. Some locals get them at night when the tides push them towards the river. Other spots you can catch Jew are around wrecks, offshore reefs, surf beaches, and deep holes in the river.

Once you’ve settled on an area, prepare a second bait just in case the tide slows down. Most Jewfish come out during high tide when there are also Mullet and bait fish around.

In case you are fishing near a rock wall, don’t cast your line too far as big Jewfish will likely be swimming below you in the deeper channel. In lieu of Mullet, you could have Mackerel, chopped Tailor, or Squid as bait.

 

Rock Blackfish

In May, you’ll see Rock Blackfish clustering around the rock walls at the entrance of the Clarence River. During winter season they stay in this area too.

This means they are not hard to find; in fact you’ll see them in the Clarence, Red Rock, Sandon, and Wooli areas at almost any time of the year.

In Yamba the T-Piece is a well known and popular Rock Blackfish spot – a short section of rock which runs perpendicular to the rock wall between Turner’s and Whiting beach.

To catch them, use a black or green weed suspended under a float. You’ll see these black weeds in inland lakes and creeks.

Some locals use “black magic” – a special type of weed that grows in sugar cane canals, to lure Rock Blackfish.

 

Bream

Bream are frequently caught at Yamba, especially during high tide.

It’s best to fish for them in July, as travelling schools of Bream swim from the sea wall to the rocky portions of rivers.

Towards the end of July, Bream anglers head further north. Most of these fish weigh up to 0.6kg.

If you’re in Yamba in September make sure to check out the Tim the Bream Fishing Classic which runs annually.

Bream frequent around pylons such as jetty’s and bridges. Prawns, yabby baits, and small lures work best when catching these fish and they’re great fun for the kids.

 

Snapper

Snapper are a popular offshore fish for Yamba fishermen and can be commonly hooked with a local charter.

They are quite challenging to catch because they will fight and break your line easily. The best time of day to target snapper is first and last light give or take a few hours. A full moon is also a good period for targeting Snapper

Head to the Clarence Valley and you’ll see Snapper weighing up to 6kg. Even in shallow water it’s possible to catch a 10kg Snapper as long as you know how to effectively use your bait and line.

First, place a small sliding sinker and tie it to a short-shank hook. The hook must be kept in the centre of the lure. Once hooked the Snapper might try to drag it to the bottom and if they’re relatively big and heavy you might be surprised at the sudden pull.

 

Tailor

Tailor are a type of predatory fish found in bays, rivers, and surf beaches, where clean and deep water runs.

They can get quite aggressive and a little tricky to catch because Tailor will play with your hook. Pilchards are a common and proven bait, which Tailor are known to attack.

To attract Tailor, spread out a good amount of burley. Keep the Tailor interested in your bait by gradually adding burley to keep them busy while you fish.

At any rate, just be patient and keep attracting the Tailor with your preferred bait until the fish go quiet.

 

Mangrove Jack

This type of fish can be challenging as they are elusive. It’s best to seek a gnarly looking spot so you can entice the Mangrove Jack to come out and attack your bait. Mangrove Jacks are usually found in estuaries.

For starters, it’s important that lures are snugly attached to your hook. Most Mangrove Jacks are seen in exposed roots on a bank or logs in the river. If you see trees on an eroded bank, and a tree is partially submerged in the water, you might just be fortunate enough to find Jack hiding in the shadows.

 

Blue Groper

Groper live in rocky areas of New South Wales coastlines. They are also found in southern Western Australia.

Blue Gropers are quite aggressive, so you must invest in high quality fishing tackle. It’s best to catch Blue Gropers at low tide, when you can also catch crabs as bait. Position yourself at the edge of rocks and cast around 10 metres of line.

Aside from crabs, urchins make for a good bait for Blue Gropers. Wait for your bait to sink to the bottom; the Groper’s hard bite on the lure won’t go unnoticed. Hold on to your rod as the Groper might also try pull strongly. The struggle may take a minute or two. If you’re lucky, you will be able to pull the fish up successfully.

Give the fish red crab, octopus, abalone, cunjevoi, sea urchins, or cuttlefish for bait. Because Blue Gropers can be quite aggressive when snapping at the bait, don’t hold back when your rod loads up and you feel the heavy struggle underwater.

 

Whiting (Sand)

You’ll find Sand Whiting, as the name suggests, in sandy areas like sand bars and shallow shore banks in areas of estuaries, coastal beaches and bays. They usually swim in waters up to 6 metres deep.

If you’re fishing on the river go to sand flats during high tide. On the other hand, there’s also a lot of sand whiting in holes and shallow gutters, divots, and washy sandbars on beaches.

To attract Sand Whiting, use live or fresh bait and don’t immediately pull the line when you feel the fish biting the lure. Use a slow retrieve with the tide, varying the action and pausing every now and then. Slowly lift the Whiting – and be sure to not jerk it sharply upwards as their soft lips can easily break.

Use a lightweight rod and reel, preferably a 1000 to 2500 sized reel and a 7-foot graphite spin rod. If you’re fishing on the beach, use a 6000 sized reel and a 10-foot rod. Attach a 4 to 8 shank hook and a size 2 ball sinker.

Meanwhile, the best baits for Sand Whiting are small poppers, nippers, yabbies, beach worms, blood worms, and pippies. Artificial flies and jigs are common lures too.

Simultaneously, lure Sand Whiting with crabs, small fish, clams, and shrimps. Squid can also work well. Be sure to cast your rods and put your baits in various spots, targeting channels inshore.

 


Best Yamba Fishing Bait

You’ve mostly read about the various types of lures that you can use for your ideal fish. Below is a list of baits you can utilize, along with instructions on how to use them and storage.

 

Yamba Prawns

One of the most popular type of bait are prawns, which can easily float off downstream if they are not properly attached to your hook.

Thread the prawn’s tail to the hook’s end first, so it won’t be swept by the current. Make sure that the shank hook is covered, too.

This will hide the hook from the fish. Believe it or not, the fish will know that it’s bait if it sees the glint of the hook.

Yamba’s prawns are world famous for eating, but they’re just as good for bait. You can get local Yamba prawns all year round just check your nearest tackle shop or visit the Yamba Fishing Co-Op.

 

Nippers

Bream, Sand Whiting, Flathead, and Jewfish like nippers, especially live ones. However, you need to get a fishing license if you planning on using saltwater nippers as bait.

Likewise, the legal limit for nippers is only a hundred. However, collecting nippers is an excellent activity for any family – and even the kids!

First, you have to invest in a quality bait pump. Once you have this ready, go to areas where nippers frequent: inter-tidal zones, sandbanks, and muddy areas.

When the sand has been washed off, put the nippers in a pail of salt water. This will keep them alive. Change the water regularly if you don’t have a bait aerator.

To use the nippers as bait, attach them to the hook through the back of their tail. This will allow the nipper to move naturally (and attract the fish).

 

Beach Worms

Beach worms are found along most of Yamba’s sandy beaches. They come in two types: green heads and pink heads. The latter are skinny and long, while the former are thick and shorter.

Be careful in handling pink heads so you don’t snap them off. Grab their heads with one hand and gently grip the worm’s body. Don’t force the worm to come out of the sand.

To catch them properly, you will need a stocking, plastic worming pliers and pilchards. Throw 6 to 8 pilchards into the stocking or sock and run it along the sand as the waves run out.

Once you see the worm’s head, bring the pilchards and stocking close to it. Grab the worm first before using the pliers to dig it out. If the worm is a little bigger than usual, dig with your free hand until you have enough room to hold its body. Pull it slowly as too much upward pressure could kill the worm. Place the worm in a clean bucket.

Preparing the worms to use as bait is simple.

Find a spot on the beach with fluffy sand and put some in some newspaper or a bucket, placing the worms in the sand you’ve dug out. This will keep their slime in tack and help you handle them easily as you put them on the hook. Keep the worms in a cool, shaded place. An alternative is to put an ice bottle next to the worms to keep them alive and fresh before you head out to fish.

Worms freeze well and are less likely to break down like prawns or nippers do once they’re thawed out.

 

Mullet

Mullet are a seasonal sight in estuaries. During hot summer days, brackish water comes alive with swimming Mullet. In the process, other kinds of fish also go to these places to feed.

You can get Mullet bait from your local bait and tackle store.

 

Squid

Fishing Bait Squid

You can find various types of squid in stores throughout Yamba. Squid have distinct heads with 8 short arms and two long tentacles. Its body is long and tapered. Most bait squid are around 12cm long, but some species can can grow up to 45 feet. You don’t really need big squid as they can be difficult to attach to hooks. At the most, you’ll have to cut them into small pieces.

There’s a bit of confusion, however, as to the types of squid used by fishermen and fishing enthusiasts. There’s the clean squid, which is any squid prepared to be eaten. You’ll see them in both supermarkets and fish markets. It’s called “clean” because they are washed immediately upon being caught at sea. But even though this squid is prepared for human consumption, it can still be used as bait.

There are also dirty squid. This squid isn’t cleaned or processed the way a clean squid is. Anglers prefer using dirty squid as bait because its scent actually attracts fish.

Small sections can lure smaller fish or even be used to tip off worm baits. Larger sections can be used to attract Flathead, Sand Whiting, Dogfish, Mulloway, Snapper, and Bass.

To present the squid as bait, use squid of about 8 to 12cm. Next slice them into strips. The strips can be threaded into the hook – just make sure you are attaching a firmer and thicker part of the squid so it doesn’t get swept away by the current. You could also create a cocktail bait by using the squid to tip off other baits (nippers, worms). If you prefer a whole squid however, pierce the hook into the squid several times and simply feed it up the line.

 


Yamba Beach Fishing Spots

There are several beautiful beach fishing spots in Yamba that you can visit during any time of year.

1. Whiting Beach

Whiting Beach is a still water beach situated along Yamba Break Wall and the Clarence River. Easily accessible with gentle waves, Whiting Beach is considered the most sheltered beach in Yamba, NSW. It’s an ideal beach to fish and runs right up to the rock wall for a great mix of beach and rock fishing for a range of local species.

 

2. Turners Beach

Turner’s Beach on the other hand is quite busy during the summer and you may need to get out early to get a spot. It’s located between the Yamba lighthouse and the south break wall, which makes it a fantastic spot for rock fishing from both the north and south end, or beach fishing along some of the channels running along the rocks.

 

3. Main Beach

Another holiday favourite is Main Beach, which also happens to be the most popular beach in Yamba. A sheltered beach like Whiting Beach, Main Beach can be accessed by the elderly and reaches its peak in September. Children will also love fishing for crabs and small fish. There’s a rock shelf to the southern end and cliffs to the north with various holes and channels during different tides.

 

4. Convent Beach

Meanwhile, Yamba fishing is also possible at Convent Beach. It’s a quiet spot situated between Lovers Point and Main Beach. Named after a convent that used to overlook the beach. Convent is a quieter beach for swimming and surfing so is usually frequented by fishermen along the beach and also out along the Lover’s Point headland.

 

5. Pippi Beach

Now don’t be surprised to hear locals say “Pippies” when they refer to Pippi Beach a pristine and sandy beach that stretches along Yamba. It’s a family-friendly location with lots of picnic benches and cottages. There are many beach gutters that run along the length of this big beach and a rocky headland to the northern end.

 

6. Green Point & Spooky Beach

South of Pippi are Green Point and Spooky Beach which is just off Angourie Road. Aside from whale spotting, Green Point is a perfect and idyllic place to dip in the shallow reefs and catch various types of fish.

 


Yamba River Fishing Spots

Clarence River access for fishing, kayaking, and boatingOne of the most well known Yamba fishing locations is on and along the mighty Clarence River – home to Blackfish, Jew, Flathead, Groper, Snapper and much more.

Being one of the largest mainland rivers in Australia, tourists not only love a good fish but can also enjoy boating and kayaking.

If you’re in a boat or kayak, there are also hundreds of secret local spots in and around the many island creeks that feed into the Clarence River. You’ll find a lot of Mulloway, Flathead, and Bream during high tide.

We have boat and kayak hire ready for you to explore if you stay with us at the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort.

1. Oyster Channel

You’ll see Oyster Channel as you drive into Yamba coming over the small causeway and bridge just before town. Fishing is very popular and very successful all along Oyster Channel for a range of species off the bridge, riverbank, rocks and from the boat or kayak. In the shallower parts of Oyster Channel you’ll find Whiting, Flathead, Bream and live bait including nippers and mullet.

 

2. Romiaka Channel

Romiaka is a smaller channel just north of Oyster Channel between Palmers Island and Yamba. Very similar fishing in the quieter waters here, but there are also some deeper channels around Romiaka Bridge to try your luck. Romiaka is the ideal kayak fishing spot if you’re keen to explore and squeeze up into the narrow mangroves and channels for something special.

 

3. Yamba Marina (Gantry Wall)

Yamba Marina is popular during quieter times with a fantastic back access road and high banks to fish from into the open river rather than into the Marina itself. Non locals will need to be respectful of the boats and private jetties along here, but there’s plenty of room and time to try your luck off the main road.

Being a rocky area out there you can expect to find Blackfish, Bream, Trevally, and some big Mangrove Jacks.

 

4. Lake Wooleweyah

If you’ve got time to get away from the common spots, Lake Wooleweyah is ideal for Whiting, Bream and Flathead from the banks or the boat. Located between Yamba and Angourie, there are several quiet lakeside positions easily accessible from the main street, but a boat or kayak launched from Yamba is the best way to explore the lake.

 

5. Oyster Channel Jetty

Oyster Channel has a boat ramp and jetty located along Witonga Drive, Yamba located straight across from Thorny Island. Rocky banks line either side of the jetty and drop down into the channel making this a great spot for most types of fishing.

 

6. Blue Dolphin Jetty

If you’re staying with us, you don’t even need to leave! Walk out to the back of the resort along the river and fish straight off the jetty or launch your kayak. Great for Bream, Whiting and the occasional Flathead. There is a deeper channel in front of our jetty as it is also the entrance into the Yamba Marina.

 

7. Yamba Co-Op Jetty

Just down the road from the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort, the Yamba Fishermen’s Co-Op is a great place for lunch and also to throw your line in off the jetty. As with the Blue Dolphin, this spot throws into the channel leading into the Yamba Marina.

 

8. Palmers Island Wall

Palmers Island is the large river island you’ll drive across on your way into Yamba, and you can get out to the rocky banks of the Clarence River by making your way to Gillies Lane. There’s also a good number of average-sized Bream and Flathead to be caught here.

 

9. Middle Wall

Middle Wall is located in the middle of the Clarence River between Iluka and Yamba. It is only reachable by boat or kayak, but is a long stone wall starting from Freeburn Island and running towards the mouth of the river and ending in front of Whiting Beach.

It is a very popular river fishing location in Yamba and you’ll get Bream, Flathead, Blackfish, Whiting on the nearby flats and plenty more.

This is a year-round spot and is one of the closest anchor spots near the mouth of the Clarence River.

 

10. Harwood Island Jetty

On the north-western side of the Harwood Bridge there is a new pontoon and jetty in front of Harwood Hotel (another fantastic lunch spot).

Locals enjoy fishing out from the pontoon, jetty and banks for a range of fish and if you walk up the road and throw in under the Harwood Bridge there are some deep pockets around the pylons for something bigger. It’s common to catch Flathead, Bream, Jew, Luderick and Whiting along here.

 

11. Palmers Channel

This is another fishing spot reachable only on the water by boat or kayak. This small channel is popular for flathead and runs into the Clarence River across from the Harwood Slipway and just downriver from the Harwood Bridge and Sugar Mill.

Pick your tides well, the protection of close banks either side can help in choppy conditions where other spots are too rough.

 


Yamba Rock Fishing Spots

This is one of the most productive shore-based fishing options and the quality of fish from Yamba rock fishing can be worth the effort.

Rock fishing has the added bonus of the greatest view in the world, and our sunrises and sunsets are world class in the Clarence Valley.

It does not matter what time of year you go, rock fishing is good all year round.

1. Palmers Island

As mentioned in the previous section, located along Gillies Lane is a stretch of rocky river bank with easy access and great fishing.

 

2. Browns Rocks

Head here if you’re after big bream. However, you might find this Yamba fishing spot crowded, given that it’s a usual spot for fishing competitions like the Australian Bream Tour. You can run up in a boat from Palmers Island, Yamba or Iluka – or you may want to drive around through Woombah towards Browns Rocks Caravan Park.

 

3. Lover’s Point

A rocky headland between two popular fishing beaches, Lover’s Point (or Yamba Point) is accessible from north and south although big swell or high tides can make it difficult to get over the rocks on the southern end.

Popular rock fishing out on the point will be good for Bream, Tailor, Jew, Groper and Blackfish in season and it’s a great all-year fishing spot.

This spot does have many shallow and snaggy areas and can get very with waves breaking over the lower rocks. Make sure you bring extra tackle because you will lose some.

 

4. Oyster Channel

Under the Oyster Channel Bridge on your way into Yamba is another great rock fishing spot. The pylons and rocky banks are a great feeding grounding for small bait fish.

Common fish in this spot includes Bream, Flathead, occasionally you’ll find a nice Mangrove Jack and even Whiting come in from the nearby flats on the right tide.

 

5. Angourie Point

This headland at Angourie is a popular surf break but also features some fantastic rock fishing for Bream, Tailor, Jew, and Groper.

Only accessible by foot, you’ll need to park at the Angourie lookout and walk down along the beach and around the headland to find your spot looking north or south.

 

6. Turners Wall

Turners Wall runs 1km into the ocean at the Clarence River’s entrance. This is probably the best fishing spot in all of Yamba and produces the widest variety of fish species as you have access to both the river and the ocean.

Tailor, Bream, Whiting, Jewfish, Flathead, Tuna and Snapper are all common along here. Very large Jew are regular catches for locals who know their stuff. Another fantastic rock fishing spot all year round for a wide range of fish.

 

7. T-Piece

The T-Piece is a small outcrop of rocks jutting out from the breakwall on Yamba’s side of the river entrance. Access is difficult here as you need to climb down onto the outcrop and do some rock hopping to get to the water.

This is another all-year spot which locals love. You’ll often find good Bream, Blackfish, Flathead and large Jew in here with the right tide.

 


Yamba Fishing Charters

There are great fish outside Yamba on the open water with many local reefs, islands and deep holes to fish from with a local charter.

And the good news? You don’t need a fishing license because you’re covered under theirs!

 

Reel Time Fishing ChartersReel Time Fishing Charters Yamba

Reel Time Charters has been running out of the port of Yamba/Iluka NSW since 2008 and limit the seats to 10 per boat as to give you as much fishing room as possible.

Reel Time fishing trips go a bit longer – 8hrs from 6am to 2pm. They also include lunch, snacks, water/soft drink, BYO is always welcome and of course a great day fishing!

Contact Reel Time Charters

 

Yamba Fishing and Charters

Yamba Fishing and Charters run regular fishing and sightseeing trips from Yamba and Iluka. Glynn your skipper, offers experience and local knowledge of the best spots to ensure you get a quality catch.

Enjoy your day out on the water confidently with Yamba Fishing and Charters in a 3100 Noosacat powered by 2 x 250hp Yamaha motors.

Contact Yamba Fishing & Charters

 


Fishing Tools

Before you head out here are some helpful research and fishing tools to help you hook up big on your next visit to Yamba.

Bait & Tackle Shops

Blue Dolphin Store

21-35 Yamba Road, Yamba
Call 66 462 416

Yamba Bait & Tackle

Cnr of Wooli and Yamba Streets, Yamba
Call 66 461 514

Yamba Tides Chart

Check the Yamba tides here

Yamba Boat Ramps

 


Fishing Holiday in Yamba

Clarence River access for fishing, kayaking, and boatingSo you’re keen for a fish, huh?!

Well 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 then you can go fishing!

Put your boat in at the boat ramp 1 minute away, launch your kayak from our place and fish off the jetty. Then you can head out to all the other awesome fishing spots in Yamba when you’re done.

 

 


Throw Out A Line!

There is no mistaking that Yamba is an ideal holiday and weekend destination for both beginning and amateur anglers.

Yamba has an endless number of fishing spots and plenty of opportunities to catch that dream fish during your next stay.

Start plotting out your calendars and planning your very own Yamba trip, and don’t forget to share our fishing guide with your mates!

 

Resources

Special thanks to DownriggerMick’s Gone Fishing and Get Fishing for their advice.
Icons in this article are from Freepik licensed under CC 3.0 BY.

 

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

yTravel

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

Globetotting

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


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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!