After a very recent slow and detailed trip down the East Coast we took the time to drive in to check out spots we’ve usually bypassed due to a tight schedule.
And as you’d susepect, we found our new favourite camping spot (overtaking our ‘old’ favourite camping spots ‘Green Patch at Jervis Bay (Tania) and Wilsons Prom (Ronny).
The town of Yamba and neighbouring tiny town Angourie ticked every box on our checklist. Amazing beaches, great surf, a good pub, a few good cafes, best of all – a number of free isolated camp spots with direct beach access where we had the whole area to ourselves and were not bothered at all during the day or night.
We stayed for 6 nights and alternated between the many beach carparks in Angourie:
Angourie Back Beach carpark was the winner with a cold outdoor shower, toilet, running water and about one car driving in for a look at the surf every day. The other beach carparks that were also great to camp at but had a few more cars during the day: Angourie Blue Pool and Spooky Beach Carpark.
Overall we found Yamba and Angourie to be the best kept secret we’ve discovered in a long time. Primarily a fishing town the locals were all friendly, there weren’t many tourists and very few backpackers (making the free camping above possible). From a surfer’s perspective the breaks are quite well known and Ronny found the surfers refreshingly friendly and well mannered in the water (having just been in Byron Bay however this probably isn’t a surprise). From a non surfers perspective I found the beaches breathtakingly beautiful with amazing blue water and some shade available at most of the beaches from overhanging trees.
Best of all, there were still great dining options available if you felt like it. The Yamba pub had one of the most beautiful views we’ve ever experienced and Barbarela in Agourie offered a 5 start dining experience in the bush. Having a few days of rain we appreciated the convenience of being bush camping but having the facilities of a small town within 10 minutes drive away.
Our suggestions, go there, be friendly, free camp, take your rubbish home and don’t tell anyone else about this amazing spot!