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The Surf Yamba credit: Elise Hassey

Boutique new hotel opens in Yamba

I haven’t been to Yamba for 20 years but I remember being so blown away by how beautiful the town is. Located at the mouth of the Clarence River, Yamba is known for its stunning beaches and ocean pools, popular surf breaks and fabulous prawns and seafood. It has that quintessential Aussie, coastal town ambience and I am quite sure there was nothing as chic as the new The Surf Yamba to stay in, back in the day.

The 12-room The Surf Yamba is positioned on Yamba’s southern headland and is the first boutique hotel on the well-known Main Beach. The hotel exudes an ‘Australian-coast-meets-Palm Springs’ vibe.

The Surf Yamba room. Credit: Elise Hassey
The Surf Yamba room. Credit: Elise Hassey

Designed by Sydney’s Design King Company, the new building that houses the hotel features distinctive curves that represent the classic ocean liners of the 1930s in the Art Deco period. From the rooftop terrace and plunge pool, guests can take in uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Pacific ocean.

The Surf Yamba has occupied its current beachfront location for almost 100 years.  Guests will be able to enjoy sea views from most rooms.

The Surf Yamba is founded and co-owned by David, Andrew and Phillip Mayne who have considered Yamba a second home for more than 40 years. Graziers in their day-to-day life, the Maynes also owned and operated the Barkly Homestead in the Northern Territory for 15 years. The Mayne family purchased The Surf Yamba 12 years ago and saw the potential in redeveloping the site.

“Yamba has always been our go-to holiday destination, and with The Surf Yamba, we hope to introduce a new generation of Australians to this beautiful area. The hotel has been inspired by the local scenic landscape, iconic beaches and headlands, and the rich heritage of Australia’s surfing culture,” said Andrew.

The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey
The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey

Responsible for the hotel’s exterior through to the interior finishes including furniture, lighting and artworks, Director Jon King said, “From the outset, our team wanted The Surf Yamba to be relaxed yet sophisticated, with just a hint of nostalgia and romanticism. With a nod to nautical and deco detailing evident on the exterior of Surf Hotel Yamba, it was also vital that the interiors were equally well detailed and thought through, with bespoke touches creating a complete experience. Our aim was to create a special place from which to experience Yamba and its beautiful surrounds.”

Interior details include Italian terrazzo tiles, limited edition artworks by Macedon Ranges artist Elizabeth Barnett and Melbourne visual artist Caroline Walls, bespoke handmade sofas and desks, chairs from Scandinavian-inspired Muuto, Hay Bella coffee tables, and Australian made outdoor furniture by Tait.

The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey
The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey
The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey
The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey
The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey
The Surf Yamba. Credit: Elise Hassey

I personally love the subtle touches of soft pink, the nautical blue and white striped awnings, the Palm Springs-style yellow and white striped sun loungers, the ice-blue mosaic tile stripes on the side of the pool, the detailing throughout that resemble vintage breeze blocks and the warmth of honey-toned timbers.

Guests can order breakfast hampers and charcuterie platters from local café Gather, to enjoy in their ocean view room, on the rooftop terrace alongside the heated pool, or on the sands of Main Beach.

Yamba is a one-hour flight from Sydney or a seven-hour road trip; or a three-hour road trip from Brisbane.

The Surf Yamba officially opened its doors on 24 September 2021. Rooms start from $295. 

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