Location: Pilot Hill, Yamba
Sitting atop Yamba’s highest hill, the Yamba lighthouse is one of the town’s main attractions and a must see for any visitor. The original lighthouse was built in 1880 and later replaced by the current lighthouse in 1955. A hotel – the Pacific Hotel – that obscured the original lighthouse was built in 1934. This and a water reservoir to be built at the location necessitated the relocation of the original lighthouse to its current location. After the new lighthouse had been completed in 1955, the old one was demolished the following year.
The new lighthouse is modern in style and made of concrete, rising to a height of 18 metres. Although the lighthouse itself is not open to the public, the grounds on which it stands are. The view atop this hill is nothing short of breathtaking. From here you can see Angourie to the south, Iluka to the north, Clarence River to the west (dotted by its many islands), and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
From this vantage point, you will enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets. In the evenings, you will be able to see the deep-sea fishing fleet as it heads out of the river mouth. This spot is also great for whale watchers, especially in October when whales can be seen migrating north for the winter. The Yamba experience cannot be complete without visiting the lighthouse; it’s simply amazing.