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Swap Byron Bay for Yamba for laidback charm without the superstar attitude

By Explore
Updated March 4 2021 - 11:49am, first published February 27 2021 - 10:44am

The movie stars and wannabe hipsters may still be flocking to the tried-and-tested hangout of Byron Bay, but New South Wales has a new coastal hotspot that Chris Hemsworth and Zac Efron are yet to lure the paparazzi to. Say hello to the lovely, laidback, sun-kissed shores of Yamba. As you turn off the Pacific Highway onto the welcoming stretch of Yamba Road that leads east towards Yamba’s town centre, you’ll pass palm trees, sugar cane crops and sleepy little inlets of the Clarence River along the way. While technically you’re still in far northern NSW, there’s a distinct Queensland feel to this landscape.

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