The Surf lodge, Yamba evaluate, NSW North Coast: Everything you could possibly need in a beachside escape




Yamba, the place the Clarence River meets the ocean, nonetheless appears like a locals’ village regardless of the extent of fascination the city has attracted and endured within the sea change period. With a pristine expanse of ocean accessible from 11 seashores across the headland and hip buying streets, Yamba presents the most effective of the coastal life, encouraging leisure and restoration with a facet of native prawns. The Surf is perched excessive on the hill, overlooking Main Beach – completely positioned to soak up the most effective of the city.


Opening in October 2021, The Surf feels prefer it’s been right here perpetually. That’s partly as a result of the lodge’s white exterior evokes nostalgia for the assumed ease of bygone eras, when cities like this one have been a bit quieter. The inside, nonetheless, is completely of the second. With bespoke carpentry, spacious minimalism, and purpose-built furnishings by Tait, the lodge’s understated opulence is instantly clear. Enter by means of the arched entrance door and inhale: the place smells good, due to the A’sh scents all through, and it is instantly calming. The lodge solely has 12 rooms and its location on the finish of the headland on Queen Street means you are not coping with through-traffic: simply the surfers who drive up earlier than dawn to swimsuit up and be part of the dolphin pods within the Pacific. There’s even surfboard storage right here, and an outside bathe to scrub away the waves.


There’s lots of curve enchantment at The Surf, with extremely aware structure from Design King Company reflecting the encircling pure surroundings. From the road, brilliant white stucco and contours nod to artwork deco glam and class with out detracting from the encircling buildings, or the beautiful panorama. Creamy, impartial shades match the colors outdoors – peach, just like the Yamba sundown; seafoam inexperienced; canary yellow – and the angular Breeze Blocks and curved woodwork hark again to pure varieties and surfboards. There’s a contact of the Scandi-cool, however the softly-lit area principally appears like an elevated translation of Nineteen Sixties seaside tradition, respecting classic affectations and setting fashionable model requirements on the identical time.

The skyline and the solar are key gamers within the lodge’s aesthetic, at all times current and at all times appreciated. Natural mild streams into rooms, enjoying off the white-and-yellow-striped loungers beside the rooftop pool and creating shadows between partitions. The lodge’s tagline is “wanderers always welcome” – and right here, that welcome appears like dwelling. Stay some time.


On the primary flooring throughout this keep, within the Main Beach Deluxe room, we have got area to unfold out. Between the helpful kitchenette, desk-and-couch combo, and wraparound balcony overlooking the ocean, it is as good a spot as one may need for a beachside keep. As the solar rises, mild streams in from throughout Yamba’s Main Beach, highlighting brass and light-wood accents, and particulars within the mild gray terrazzo tiles. Earthy blues and greens characteristic all through, from the tiny rectangular bathe tiles within the beneficiant toilet (which additionally has a soaking tub and Leif physique merchandise), to the heavy Bemboka throw on the finish of the mattress. The area is intelligent, with a Japanese-style sliding window separating the lavatory from the bed room; a surfboard-length bench to place your suitcases and seaside baggage on; and two units of sliding doorways to entry the balcony, guaranteeing a cross-breeze is at all times accessible. It feels extra like an condo than a lodge room, and that is becoming – since you would not want to go away this room if you happen to did not need to – particularly if you happen to add on a Happy Hour cocktail package for $65, which comes with 4 combined drinks, finest loved shaken upstairs within the visitor lounge and introduced again to your personal balcony.

It’s quiet and calming, with soothing tones and minimal fru-fru. Only the good things right here, and that is in abundance, with intelligent particulars and considerate touches, reminiscent of a complimentary minibar and Love Tea. There’s a espresso machine, microwave and fridge. The candy scents proceed too, with A’sh “Paradis” diffusers spreading “Patchouli, amber, sandalwood and mint” within the room. Watch Netflix on the 55-inch TV if you so need. But with all of the beautiful pure goodness inside strolling distance, you seemingly will not sit nonetheless for lengthy.


On the third flooring, there is a guest-only patio with uninterrupted views of the ocean. You can seize an espresso or a cuppa (together with fruit and biscuits). For meals, head downtown (a two-minute drive) to choose up a chew. Do brekkie at Laneway Lunchbox & Espresso Bar, the place the eggs Benny is served on selfmade patty of hash browns with a lemony hollandaise. For dinner, the crew at Karrikin whip up a veggie-forward set menu that celebrates native produce. Enjoy it with their signature (and punchy) Davidson Plum Sour. For prawns, cease in on the Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-op.


Downtown Yamba has all the things you could possibly want for a seaside vacation or in any other case. It’s filled with unbelievable homewares and clothes retailers, together with the curiously eclectic Flots and Jets, and the linen-friendly Coral boutique. If you are in want of a drink and need to benefit from the view from a unique angle, attempt The Pacific Hotel over on the opposite facet of Yamba’s Main Beach. The Yamba Museum is value a go to too.


Thoroughly fashionable excessive model and curated design in a timeless beachside paradise.




Rooms from $380 an evening, relying on the season. See


Location, location – in exceptionally considerate model.


The doorways may use a contact extra soundproofing, as to not break the phantasm of your private coastal paradise.

The author stayed as a visitor of The Surf Yamba.