Yamba Museum – The Story House
The award-winning Yamba Museum, operated by the Port of Yamba Historical Society, is located within the heart of Yamba.
The museum, its displays and collection are evidence of the settlement of Yamba, and clearly document its strong maritime history and the importance of the mighty River Clarence to this area.
The local Yaegl people have their own stories about the creation of this river but Matthew Flinders managed to miss the mighty Clarence River, mistaking the many shoals at the entrance for a bay rather than a river mouth. These were once treacherous waters and can still be dangerous, which is why the first white man to settle in Yamba was the Pilot, Francis Freeburn who initially lived in a tent on top of Pilot Hill.
Find out more about Francis Freeburn, some tragic shipwrecks and daring rescues during your visit to the museum. Other displays of interest include:
How to train a river – a display recently updated to help mark the sesquicentenary of the Port of Yamba and its Breakwaters.
Fishing – is still an important industry and recreational activity around Yamba – you will find vintage reels, rods, & Billy Black’s dinghy.
Riverboats – examine models of steam and sail ships that navigated these waters.
Surfing culture and Surf Life Saving in Yamba and Angourie – exclaim over the shark-bitten surfboard!
Holidays in Yamba – learn how Yamba became a popular spot for holidaymakers.
Yamba Museum Publications
The Yamba Museum has a range of interesting publications available for purchase such as:
"Yamba Yesterday" (5th edition, 2021) $40
"From Clarence River Heads to Yamba" $25
"Riverboats of the Clarence River" $30
"River of Isles and memories - memoirs of Captain Alexander McFarlane (1869-1959)" $20
"There is no glory in war - Gallipoli diary and poems of Alex McQueen (1878-1968)" $20
"Memories of Yamba Through Picture" $25
Contact & Visit
(02) 6646 1399
Group Tours with morning/afternoon tea $10.00
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Closed every Monday and Friday
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm