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Palmers Island, NSW

Palmers Island to the west of Yamba is the second largest of the Clarence River’s 100 islands. The rich flood plains have long prime sugar cane country but more recently prawns from farms have been established on land adjacent to the river. The main road between Yamba and Maclean bisects the island and minor roads branch off leading to some excellant fishing spots and to wonderful hide-aways such as caravan parks and homestays.

Palmers Island NSW

While Palmer’s Island might not share the same bustling history as some of Australia’s more iconic locations, its charm lies in its serenity. Indigenous Australians lived in the region for thousands of years before European settlement. The area then transitioned to become part of the agricultural landscape of the Clarence Valley, playing a role in farming, fishing, and the sugar industry.

Things to Do

Palmer’s Island, at its heart, is a reflection of Australia’s countryside – vast green expanses, a peaceful community, and the natural beauty of the Clarence River weaving its way around the land. Its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean ensures that a refreshing sea breeze is never too far away.

  • Nature Walks: The verdant landscapes of Palmer’s Island are perfect for a quiet stroll. The mix of farmland and natural bushland offers a tranquil experience.
  • Bird Watching: With the wetlands nearby, bird enthusiasts can find a variety of species flocking to the region.
  • Fishing: The Clarence River is teeming with fish. Set up along its banks or take a boat out to try your luck.
  • Visit Yamba: Just a short drive away, Yamba offers beautiful beaches, great surf spots, and a bustling town atmosphere. The Yamba Lighthouse is a popular spot, offering panoramic views of the Pacific.
  • Local Cuisine: Being so close to the ocean and river, fresh seafood is a must-try. Several local eateries in the nearby areas offer a taste of the region.
  • Local Events: Keep an eye out for local events, as the Clarence Valley often hosts festivals, farmer’s markets, and more.

Where To Stay

Palmer’s Island, nestled near the coastal town of Yamba in New South Wales, is a serene escape for those looking to enjoy Australia’s natural beauty. But where should one stay to make the most of their visit?

BIG4 Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park

A part of the renowned BIG4 chain, the Saltwater @ Yamba Holiday Park stands out for its luxurious amenities combined with the rustic charm of the Australian outdoors.

This park boasts modern facilities, including a resort-style pool, adventure playground for kids, and BBQ areas to enjoy a meal under the stars.

Located near the pristine Saltwater Arm, guests can indulge in fishing or simply relax by the water. The park often organizes events and activities, making it a vibrant place for families.

Catering to various preferences, you can find luxury cabins, traditional caravan sites, and even “glamping” tents for those looking for a unique experience.

Fishing Haven Holiday Park

As the name suggests, Fishing Haven Holiday Park is a dream come true for angling enthusiasts.

Perched right on the banks of the Clarence River, this park promises scenic views and direct access to the river.

Apart from the essential amenities, Fishing Haven offers boat ramps for guests, making it easy for travellers to embark on a fishing journey.

Beyond fishing, guests can enjoy bird watching, picnics by the riverbank, or simply relaxing amidst nature. Its proximity to Yamba means you’re never too far from the hustle and bustle if you wish to indulge in some shopping or dining.

Offering a mix of cabins, caravan sites, and camping grounds, there’s something for every budget and preference.

Nearest Airport: Grafton

Where to stay?


  • Rural/Country
  • Relaxation
  • Island

Popular Activities

  • Mountain Biking
  • Trail bike riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Game
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Beach

About Palmers Island

  • Locality: Rural locality
  • Palmers Island Postcode: 2463
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: North Coast NSW
  • Latitude: -29.42029
  • Longitude: 153.28868
  • Elevation: 3m
  • Population: 458
  • Median Income: $26416
  • Area (Sq/km): 34.822
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Accommodation In Palmers Island

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Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


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