Yamba rates number one

BYRON Bay came in at number seven, Port Douglas and Broome were in the top five, but the best town in Australia for 2009 was Yamba, according to Australian Traveller Magazine.

The magazine asked a panel of tourism experts to rate towns according to their answer to one question: 'Regardless of where it's located, would you recommend to a friend to add one hour to their trip just to visit this town?'.

Judging by the results it seemed no one had a problem going that extra mile to get to Yamba.

Australian Traveller editor Greg Barton said Yamba had the X-factor.

“It's underdeveloped, underrated and totally unpretentious,” he said.

“There's great surf, a fantastic community and it's a safe and peaceful getaway.”

But Mr Barton has already been apologised to Yamba residents for telling the world.

“We've let the cat out of the bag but you can't keep a secret this good forever,” he said.

But to residents of the Clarence Valley, Yamba has never been a secret.

“I think Yamba is the best place in the world,” Yamba business owner and resident Tania Williams said.

“If I could chose anywhere in the world to live, I'd stay here and I mean that with all sincerity.

“We have the best of both worlds with the beautiful sea and a town that has everything to offer.”

Ms Williams is also the President of the Yamba Chamber of Commerce and she welcomed any extra visitors to Yamba, as a result of the number one listing.

“We need tourists and we love our guests, but we don't want to compromise the essence of what we are in the process,” Ms Williams said.

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