Clarence Coast


Wonderful adventures

Memorable holidays begin in the beautiful Clarence Valley, with wide-open spaces, World Heritage rainforest, famous waves, splendid rivers and delicious Yamba prawns. Relax with your family or friends on pristine beaches and enjoy kayaking, bushwalking and fishing.

  • Canoeing on Wooli River, Clarence Coast
  • Family exploring the Clarence Coast

About the Clarence Valley

Discover the natural beauty of the Clarence Valley, from the spectacular Clarence River and more than 2,000 Jacaranda trees in elegant Grafton to World Heritage-listed Iluka coastal rainforest and white sandy beaches. The abundant national parks are ideal for camping, canoeing and bushwalking.

The Clarence River is the largest river on the eastern seaboard and perfect for fishing, sailing and kayaking. A popular town at the mouth of the river is Yamba, famous for its prawns. Savour the prawns and other fresh local produce and seafood at cafes and restaurants in this vibrant town.

Surfing at Angourie

Nearby is Angourie Beach, home to the world-famous right hand point break that was recognised as a National Surfing Reserve in 2007, the second site in Australia to be acknowledged for its significant heritage to surfing. You can learn to surf or hone your skills at Yamba-Angourie Surf School.

At Iluka, take the Rainforest walking track under tall canopies in this World Heritage area and spot many bird species. Visit the Iluka Bluff lookout for a chance to see resident dolphins or whales during their migration along the NSW North Coast. Whale-watching cruises depart from Yamba and Wooli, near the Yuraygir National Park. Wooli Deep Sea Tours explore the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

Clarence River from Scottish Cairn

Inland along the Clarence River is Maclean, known as the ‘Scottish Town in Australia’ for its Highland Gathering festival every Easter for more than 110 years. A delightful drive southwest is Grafton, home to the Jacaranda Festival. Explore the many heritage buildings on the Grafton Heritage Walk.

Accommodation options in the Clarence Valley range from coastal resorts and hinterland retreats to riverside cottages, youth hostels and campgrounds. Check out the events calendar when planning your trip as you’ll find plenty of festivals, markets and other things to do year-round.

Fly into Clarence Valley Regional Airport, Grafton

Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 12 km from Grafton’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip northwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates more than 30 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Grafton.


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Local areas

  • Grafton Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district.
  • Iluka Iluka is a peaceful and scenic town with superb fishing and beaches.
  • Maclean Maclean is a fishing port located inland along the magnificent Clarence River and surrounded by countryside and farmlands.
  • South Grafton The Clarence is one of Australia's largest waterways and offers a host of water adventures to suit all style
  • Wooli Yuraygir National Park protects the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline (60km) in NSW.
  • Yamba Located around the mouth of the Clarence River, Yamba is a bustling holiday resort, home to a number of beautiful beaches, parks and rivers.