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Clarence Coast

  • Yamba Lighthouse
  • Angourie Beach, Yamba


Nature getaways on the Clarence Coast

The Clarence Coast is most famous for the World Heritage-listed coastal rainforest within the Iluka Nature Reserve, a magnificent patch of wilderness in which to go bushwalking along its 2.5 km walking track.

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Clarence Coast Area

The Clarence Coast encompasses 80 km of spectacular coastline offering stunning beaches, historic towns and the scenic Clarence River. In the north, Woombah offers several fantastic vantage points for scenic views of the Clarence River. Explore the beaches that are a short stroll from the township or take advantage of the boat ramps available to explore the area from the water.

Iluka’s coastal rainforest is World Heritage-listed and offers the opportunity to walk under tall canopies and discover many bird species. Visit the Iluka Bluff Lookout for a chance to see the resident dolphins, pelicans or the whales on their annual breeding migration.

Explore Yamba’s great range of fine restaurants, cafes and day spas or relax on the town's beaches. Located at the opening of Clarence River it offers a range of activities such as fishing, surfing and sailing. Nearby, Angourie Beach was declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2007, the second site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing.

Head inland to discover Maclean, Australia's Scottish town, where some street signs are in Gaelic and power poles are painted in tartan patterns. Further inland, the quiet charm of the village of Lawrence draws in visitors with plentiful bird life, great canoeing locations and fishing activities.

Further south, Grafton is one of Australia's most charming provincial cities, renowned for its jacaranda trees and heritage buildings. Immerse yourself in the range of activities available throughout the year, including 4WD tours, horseriding, canoeing and bushwalking.

At the southern point of the Clarence Coast, Wooli is surrounded by Yuragir National Park. Explore the wetlands, estuaries, forests and heaths or visit the Solitary Islands Marine Park to explore one of the most beautiful dive sites in the world.


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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.
  • 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.

Explore Clarence Coast

Surfer running into the surf at Bennetts Beach, Hawks Nest, North Coast NSW. Image: James Pipino; Destination NSW