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.
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.
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.