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 - Yamba - Clarence Valley

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 Valley coastline sunset - North Coast

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Grafton Farmers Market

    Thursday 26 April 2018 to Thursday 15 November 2018 , Grafton

    The Grafton Farmers Market continues to attract new stallholders while still maintaining its core of regulars. The market is held weekly on a Thursday, in the Christ Church Cathedral Op Shop Car Park on the corner of Duke and Fitzroy Street…

    26 Apr - 15 Nov
  2. Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Maclean

    From ballet to jazz, modern to tap and even song and dance, the Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod is full of competition and entertainment. An annual event in the lovely township of Maclean, if you or your kids are passionate dance performers…

    27 Apr - 05 May
  3. Mal's Blues Bar

    Sunday 29 April 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Yamba

    Yamba Golf and Country Club's back deck becomes a 'blues central' on the last Sunday of every month with Australia's premier electric guitarist Mal Eastick and monthly invitational guest performing. Mal has been a long time performer pl…

    29 Apr - 28 Oct
  4. Yamba Farmers Market

    Wednesday 02 May 2018 to Wednesday 04 July 2018 , Yamba

    The Yamba Farmers Market operates every Wednesday at the Whiting Beach car park. The range of products for sale includes free-range eggs, honey, chillies and chilli products, rosella jam and organic veggies, gluten-free sweets, pecans, jam…

    02 May - 04 Jul