Clarence Valley Natural Wonders

The Clarence Valley on the NSW North Coast is where wild rivers flow through dramatic gorges and ancient rainforest meets empty golden beaches. It’s a place of natural wonders, perfect for kayaking, rafting, bushwalking, mountain biking, surfing, diving and much more.

Woman stand up paddleboarding on the Wooli Wooli River, Wooli, North Coast

On the water

Eight wild rivers flow through the Clarence Valley and are all part of the Clarence River catchment, Australia’s largest east coast river system. Here you’ll find Australia’s longest whitewater trail, offering both challenging rapids and calm waters in empty wilderness. The upper Nymboida River is considered one of the best whitewater rivers in Australia.

The Mann River joins the Nymboida River in the Nymboida National Park, where forest and escarpments provide a striking backdrop for paddling, hiking, camping and 4WD touring. On the ocean, catch a wave at the world-famous Angourie Point, one of Australia’s National Surfing.

Kangaroos relaxing in Yuraygir National Park near Red Cliff, North Coast

Wildlife and walks

Iluka has the largest remaining seashore rainforest in NSW. The Iluka Nature Reserve is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. You can hike under a green canopy of strangler figs and vines on the Iluka Rainforest walking track.

One of the State’s best multi-day hikes starts in Yamba. The Yuraygir coastal walk follows ancient emu trails within the Yuraygir National Park. Wooli is at the southern end of the walk on a narrow peninsula surrounded by the Wooli Wooli River, forest and beaches. The surrounding Solitary Islands Marine Park, a haven for corals, fish, dolphins and whales.

You’ll find rare and endangered animal species within the Clarence Valley, including coastal emus, kangaroos, wedge-tailed eagles, osprey and endangered grey nurse sharks, which live in the Valley’s marine park.

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