about clarence coast

so much to discover...

Pristine beaches, top fishing spots, lush hinterland and mouth-watering regional cuisine just 300 kilometres from Brisbane and 600 kilometers north of Sydney.


With over 80 kilometres of spectacular coastline - much of it completely unspoiled - and among its vast sandy beaches, secluded sub-tropical coves, endless white sands are some of the world's best surf breaks.

Its a place of astonishing physical beauty and extraordinary cultural diversity - where teeming marine parks, ancient rainforests and thriving rural communities are nourished by vast winding rivers, with the Clarence being the largest of these!


Over 400 kilometers from source to sea, the Clarence River is one of Australia's largest waterways. There are 100 chartered islands that pass through Grafton and the villages of Ulmarra, Brushgrove, Lawrence, Maclean and Harwood before meeting the ocean at Yamba and Iluka. The upper reaches of the Clarence are part of the longest white water canoe trail in Australia, making it a destination choice for eco adventures.

Originally known as 'Booryimba' the majestic Clarence River is a living link between the ancient Dreamtime and the Bundjalung, Yaegal and Gumbaynggirr people of today. Since ancient times it has been a playground, a highway, a major food source and the lifeblood of the valley.


Its a natural wonderland, with coastal and mountain wilderness preserved in World Heritage listed National Parks. In the lush green vegetation you'll find an incredible variety of flora and fauna, including one third of all Australian bird species.

arts & culture

The Clarence is a cultural treasure trove where you can spend days browsing art and craft galleries, individual artists studios, antique and collectible stores or explore heritage trails and uncover history at eight museums.

There are classic country pubs, funky cafes, award-winning restaurants and an abundance of fetes, fairs and festivals. 

festivals & events

There are 30 major festivals and events held in the Clarence each year. From high octane sports of power boat racing, water ski races and wake boards to cultural arts events and the famous Jacaranda Festival in Grafton.

For a comprehensive list of all the festivals & events visit us here.


More than a traditional market, these places have a vibe all of their own; and not suprisingly the creativity of the Clarence finds its ultimate expression in the popular weekend markets.

More information here; Clarence Markets & North Coast Markets.

dining & cuisine

Whether you enjoy fine cuisine at an award-winning restaurant or sipping billy tea around a camp fire, you'll relax in an environment that leaves you invigorated and with more energy than you've had in years.


There are dozens of delightful towns, villages and rural hamlets. The Clarence Coast is the ultimate camping and caravanning destination. Find out more about our key locations right here; Brooms Head, Iluka, Minnie Water, Wooli, Yamba.

see & do's

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