The Clarence Valley

Events

Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix The Clash on the Clarence

Round Four of the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix, 'The Clash on the Clarence', is to be held held on the scenic Clarence River at Grafton. Formula powerboat racing is an extreme sport that is both fast and colourful. Explosive starts, hairpin turns, and high speed passing manoeuvres provide continuous action and excitement for spectators of all ages. You can view the entire course from any vantage point, ensuring that you don't miss any of the action.

Start Date:
18/06/2016 View more details

Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships

The offbeat, all Australian sport of Goanna Pulling dates back to the nineteenth century. Contrary to the name, it's a test of strength between two people, whereby contestants get down on all fours and are linked by a leather belt over their heads, enabling them to pull backwards, tug of war style. Enter on the day for your chance to win cash prizes in the Men's and Ladies' Age and Weight Divisions. The Goanna Pulling Championship includes many other events on the day including wood chop, men's, ladies' and children's novelty races, dog obedience trials, tug of war teams, market stalls, and food and drinks. Making a fun filled experience for the whole family. Fun for the kids with a jumping castle, Old McDonald's Farm, Australian Reptile Show, bungee trampoline, giant ferris wheel, dodgem cars, and cup and saucer ride.

Start Date:
02/10/2016 View more details

Big River Brew Fest

The annual quest to find the best home brewers in the Clarence Valley culminates in the Big River Brewfest Home Brew Competition. Their team of judges have the unenviable task of deciding which backyard brewer will take out the prize. The competition is open to all homebrewers (over 18 years of age, of course). Simply drop two* long necks of your brew off at Irons and Craig before 10am on the big day, together with your entry fee (per category) and you'll be in the running. For more information and to book tickets, please visit their web site or Facebook page.

Start Date:
25/03/2017 View more details

Bridge To Breakers Sailing Classic

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Bridge To Breakers Sailing Classic is co-hosted by Big River Sailing Club and the Port of Yamba Yacht Club. Every year this event attracts a large number of competitors in all types of sailing craft. The river banks fill up with spectators on Saturday to see the boats sail from Harwood Bridge to Yamba and return.

Start Date:
14/11/2015 View more details

Brooms Head 3Bs Fun Run

***LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED*** The Brooms Head 3Bs fun run takes place in June each year and raises funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. One of the very best courses in NSW, run over five and ten kilometres through beautiful coastal scenery over bitumen, bush and beach. Organised by the Maclean Lions Club and with generous support from the Brooms Head Bowling Club, this event is kilometre marked, marshalled and timed. It's an ideal training run for the Gold Coast Marathon weekend in July. A great event for all ages, including prams, walkers and families.

Start Date:
18/06/2017 View more details

Brooms Head Family Fun Day

Dust off the excesses of the night before and join in with some family fun at Brooms Head. There are a multitude of races including sprints, distance, family relay, beach boat races, sandbag races, water carrying tug of war and the only place in Australia where you can compete at tossing a broom head in Brooms Head. There are market stalls through the park with food and refreshments available on the day. Gold coin donation is appreciated. This event is run in collaboration with Wires, Gulmarrad Bush Fire Brigade, Lions, and Lower Clarence Rugby League Club.

Start Date:
01/01/2017 View more details

Family Fun Day

Fun for young and all will be had at Rotary Club of Yamba's Annual Family Fun Day. Mr Steve Machel has become the resident expert Sandologist for the Family Fun Day sand modelling competition and offers contestants hints and tips before this popular event at Yamba's Main Beach. Come down to Main Beach early and watch his design take shape using nothing more than sand, water, bucket, a butter knife and brush. Teams of four then compete against each other in making their own sand modelling design. Cars, sea creatures, mythical animals, space creatures and the traditional sandcastles are seen each year. They have a junior section (under seven year olds) and a senior section (over seven) with trophies for the winning teams. Only natural items found on the beach can be used in the design and the use of normal beach bucket and spade is allowed to carry water and sand. No house hold garden equipment will be allowed. There is a barbecue sausage sizzle and steak burgers held by Rotary and the beach kiosk is always open. Entry fee is per team with all money going to Yamba Rotary for use on local projects.

Start Date:
08/01/2017 View more details

Flickerfest Grafton - International Short Film Festival

Celebrating 26 years as ‘The Home Of Great Short Film’ in 2017 Flickerfest remains Australia’s leading Academy® Accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival. Flickerfest is excited to be bringing the 'Best of Australian Shorts' programme to Grafton's Saraton Theatre as part of Plunge Fest. The Flickerfest programmes present a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films hand-picked from the festival’s 2400 entries, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today. Check out the full programme on the website!

Start Date:
31/03/2017 View more details

Forces of War

The Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus under their Artistic Director Greg Butcher continues to commemorate 100 years since World War One and just over 70 years since the end of World War Two. All your wartime musical favourites will include sing-a-longs. This concert is the third in the Clarence Valley's ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Concert Series 2015 to 2018. Proceeds to Clarence Valley RSL Clubs and Legacy.

Start Date:
23/04/2017 View more details

Grafton Agricultural Show

The Grafton Agricultural Show is celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2016 and will be held over a two day period. Features of the show include sideshows, extremely exhilarating rides, food stalls, exhibitions, farm displays, equestrian events, trotting, and the Grafton Show Girl Quest. Other attractions include Showmens Guild Rides, Quad Bike Super Ball Challenge, Demolition Derby, Working Dogs, Chain Saw Post Splitting Challenge, Notaras and Sons Clarence River Championship Woodchop, Young Farmers Challenge, daily display of Lego consisting of competitions and prizes for children, Model Train Display and Blacksmiths Working Exhibition. It is always a great place to take the kids or your friends, full of activity and fun. Head to the show and enjoy the fun.

Start Date:
15/04/2016 View more details

Grafton Bridge To Bridge Ski Classic

The Grafton Bridge to Bridge is a 108 kilometre water ski race from Grafton to Harwood Bridge and return, with boats reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour towing two skiers. The event attracts competitors from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and is considered one of the toughest events on the water ski racing calendar. The 2016 running of the event will be the 43rd Bridge To Bridge Ski Classic and includes live music, food vendors, and attractions for the whole family.

Start Date:
01/10/2016 View more details

Grafton Country Music Roundup

Do you love traditional country music and bush balladry? Then make this a date! Performers from far and wide will be converging on the Clarence Valley to showcase their talents - singing their songs, playing their instruments and reciting their poetry! This will be seven days filled with fair dinkum country music and entertainers, so grab some friends or head along on your own. No matter what, there is sure to be something on offer to get you rockin' and entertained throughout these great four days. Yeehaaa! Camping sites are available anytime at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club and Caravan Park prior to and after the roundup. Contact the Greyhound Club for details. For Camping and Entertainment Packages during the week - please refer to the "Country Music Roundup" website for details.

Start Date:
26/07/2016 View more details

Grafton Farmers Market

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 Streets. There is street parking available. Discover the flavoursome taste of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs just harvested, much of it grown organically, chemical free and local, purchased directly from the grower. Enjoy the wonderful assortment of condiments in the way of fruity jams, pickles, olives, olive oils, honey, eggs, and home baked goods.

Start Date:
17/11/2016 View more details

Grafton July Racing Carnival

The Clarence River Jockey Club, located in the picturesque jacaranda tree lined city of Grafton on the NSW North Coast, is home to the richest non-metropolitan carnival in Australia, the famous Grafton July Racing Carnival. The Club provides amenities equal to metropolitan tracks to cater for the July Carnival attracting crowds in excess of 30,000. With a population of 20,000, Grafton has the infrastructure to comfortably cater for all levels of accommodation with a good variety of restaurants and pubs to suit every taste. Some of the best beaches and holiday destinations on the New South Wales Coast are within an easy drive such as Yamba, Iluka, Wooli, and Minnie Waters, which provide an ideal environment to relax for a great time away. Special functions and extra entertainment are conducted over the carnival as well as fashions on the field.

Start Date:
07/07/2016 View more details

Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races

A spectacle usually seen only in metropolitan areas, the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races held on the beautiful Clarence River in Grafton is the largest regional dragon boat event in New South Wales. With over 30 teams competing in a variety of categories, this is an event well supported and loved by locals and visitors alike. Held in late October, at the beginning of the famous Jacaranda Festival, the riverbank is dotted with purple and the whole of Grafton is alive with festivities. With the river front abuzz with the sights, sounds and colours of over 1500 people, it's a delightful day out and worth a visit. Free for visitors who would like to watch the races.

Start Date:
29/10/2017 View more details

Kitty Flanagan (Grafton)

Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting "smashed". Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. Recommended for Mature Audiences 15+ Duration: 1hr 20 mins (no interval).

Start Date:
24/06/2017 View more details

Loving Life Day

Loving Life Day will be much bigger and better this year. There will be more of everything! More top quality entertainment, market stalls, food vendors and activities and attractions! On stage, they're once more presenting Valley's Got Talent (young talent quest), this time for trophies and cash prizes! The stage entertainment is continuous from 10am to 4pm, and free! On the grounds, Magician Troppo Bob is back again with his free, funny and mystifying magic shows. Have you ever wondered how fast is your tennis serve or how fast you can bowl a cricket ball or kick a footy? With the Speedball Camera you can find out for free at Loving Life Day. There will be free face painting, a concourse of sports cars and a Lucky Key competition for fabulous prizes and much more. So, it's fun, food, free stage entertainment, market stalls, and food vendors all day at Market Square, in the centre of Grafton, on the corner of Prince Street (the main street) and Pound Street. Loving Life Day is proudly presented by Loving Life FM 103.1, Grafton's community radio station.

Start Date:
19/08/2017 View more details

Maclean Agricultural Show

The Maclean Agricultural Show is held over two days. Events include sideshows, equestrian events, trotting, exhibitions, sales displays, floral and fruit exhibits and food stalls. The Maclean Show also has cane exhibits, craft, beef cattle, vegetables, poultry, cooking, championship dog show, caged birds, photography, school exhibits, and trade exhibits. The Agricultural and Industrial Show in Maclean has now become a yearly attraction where not only farmers and industry workers can present their wares, but it also allows exhibitors from all walks of life to display their talents and to gain knowledge and learn from fellow exhibitors. Bring the family and head to the show for a great time full of fun entertainment.

Start Date:
12/04/2016 View more details

Maclean Community Monthly Markets

Maclean Community Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month in the main car park, near the Maclean Bowling Club. Stalls offer an array of items including jewellery, clothing, plants, craft items, freshly baked cookies and cakes and a great range of fresh produce. So bring yourself and the family and come on down to the Maclean Community Markets.

Start Date:
11/02/2017 View more details

Maclean Highland Gathering

Maclean is known as the 'Scottish Town in Australia' and clans invade the town for the highland gathering from around the country. Piping competitions take place non-stop at different venues, as well as street concerts with dancers, pipers and singers. A parade to the showground of all the participating bands takes place and is followed by traditional Scottish games and dancing - tossing the Caber and hammer throwing, food stalls and Scottish products await the bands and visitors at the Showgrounds before a Grand Scottish Concert at the Civic Hall.

Start Date:
14/04/2017 View more details

Maclean Macmarket Day

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Maclean MacMarket is an annual market held on the first Saturday of the year hosted by the Maclean Chamber of Commerce in the main street of the town. River Street is closed to traffic and the street is filled with market stalls, second hand car boot sales, entertainment, kids activities and much more! This event brings the community and tourists together in the centre of town for a day out of fun and festivities!

Start Date:
07/01/2017 View more details

Mal's Blues Bar

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 playing with some of the best acts on the Australian music scene Mal. He has performed at high profile events such as Broadbeach Blues Festival, Bimbadgen Blues festival,Thredbo Blues Festival, and as a guest in a premiere guitar show featuring Kevin Borich, Phil Emmanuel, Phil Manning and others. Catch Mal and special guest on the last Sunday of every month at Yamba Golf and Country Club. For details about the guest acts or for more information visit the Club's website or Facebook page. Entry is free and the Club courtesy bus is in operation from 2pm. Seafood Steak and Seafood will be open for lunch and dinner.

Start Date:
25/10/2015 View more details

plunge art and culture festival

Take the 'plunge' and experience arts and culture in the Clarence Valley. In March through to April 2016, the Clarence Valley Council will be hosting its fourth annual Art and Culture Festival plunge. An award winning event, the purpose of plunge is to promote a diverse range of arts and cultural activities to locals and tourists in the Clarence Valley. The nature of plunge means that anyone with a show, exhibition, workshop, or cultural event is able to register - resulting in a diverse range of experiences, full of fresh ideas, spontaneity, and lots of fun. Whether you are into visual art, design, comedy, dance, film, theatre, or music, or would like to participate in a workshop, come and experience art and culture in the Clarence Valley in 2016. For more information about plunge, please contact the organisers via email or phone.

Start Date:
26/03/2016 View more details

Theatre of War

The Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus conducted by their Artistic Director Greg Butcher, takes you on a journey through a 'Theatre of War', commemorating 100 years since World War One in the magnificently restored Saraton Theatre in Grafton. This performance will also commemorate 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, paying tribute to the entertainers of the era. A tribute to the end of World War Two will also be performed with songs from the Andrews Sisters and more. Proceeds to local RSL Sub-Branches and Legacy. There will be two performances, one at 2.00pm and a second one at 7.00pm. Bookings through the website, or on the phone number provided.

Start Date:
17/04/2016 View more details

Yamba Farmers Market

The Yamba Farmers Market operates every Wednesday at the Whiting Beach car park. The range of product for sale includes free-range eggs, honey, chillies and chilli products, rosella jam and organic vegies, gluten-free sweets, pecans, jams, relishes, bread, pork and beef. The combination of location, community and quality local produce make for a great all-round experience.

Start Date:
20/01/2016 View more details

Yamba Ocean Swims

A traditional Xmas holidays swim on the NSW North Coast, timed to attract the hordes of holidaymakers who flock to the region between Xmas and New Year. Yamba is a beautiful holiday town on the NSW North Coast. Wonderful atmosphere, especially when dining at the Pacific Hotel above the beach looking over the sea. This is one of the most spectacular settings on the Australian coast, and you should never be surprised at whom you might run across in town for the swim or just a holiday break. Yamba is a stunning place. This swim offers a beautiful location with terrific beaches. Excellent way to get oneself feeling good again after Christmas indulgences. There is a good alternative course, in relatively sheltered waters, if conditions close out the ocean beach. With its picturesque beaches and pristine surrounds Yamba always puts on a show, so bring friends and family along to a day filled with excitement and community involvement.

Start Date:
02/01/2017 View more details

Yamba River Markets

The Yamba River Markets are on the fourth Sunday of the month, located at Ford Park on the foreshores of the beautiful, scenic Clarence River. There's always something new at the Yamba River Markets, which feature around 80 stalls, and more in the peak seasons. It's the best way to spend a Sunday morning in the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. The stalls range from fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, plenty of food stalls including Asian foods, second hand furniture, books, jewellery, clothing, arts and craft among many others. The market features local and regional food and provides free live entertainment, showcasing local emerging talent as well as touring bands and musicians in a village atmosphere.

Start Date:
25/09/2016 View more details

Yamba Triathlon Festival

Yamba is becoming NSW’s own North Coast festival with a difference and 2017 will be no exception with the ever popular triYamba Triathlon Festival. With stylish village charm, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants, Yamba is a unique holiday or lifestyle experience for the family. Explore the myriad of waterways, stroll the uncrowded beaches, go swimming, fishing or surfing but most of all discover Yamba’s friendly hospitality all year round. Yamba is situated at the mouth of the Clarence River in Northern NSW, the biggest river on the east coast of Australia. Location, location, location. Located just hours from Brisbane, and even closer from the Gold Coast and only a two hour flight from Sydney (via Grafton), this sea side town has a relaxed lifestyle with access to all services and is within easy reach of Ballina, Lismore and Grafton. Get ready for an awesome weekend with an event for all ages and motivations whether it's your first triathlon or a seasonal triathlete.

Start Date:
29/04/2017 View more details

Yamba Twilight Street Markets

The Yamba Twilight Street Markets is an annual market event held on New Years Day from 4pm to 8pm. Coldstream Street, Yamba is closed to traffic for this community event. There will be lots of stalls featuring Rotary's Chocolate Wheel. jewellery, clothing, arts and craft, hot and cold foods, fresh produce and gourmet products, drinks among many others. It's a great holiday atmosphere and the best way to spend New Years Day during the twilight evening in the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. The markets are organised by the Rotary Club of Yamba. For further details or if you are interested in having a stall, please contact the organisers on the phone number or email address provided.

Start Date:
01/01/2017 View more details