The Clarence Valley
Angourie National Surfing Reserve
Listed as Australia’s first National Surfing Reserve, the famous Angourie point-breaks sweep onto rocks and can be dangerous for inexperienced board riders. There are many kilometres of open beaches surrounding Angourie which is also renowned for its fresh water Blue & Green Pools, originally a rock quarry that filled with water when a spring was disturbed. The pools are very deep and are a very popular swimming spot. Angourie was the first gazetted National Surfing Reserve in NSW. Go for a walk, swim or surf on one of these beautiful beaches and see for yourself why Angourie is regarded as “the home of soul surfing”. The flat, boulder-strewn headland has been an important meeting place for the Yaegl people for generations who named the place Angourie, which translated to ‘the sound of the wind’.
|Phone:||02 6642 4677|
|Address:||Angourie National Surfing Reserve, Angourie, NSW,|
Bundjalung National Park
Ten Mile Beach forms part of Bundjalung’s 38km of protected coastline. The beaches suit surfing, fishing and swimming and the creeks are popular for canoeing (the beaches are unpatrolled). There’s car-based camping at Black Rocks (unsealed 2WD road). Camping, caravan and cabin accommodation is available at Woody Head. There are picnic areas near Iluka, including Iluka Bluff, which has a great whale-watching lookout and cultural heritage display in the picnic shelter. Join a guide for experience Discovery tour experience.
|Phone:||(02) 6627 0200|
|Address:||Bundjalung National Park, Gap Road, Esk, NSW,|
Grafton Regional Gallery
The premier cultural centre of the Clarence Valley features Prentice House (circa 1880), a fine example of 19th Century residences for which Grafton is celebrated and the state of the art Main and the Loft Galleries. Be sure to visit The Grafton Regional Gallery which is open Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 4pm) and has a permanent collection of over 1,300 works and an annual calendar of more than 40 national and local exhibitions as well as some 80 programs and events. Wander through the gallery set amongst welcoming gardens and spend a few hours visiting. Admission to the gallery is by donation.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 3177|
|Address:||Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, NSW, 2460, Australia|
Iluka Bluff Lookout
This spectacular 360⁰ vista overlooks the tree canopy of Bundjalung National Park at the mouth of the Clarence River to Yamba where pristine coastal beaches offer a birds-eye-view of the rock platform and the ocean. Whales and pods of dolphins are often spotted during July – November as they cruise close to this headland. There is a short moderate walk with steps to the lookout and interpretative wildlife, birds and indigenous culture signage. Toilets and a covered picnic area are located at the start of the walk.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 4677|
|Address:||Iluka Bluff Lookout, Bundjalung National Park, Iluka, NSW,|
Maclean Lookout and Pinnacle Rocks
Visit the Maclean lookout which offers stunning views of the Clarence River and valley below. On a clear day, you can see the coastal towns of Yamba, Iluka and Brooms Head and a stone wheel on the ground indicates where each town is located to assist you get your bearings around the Clarence Valley.
|Address:||Wharf Street, Maclean , NSW,|
Schaeffer House – Clarence River Historical Society
Schaeffer House is the headquarters of the Clarence River Historical Society. The homestead was built by the son of a pioneer German family, Mr F W C Schaeffer, between 1901 and 1903. The house had many owners and was purchased by the Grafton City Council in 1966 and renovated to accommodate the collection of archives and historical items collected by the Society. The Society was formed in 1931 and is the oldest country historical society in NSW. Schaeffer House displays beautiful china, glassware & furniture presented to the Society over the years. Schaeffer House is open 1pm to 4pm each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Also opened for historical research from 9am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 5212|
|Address:||190 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, NSW,|
Yuraygir National Park
65 km of striking cliffs, rocky headlands, isolated beaches and quiet lake systems set against a backdrop of forests, heaths, estuaries and wetlands make Yuraygir the longest stretch of protected coastline in NSW. Plan ahead to take the 4-day Yuraygir Coastal Walk from Angourie to Red Rock or enjoy shorter walks from picnic and camping areas along the route. Join a guide on one of our Discovery tours. There’s car-based and caravan camping within the park.
|Phone:||(02) 6652 0900|
|Address:||Yuraygir National Park, Barcoongerie Way, via Woolgoolga, NSW,|