Clarence River
Clarence River
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,960 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If like us, you are doing a NSW coastal road trip, it’s worth a detour to see the Clarence River at some point.
It’s the largest river on the eastern coast with over 100 islands. It winds its way south through Grafton and Maclean and on to Yamba and is so big that early explorers wrongly thought it must lead to an ‘inland sea’ and spent years chasing this myth.
We pulled off the Pacific Highway at Yamba where the river mouth meets the Pacific Ocean.
The most scenic point is from the lookout at the top of Clarence Head, where the two lighthouses stand. From here, you look down over the river mouth, Turners Beach and the rocky break-water walls.
There’s also a brightly coloured red and yellow information board that provides the indigenous Goorie story of the giant eel and the creation of the Clarence. This is stop #7 on the Aboriginal Tourist Drive which has 13 stops around the Maclean and Yamba areas.
Written 24 March 2024
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Ray R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We also took a trip to nearby Brooms Head. It is a pretty spot. We used to camp there many years ago, when our children were young. The lagoon there is a wonderful and safe place for the kids to go exploring.
Written 28 September 2022
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Barney33
Melbourne Australia370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
As we crossed the Clarence River bridge we saw to our right caravans parked on the riverbank in the showgrounds. Entered via the big double entrance and saw info on the amenities block.
Camping is unpowered, toilets and water available. $10 pn. Honesty box or council officer calls in to collect. Grab your own spot. First in best dressed. There is a limit of 10 sites. These start to fill from 2pm. Big oval for a kick of the footy or ball games. 15 min walk into the historic Scottish town of MacLean.
There is some traffic noise as the trucks cross the timber bridge. But a beaut camp spot.
Written 21 August 2016
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Bull W
Iluka, Australia20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
We live here and don't want all you others spoiling it. It's quiet without you, I can find places to fish without 15 other people throwing lines around and getting tangled up with me when they catch one. And you keep running into our residents and killing them: our Kangaroos have names and eat off our back lawn. Stay away. Your boats make waves. i don't like it when you spoil that perfect reflection. DO NOT COME HERE.
Written 20 May 2015
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1_Aussie_Wanderer
Brisbane, Australia65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
I must admit that any regional area with good access and a magnificent river will win me over every time. As in most country area's the town's people and local character is usually warm and welcoming.
Written 18 October 2021
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PeterMatheson
Maclean, Australia60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
...which tells you about the length as well as the width... i live ten kms from the mouth, where there are great beaches, surfing and fishing...
and up the valley there's cane farming and river prawns...
The Mighty Clarence is a great place for fishing
Written 12 February 2019
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Therese F
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
Lovely to see the river from Maclean as well as at its mouth in Yamba. Ferries at various spots. Extremely wide by the time it gets to Yamba. Very scenic.
Written 9 November 2017
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PamF47
Newcastle, Australia425 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Couples
To enjoy a coffee adjacent to this big river visit Ferry Park at the Maclean turn off. Olivers cafe and public toilets plus off highway parking.
Written 26 June 2017
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Eric M
Greater Sydney, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
You will be beside your self with this amazing River and its Hotels, Motels and Caravan parks that are second to none.
The river at Maclean is nearly a kilometer wide and boasts great fishing all year.
The people of the Clarence River are a very friendly mob and will go out of their way to help or just have a chin wag.
The beaches at Yamba and Angourie are great .
Written 23 May 2017
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Heather G
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This is a very impressive river - stunning views along all the riverside roads, every curve has a different vista. Boats hauled up on the banks for work, wide cultivated fields, green grassy stretches, thick scrub and lots of pretty buildings and small villages. And the river itself is just completely relaxing to watch, the passing parade of fishermen, waterbirds and various types of boats - and the reflections! Honestly, if you can't find something to love about this river, you're not trying
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Written 10 May 2017
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