Along the Clarence River

Defined by a network of rivers, World Heritage National Parks and spectacular coastline, The Northern Rivers region stretches from Grafton all the way to Tweed Heads. The region boasts hundreds of small seaside and rural villages awash with culture and no area is more picturesque then the Clarence River.

Starting in Coffs Harbour, turn off into the Ulidarra National Park. Beautiful palm-fringed rainforests and majestic old eucalyptus trees provide a stunning backdrop for the meandering Orara Way taking you to Glenreagh, the oldest village in the Orara Valley. This town has retained much of the atmosphere from its early years as a gold mining and timber area and the Glenreagh Memorial Museum, located in the School of Arts building, has captured this pioneering world wonderfully.

You can continue to follow the Orara Way to Grafton, located on the banks of the Clarence River and renowned for its Jacaranda trees and heritage architecture. Schaeffer House Museum exhibits the treasures of the Clarence River Historical Society in a glorious century-old homestead. The gracious Prentice House, built in 1880, has also gained a modern purpose: now being the location of Grafton Regional Art Gallery. The Gallery holds the largest collection of artworks on the North Coast of New South Wales and presents over 40 exhibitions and 70 programs and events each year.

Only 10 minutes drive away, Alumny Creek School Museum set in magnificent grounds, is a beautifully restored school museum; a tribute to the bygone era of one-teacher schools of the 1930s.  

After taking in quaint Alumny Creek, follow the Clarence to Lawrence Museum. The museum is housed in the former 2NR Broadcasting Station building under the tall radio transmitting mast that has been a landmark in Lawrence since 1936.

Then its back to the coastline and Yamba. Explore the historical highlights and landmarks such as the Flinders Well, Yamba Lighthouse, and the Yamba Historical Museum. This award-winning museum offers a journey of discovery of Yamba's strong maritime history.

For more information about the Clarence area visit www.clarencetourism.com or Visit NSW. For information about Yamba's historical walks go to www.visityamba.com.au


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