A mariner's guide to the Clarence River
We acknowledge the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl people, past and present. We honour and respect their unique connection to this waterway.
Ahoy! Casting Off - What you'll find inside
First things first! This guide does not provide visiting mariners with detailed navigation of the Clarence River, and we highly recommend you get your hands on the appropriate electronic charts, or Chart No. 222 of the Clarence River and Approaches, for accurate depths of the river system.
This guide is a more expansive affair – combining practical information on marinas, jetties, pontoons, provisioning, hazards, bridges and the like – with some general recommendations about places you may wish to step ashore and explore, as you make your way up this glorious river.
We’ll resist the temptation to bang on about how epic the Clarence River is, and what it has to offer, because it’s this guide’s job to facilitate that discovery for yourself. Simply put, the broad waters of the lower river are ideal for sailing, boating or fishing, and the upper reaches and the many tributaries offer excellent canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities.
We hope you find this guide helpful and enjoyable, and welcome to the Clarence River, we’re thrilled you’re here!
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Part of me wants to keep it a secret,
part of me wants to tell everyone I know,
the Clarence Valley is paradise.