Accessible Clarence Valley Attractions
Whether you’re in a wheelchair,
you have a bung knee, children in prams or your parents aren’t as agile as they once were ... this guide is for everyone!
What’s within is by no means an exhausted list of accessible places for you to visit here in the Clarence Valley, but we reckon it’s a really good start.
1. Iluka Nature Reserve
A 2.6km, one-way track not to be missed. If mobility is limited, it’s only a short way in to experience the ancient beauty of this world heritage littoral forest.
2. Wilsons Headland Walk
If you are up to something a little more challenging, this 500m natural surfaced and shady track/boardwalk leads you to one of the most stunning Yuraygir National Park headlands and lookouts. On entry to the second car park, there’s a picnic spot and accessible toilet.
3. Gibraltar Range National Parks
Raspberry Lookout is a terrific spot for bird watching with tremendous views over the Bindery-Mann wilderness. Access to the lookout is along a sealed road and the area is wheelchair accessible.
4. Coombadjha Creek
Located in the Washpool National Park, is a small open grass area nestled in the rainforest. There’s a short walk across the creek from the car park. A great spot for nature lovers and bird watchers alike. A very comfortable spot to chill out in the forest.
5. Brooms Head Beach
A sealed, gentle and moderate pathway overlooks the foreshore for
a fantastic view of the ocean and the brooms head bay. Pull up at one of the benches and enjoy watching the pelicans and seagulls come in for their daily feed from the local fisherman.
6. Federation Park Sensory Gardens
Just up from the center of Copmanhurst, staffed entirely by volunteers and designed for ease of use for people in wheelchairs, this beautiful park has covered picnic tables, sensory gardens and a playground for the littlies.
7. Shannon Creek Dam
Not only handy for supplying the Clarence Valley with delicious drinking water, the Shannon Creek Dam is quite spectacular. There’s a completely accessible viewing area from the dam wall, BBQ and picnic area and a 1.4 km track along Shannon Creek. Picnic time!
8. McLachlan and MacNaughton Parks
Maclean waterfront precinct, on the banks of the Clarence River offers easy car parking access in the heart of town. Equipped with concrete pathways, BBQ areas, seating, toilets plus the added benefit of being able to fish off the pontoons, jetty or maybe just take in the sunset with friends.
9. Grafton Regional Gallery
Art lovers rejoice as this quaint heritage building
belies its true treasure as a premier visual arts centre. Manicured gardens, open air courtyard, world class art exhibitions are only the beginning. Ramp access to the entire first floor and main gallery and toilets make it so eas
y to visit.
10. Maclean Lookout
If you are looking for the ease of being able to drive
up in your car to take in some of the Clarence Valley’s best views, Maclean Lookout is for you. This flat viewing area has picnic tables, toilets and views for miles taking in Yamba, Iluka, Angourie and Lake Wooloweyah. Stunning!
11. Yamba Lighthouse
Lighting the way for over 100 years, you get a beautiful
view from the grassland that surrounds the Yamba lighthouse. A perfect spot for a picnic or for gobbling down some local fish and chips. Access to the Lighthouse is 100m over a large flat grassy field from the nearby car park.
12. Ford Park, Yamba
One of the best pathways to take in the beauty of Yamba.
Enjoy 2kms of flat, sealed pathway along the Clarence River - Yamba Marina to the end of the breakwater - with fishing pontoons, BBQ areas, toilets and exercise equipment along the way. Picnicking is highly encouraged!
13. Woody Creek Trail
Discover the shimmering wetland of Everlasting Swamp – a top spot for bird watching. This 5km flat, family-friendly trail is ideal for 4X4 prams but is not wheel chair accessible. Take your binoculars and a picnic rug. Avoid after rain – splodge-splodge soggy!
14. Beach Access
Did you know you can book a beach wheelchair from Woody Head campground, Calypso Caravan Park, Brooms Head Caravan Park and Minnie Water Caravan Park? Main Beach, Yamba also has a ramp and sealed moderate path to the ocean pool. How good is that?!
15. Iluka’s Coastal Pathways
For those who want to keep busy! Check out the moderate sealed path that follows the river from Charlie Ryan Park to the jetty. Smell fresh ocean air along the 100m asphalt path out along the breakwater or there’s the 100m gently sloped crushed gravel path to the lookout.
16. South Grafton Jetty
If you take a peek over the levee wall in South Grafton you will find not only some of the best views of Grafton’s ‘bendy bridge’ at sunset, but also easy vehicle access to the river. This place makes sightseeing, bird watching or fishing from the pontoon an easy option.
If you fancy seafood head out to Wooli where you can buy oysters fresh from the river. While you’re there, take a drive around the quaint village nestled between the river and the sea, then wander along Wooli’s 2km sealed gently sloped pathway that follows the peninsula to the river mouth.
18. Public Pools and Playgrounds
We’ve got a few! South Grafton Indoor Pool has a hydrotherapy pool with ramp access – wheel chair provided. South Grafton and Yamba pools also have step access and chair lifts. There’s toddler pools at Grafton, Maclean and Yamba. Some great parks include Honeyman Park in Wooloweyah, Lions Park Yamba, Brooms Head Holiday Park playground, Alex Bell Park South Grafton and Barnier Park in Junction Hill.