Clarence River Paddle (4day / 85km)

Clarence River, NSW, Australia: The Clarence River is the second longest river in Australia and stretches over 400km from its source in the neighbouring state of Queensland. The river cascades along vast expanses of farmlands for the majority of its length before emptying into the ocean at the coastal town of Yamba.
The Clarence River was first inhabited by the indigenous Australians, and first discovered by escaped convicts of the European settlement. The river also houses Woodford Island, the largest inland island in the Southern Hemisphere.
A rural paddling destination that brings peace and tranquility a little bit closer.

*Make sure to read Trip Preparation before commencing any journey as it contains valuable information about planning your paddle

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WHERE
• Nearest Major City:   Brisbane, QLD
The Clarence River is located on the New South Wales North Coast near the township of Grafton, 250km / 155miles South of the major city of Brisbane.

ROUTE
• Copmanhurst to Maclean

DISTANCE
• 85km / 56miles

TIME / DAYS
• 5 days (4 days paddling)

ACCOMMODATION
Rest Point Family Hotel, Copmanhurst
Clarence River Bed & Breakfast, Seelands
Fitzroy Motor Inn, Grafton
Brushgrove Hotel, Brushgrove

TRANSPORT
• Drive to Maclean which is 3½ hours from Brisbane by car.
• Public Transport:  Bus
Departs Maclean to Copmanhurst (Hamilton Park), with a bus change at Grafton.
*Busways have 2 different timetable schedules, each for school days and school holidays. Timetables can be found at: busways.com
* Alternatively, if you have the option of two cars, leave one at Maclean and drive the other to Copmanhurst to begin.

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DAY 1
• Arriving at Copmanhurst

ACCOMMODATION
Rest Point Family Hotel

NOTES
• Arrive at Maclean, park your car and and board the bus into Grafton for a changeover to Copmanhurst. Or if you have a second car, head to Copmanhurst.

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DAY 2
• Copmanhurst to Clarence River Bed & Breakfast

DISTANCE
• 27km / 16miles

ACCESS SITES
• Sandy Beach / Boat Ramp, Copmanhurst
• Boat Ramp / Wharf, Clarence River Bed & Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION
Clarence River Bed & Breakfast

NOTES
• There is a few small islands on the journey from Copmanhurst, so be sure to pull over for a bite to eat and a drink stop.
• There are a few shallow spots on the river between Copmanhurst and Clarence River Bed & Breakfast, but can be easily avoided if on the lookout for them.

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DAY 3
• Clarence River Bed & Breakfast to Grafton

DISTANCE
• 16km / 10miles

ACCESS SITES
• Boat Ramp / Wharf, Clarence River Bed & Breakfast
• Boat Ramp / Sandy Beach, Grafton

ACCOMMODATION
Fitzroy Motor Inn Hotel

NOTES
• Susan Island is located directly across from the town of Grafton. The island is comprised of lush rainforest at one end, and bushland at the other. Take a walk along the walking trail on the island to see the flora and fauna of the rainforest.
• There is a large bat colony near Susan Island, and it did surprise us a little to be paddling underneath them. A cool feature to add to the trip.
• There is a large selection of accommodation in Grafton, that are all equally pleasant. Be sure to book one close to the river.

grafton sunrisechurch graftonDAY 4
• Grafton to Brushgrove

DISTANCE
• 21km / 13miles

ACCESS SITES
• Boat Ramp / Sandy Beach, Grafton
• Boat Ramp / Wharf, Brushgrove

ACCOMMODATION
Brushgrove Hotel

NOTES
• There is a shipwreck on the opposite riverbank from Grafton, under the bridge. The S.S Induna lies there and is famously known to taking Winston Churchill from South Africa to England during the Boer War.
• Stop off at Ulmarra for lunch and ‘take a walk down memory lane’ through the charming small town. The Ulmarra Hotel is the pick for lunch.
* Check GPS for reading of 10km.
• The boat ramp at Brushgrove is quite slippery. Use the wharf if possible.

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DAY 5
• Brushgrove to Maclean

DISTANCE
• 21km / 13miles

ACCESS SITES
• Boat Ramp / Wharf, Brushgrove
• Wharf, Maclean

NOTES
• Through a recommendation, we travelled the South Arm section of the Clarence River. A much nicer, scenic and, apparently quicker. But a much narrower corridor which makes for a lovely paddle.
• Be on the lookout for the obscure looking bridge at Maclean. The MacFarlane Bridge is an American built bridge and when the bascule bridge was operational, used counterweights to open a section of the bridge.
• Underneath the bridge is a very shallow section of rocks. Be sure to stay wide and navigate around them.

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