Clarence Coast, NSW: Destination Guide

The Clarence Coast is located in New South Wales and stretches from Iluka in the North, down through Yamba, Brooms Head, Minnie Water and Wooli. It features 80 kilometres of glorious coastline, including breathtaking beaches, historic towns and villages and some of Australia's best fishing and surfing.

Clarence Coast highlights

The Clarence River

Coastal Scenery

Explore one of Australia's largest waterways, the Clarence River, which passes through many villages before reaching the ocean at Iluka and Yamba. It's the destination for eco adventurers as the upper reaches encompass the largest white water canoe trail in the country. Experience it for yourself by boat cruise, tinny or kayak.

Clarence Coast beaches

Fishing On Beach

The Clarence Coast is known as a surfers' paradise thanks to some of the world's top surf. It boasts some of the best beaches in NSW, whether you're looking for a sandy cove hideaway or the endless stretches of white sands found on Bluff Beach and Angourie beach, which was declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2007.


Lizard In Bush

Alongside the likes of Bundjalung National Park and Chaelundi National Park, the Clarence Coast features a Heritage-listed coastal rainforest at the Iluka Nature Reserve. This natural wonder has over 140 species of birds, which makes it a popular spot for both birdwatchers and walkers alike.

Food and markets

Couple Shopping At Market

Make the most of local markets on your visit, which are hosted throughout the Clarence Coast in the various towns and villages. As well as farmers markets and craft bazaars, you'll find plenty of cafes and restaurants to tickle your fancy - try the Yamba Prawn, Wooli Oyster and other fresh local seafood.

Clarence Coast attractions & accommodation

Iluka: Things to do


Travellers along the Clarence Coast flock to Iluka for many reasons, among them the fishing, surfing and natural wonders. The scenic town is situated at the top of the Clarence Coast and offers visitors a tranquil hideaway surrounded by the Clarence River, beautiful beaches and the Yuragir National Park. It's also home to the largest remnant of littoral rainforest in NSW, the Iluka Nature Reserve, and the Bundjalung National Park, named after the original Aboriginal inhabitants of the area. If your prefer beach life to forest foraging spend the day at Iluka Bluff, an excellent surfing beach with panoramic views.

Iluka: Where to stay

Iluka Holiday Park

Make your base in the heart of Iluka and book a site at the Iluka Riverside Tourist Park on the banks of the Clarence River. Here you can experience the best of the Clarence Coast, fishing from the park's pontoon or river frontage, strolling along the beach or whipping up a seafood feast in the camp kitchen.

Ring 02 6171 3077 now to book accommodation at up to 30% off*.

Yamba: Things to do


If weather is a deciding factor when you plan a holiday then you'll be pleased to know that scientists claim that Yamba has one of the best climates going with temperate winters and long, warm summer's days. Just like in Iluka, the fishing is top notch and there's a choice of spots, from rocky beaches to deep-sea fishing. It also boasts stunning beaches, a peaceful marina and an animated town centre with shopping and seafood galore. If surfing isn't your thing, there's plenty more besides to keep you busy, including a cinema, historical walks, a local museum and a luxury day spa if you're after a splurge.

Yamba: Accommodation

Calypso Caravan Park

Wake up with the Clarence River on your doorstep with a variety of cabin, camping and caravan accommodation available at the Calypso Holiday Park. Enjoy easy access to the eateries and attractions of Yamba itself, the park's own pool, playground and pontoon, as well as a laundry room and Wi-Fi.

Ring 02 6171 3266 now to book accommodation at up to 30% off*.

Minnie Water: Things to do

Minnie Water

Minnie Water is not just an adorable name; it's also a delightful place to visit. The small coastal village is surrounded by the Yuraygir National Park and over 120 species of wildflower have been identified in the surrounding area. This secluded and idyllic location is a popular spot for swimming, picnics and boat launches as it's home to the Minnie Lagoon, but there are also picturesque walks you can take, including along the rock platforms that extend seawards to Rocky Point. Here you'll find a microcosm of marine life such as star fish, sea urchins, coral and sponges and shells.

Minnie Water: Accommodation

Minnie Water Holiday Park

The Minnie Water Holiday Park features cabin, caravan and camping sites set amongst quiet, natural surroundings. It also boasts bushland campground should you prefer a more secluded site during your stay (with the added comforts of clean showers!). The park has a tennis court and pool.

Ring 02 6171 3521 now to book accommodation at up to 30% off*.

Brooms Head: Things to do

Broom Beach

The beachfront village of Brooms Head was originally known as Cakora Point and is affectionately referred to as "The Broom" by locals. As well as fishing, you can launch a canoe on Lake Cakora or explore the undisturbed coastal land of Yuraygir National Park. Brooms Head is only about 20 minutes' drive from the highway and the views from the headland have to be seen to be believed. It serves the perfect vantage point for dolphin watching.

Brooms Head: Accommodation

Brooms Head Caravan Park

You can't get any closer to the beach than the Brooms Head Caravan Park. Stay in a spacious hilltop cabin or park your caravan on a site with a view.

Ring 02 6171 3247 now to book accommodation at up to 30% off*.

Wooli: Things to do


The coastal village is sandwiched between the Wooli River and the Pacific Ocean, so rest assured you'll never be too far from water during your visit. It has a close-knit community who are incredibly welcoming to travellers in search of peace and quiet in this tranquil part of New South Wales. Wooli is the gateway to the Solitary Island Marine Park, which covers idyllic beaches, headlands, reefs and rocks. If you're looking for wildlife you'll find it in abundance on the banks of the Wooli River, including kangaroos, emus and kingfishers. It's the perfect spot for a picnic before an afternoon of golf or fishing.

Wooli: Accommodation

Wooli Holiday Park

While Wooli may be a calm retreat, the Wooli Camping & Caravan Park offers a social hub for holiday-makers passing through. Set yourself up with riverside accommodation and enjoy the atmosphere before turning in for the night with the sounds of the Wooli River to send you into a peaceful slumber.

Ring 02 6171 3753 now to book accommodation at up to 30% off*.

Clarence Coast Holiday Parks

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