Still waters of the picturesque Wooli Wooli River

 

The Clarence Valley, located at the southern end of the northern rivers region of NSW, is a place of astonishing beauty and extraordinary cultural diversity. However it is best known for its remarkably hospitable climate, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Whether you’re in Iluka, Yamba, Maclean, Grafton or Wooli, the Clarence Valley is blessed with the perfect weather – the best climate in the world, in fact; and the CSIRO and Stanford University confirm it.

 

 

What makes this weather pure perfection is its location: it’s ideally located in the warm and tropical zone of northern NSW. A typical summer varies from 19 to 30 degrees Celcius while a typical winter ranges from 10 to 20 degrees Celcius. 

 

In the Clarence Valley, there is never a bad time of the year to throw some more of those tasty ocean fresh prawns on the barbecue, or go for a swim at one of the region’s sandy white beaches. Interestingly, it is often warmer in the ocean during July than it is in the summer months, due to a warm current finding its way down the coast. You can have a fantastic holiday there all year round.

 

Sunrise at Wooli River

Sunrise at Wooli Beach

 

Just like Queensland, the Clarence Valley has stunning sunny winters that you can spend outdoors. During summer, though, the north-easterly breeze keeps the region relatively mild in the afternoons, despite its tropical climate. Whereas in Queensland, it gets quite hot.

 

Aside from its perfect climate and stunning scenery, the Clarence Valley is also home to a thriving sugar cane industry that has existed for over 100 years. The industry is a significant contributor to the region’s economy.

 

 

With this in mind, if you are venturing into the Clarence Valley region at nightfall… don’t be alarmed if you see several blazing fires along the drive! The first time I ventured into this region, it was dusk and a fire was taking place rather close to the Pacific Highway. I'll admit that I was rather concerned about this at first, thinking we were driving into a bushfire! However, upon our safe arrival in Wooli, I learned that these fires are no cause for alarm, but simply prescribed burns taking place around the region; a nightly ritual for the Clarence Valley, as a means of quickly removing the trash (dried out sugar cane leaves). These prescribed burns are a common occurrence for the region and cause a ‘smokey glow’ throughout the Clarence Valley.

 

Sugar Cane Fires

Prescribed Burns of Sugar Cane in the Clarence Valley

 

If you venture into the Clarence Valley during the day, you will see the stunning beauty of the region, including the magnificent ancient rainforests, vast winding rivers and sandy white beaches. The thriving rural communities spread throughout the region are fantastic to experience, as too are the teeming marine parks and national parks.

 

 

Outdoor adventures in this region are limited only by your imagination... there are tours, surfing lessons, water-skiing, abseiling, horse-riding and rock climbing, bushwalking and bird-watching. You can play a round of golf with the kangaroos at one of seven golf courses and there's the opportunity to hire a boat with a BBQ on board for a relaxing day out on one of the scenic rivers.

 

Wooli Boat

Boating on the Wooli Wooli river

 

With stylish village-like towns, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants, the Clarence Valley is a unique holiday experience. You can explore the myriad of waterways, stroll the uncrowded beaches, and discover the region’s friendly hospitality all year round. Whether it’s Yamba; voted “the best town in Australia” by Australian Traveller Magazine; Wooli; with its river and ocean appeal; or the friendly inland towns of Grafton and Maclean, you will love everything that the Clarence Valley has to offer.