The Pacific Highway (1) is the major highway accessing the Clarence Valley, linking Sydney and Brisbane along the east coast of Australia. Grafton and Maclean are both situated on the Highway, while Yamba is on the coast, 17km east of Maclean.
The Summerland Way (91) is an excellent sealed road between Casino and Grafton with lovely rural and forest views. It is a shorter, more scenic and more relaxed alternative to the Pacific Highway between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane and provides access to the magnificent hinterland of the Northern Rivers.
The Orara Way – Linking Coffs Harbour and Grafton is the southern section of the Summerland Way. This scenic hinterland drive passes through Nana Glen, Glenreagh and Braunstone. Glenreagh 38kms south of Grafton on the tranquil Orara River, is a must for train buffs. At the Glenreagh Mountain Railway and Historical Museum you can inspect the fully restored Class 1919 steam engine & the tram. With a museum, a great little bakery (renowned for their pies), a general store, hotel and park, Glenreagh is a great stopover on the Orara Way.
The Armidale to Grafton Road is a fully sealed scenic route into the Clarence Valley from the southwest via Ebor, Hernani, Nymboida and Coutts Crossing to Grafton. Nymboida is the place for outdoor adventure in the Clarence Valley. The “wildest” of the valley’s rivers is the Nymboida River, famous for its white-water canoeing and rafting and there are deep tranquil platypus pools right near the highway.
The Gwydir Highway (38) also known as the World Heritage Way provides one of the best links from the tablelands to the coast. The World Heritage Way follows the Mann and Boyd Rivers through some breathtaking country, passes through the lush rainforests of the World Heritage listed Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks linking the historic towns of Glen Innes and Grafton.
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The Clarence Valley is easily accessible by air from major centres with direct flights from Sydney with Rex Airlines (131 713) to Grafton Airport, “Gateway to the Clarence Valley” with taxis available from the airport to Grafton. Qantas, Jet Star and Virgin Blue have daily flights into Ballina/Byron Airport and Coffs Harbour Airport. Yamba is just over an hour’s drive south of Ballina and Grafton is 50 minutes north of Coffs Harbour.
Looking for a transfer from the airport? Check out our list of airport transfer services here.
For information on the Grafton airport check here.
by bus & coach
There are several bus companies servicing the Clarence Valley from major metropolitan and regional cities. Regular route bus services in the Clarence Valley link the major centres of Grafton, Iluka, Maclean and Yamba and surrounding villages.
For a complete list, check out our Bus/Coach Service page.
Countrylink rail services provide access by train and coach from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Moree to Grafton and the towns of the Clarence Valley. The Railway Station is situated in South Grafton.