If ADVENTURE's your thing, the Clarence Valley is the place to be!
Date: May 22 2017 (12:00am)
BRISBANE-based company Adventurethon will be unleashing its new Demolish format for the first time in the Clarence Valley.
The event which is scheduled to take place over the weekend of November 25-26, will comprise multiple extreme sporting legs across the Valley's diverse landscape including Bom Bom State Forest and The Gorge in the Upper Clarence.
Event director Joel Savage said they had been wanting to put on an event for some time where every leg is a stunner in its own right and the Clarence region fitted the bill in every way.
"This event will feature an amazing tour of the place, taking in some challenging but fun mountain biking, adventure running and paddling over two days," he said.
"We want people to bring their families or mates and settle in for some great camping and entertainment with seriously easy logistics and a warm, country atmosphere its heart."
Savage said he had travelled throughout a lot of Australia and said he was "completely blown away by the Clarence Valley".
"We have been checking out potential venues over the last few months and the hardest bit has been trying to figure out what not to include... the area really has some amazing scenery and I actually felt like I was out in the country with no beach in sight and great water flow through the rivers amazing Gorges on the run. It was hard to think I was only three-and-a-bit-hours south of Brisbane at times."
Savage said the people and organisations had been great to deal with during the scouting process.
"Everyone has been really friendly and supportive. The private landowners giving us access for the event were great, the groups of clubs, kayaking club, mountain bike club and council has been really good. They are embracing it, participating in it, they are proud of what their town has. They also appreciate the economic stimulus to the town."
"They can see how smaller towns can benefit and it really feels like it has been getting good reaction. It's also a massive asset for other events looking to come to the area. We even had girl guides and scouts wanting to be involved."
Savage said he first came across this area when it was recommended by someone who had been here.
"It's really a bit of a secret place, it's not as well known as it should be," he said.
"I'd ridden the trails at Bom Bom before and really loved them and thought it was worth further investigation. I've found some beautiful things in the area over the past 12 months. This event will be a bit of a showcase of those things that people might not have seen before. It's all great." area for what it is - a unique small town with a great vibe and great people."
For more information, check out their website: https://adventurethon.com.au/events/clarence-valley/
This article originally appeared in The Daily Examiner 15/4/2017