The Clarence Valley
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Whether you hail from the city or the country, the Clarence Valley will make you feel right at home. For a holiday destination with all the conveniences of a modern thriving city at your finger tips that manages to retain its unique character and all the charm of a country town, then steer your campervan rental to the north east coastal region of New South Wales and follow the signs to the Clarence Valley. The region is ideally suited to a driving tour holiday as it offers the best of both worlds, big city services with small town hospitality.
Of all the towns in the Northern Rivers region, Grafton is perhaps the most opulent, with its grandiose 19th century architecture, stately tree lined avenues and boulevards, it is a testament to the wealth and prosperity of the timber industry which once dominated the entire region. This makes it a particularly interesting place to tour while on your campervan hire holiday in the region.
Somehow, despite all the stately outward appearances, the city of Grafton manages to retain an intimate country charm and character. The city is planted with over 6000 trees which line the streets and fill the numerous public parks. The biggest of these parks is located on the banks of the Clarence River which makes it a gorgeous place to take a picnic lunch close to all the conveniences of a big city.
While in Grafton visitors can walk through the town enjoying the lovingly preserved heritage buildings. The Grafton regional gallery in the beautifully restored Prentice House is the place to go for a great bite to eat as well viewing some of the best regional artwork anywhere in Australia.
Yuraygir National Park
Bounded on one side by 60km of beautiful golden sandy beaches this park contains striking cliffs, rugged headlands, secluded beaches and quiet lakes which are surrounded by forests, heaths and wetlands spread over a 30,000 hectare area.
Take a self guided tour along the many walking tracks, or make use of the BBQ and picnic areas dotted throughout. There are many ways to enjoy this spectacularly beautiful location. The convenience of having one of our campervan rentals will make this holiday seem like a dream come true. With the rugged rainforest and undisturbed nature outside, the well appointed full equipped interior of cabin will allow you to relax with a home style meal and watch a DVD as the sun goes down.
Visitors wishing to stay overnight will find car-based and caravan camping at Red Cliff, Lake Arragan, Sandon River and Illaroo. Visitors to the park will need to purchase a vehicle day pass for a nominal fee. Pay and display machines are located inside the park, these require correct coins. Annual passes are available online.
The small charming village of Copmanhurst overlooks the Clarence River and his home to numerous artists whose studios are open to the public. It is a great spot to stock up on supplies or have a counter lunch and share a beer with some of the colourful locals. The district has a great range of scenic drives suitable for your campervan rental vehicle that will take you through the picturesque hinterland. The loop drive that follows the Gwydir Highway past Jackadgery, the Mann River, Cangai or Broadwater Bridge crosses the Clarence River and heads towards Clarence Way. Visitors driving a 4WD can take the drive to Camelback Mountain and Mount Marsh.
Mount Hyland Nature Reserve
Mt Hyland is comprised of three separate peaks that are shrouded in cool temperate rainforest, and at 1400m it is one of the highest points on the New England Plateau. A 3km sign posted loop walk will guide you through the sassafras and mountain walnut covered rainforest. Various sign posts along the route will introduce interesting features of the park. Various lookouts along the trail and at Vista Point offer breathtaking views across the Dorrigo plateau. A shady picnic area is also provided where you may choose to picnic in the great outdoors, or simply retire to your campervan hire vehicle and enjoy a meal prepared in the relative comfort and convenience of a fully equipped kitchen.
Approximately half way from Grafton to Woolgoolga the Pacific Highway crosses through this region of State Forest and National Park. With the Great Dividing Range on one side and the sparkling coastline on the other this stretch of highway has particularly diverse scenery. The fertile land of this region has resulted in a thriving horticulture industry with many fruits, vegetables and flowers successfully grown here in abundance. All throughout this region you will find roadside stalls selling the local produce such as grapes, bananas, blueberries, avocados, raspberries and apples just to name a few. Gourmet food lovers should make a point of steering their campervan rental towards Halfway Creek to stock up on fresh local produce for your next meal.