About the region

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Clarence Valley

Clarence Valley history and culture

Grafton is a beautiful city of tree lined streets and graceful early colonial building featuring Victorian and Edwardian architecture on the banks of the mighty Clarence River. Grafton was declared a city in 1885 and many of the buildings are classified by the National Trust including the notorious Grafton Gaol and Christ Church Cathedral.

Maclean is a delightful town on the banks of the beautiful Clarence. Maclean celebrates its Scottish heritage with the Maclean Tartan poles. The charming town centre has lovely boutiques and cafes and restaurants serving fresh local produce.

Yamba enjoys all the enticing qualities of a coastal resort town at the mouth of the Clarence River, with world class beaches and charming cafes, it enjoys mild winters and long summers. Discover Yamba's heritage by retracing explorer Mathews Flinders steps on guided historical Yamba walks.

Location and natures wonders

Just 3 hours south of the Gold Coast, 1 hour north of Coffs Harbour and 2 hours south of Byron Bay, it is not far from anywhere. From Grafton to any beach on our coast is only a 45 minute drive. Or if you want a taste of the cold climate head up the range to Glen Innes Tenterfield and Armidale. Explore the Clarence ‘s amazing range of natural attractions such as Yuraygir National Park near Yamba, Solitary Island Marine Park, Wooli and kayak tours on the Clarence River. Or visit Iluka Bluff and watch the migrating whales.and Angophora Grove walking track Wooli. We have something for everyone.


Trains: the Country Link XPT travels from Brisbane to Sydney and stops at Grafton
Planes: Airports Grafton at and Coff Harbour (Regional Express, Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Qantas).
Buses: Greyhound, Countrylink and other lines service the region.
Taxi: Available in most towns.
Car: Grafton is 610 km (6hr 45 min) north of Sydney and 241 km (3 hrs) south of Gold Coast

Local services

Grafton, Maclean and Yamba have major banks, sporting facilities including swimming pools, gyms, hockey fields, tennis, rugby union, rugby league, AFL, soccer, velodrome, water sports and even boot camps as well as a huge variety of indoor sports. All major churches are represented in the Clarence Valley. There are 19 primary schools and 7 high schools in the area.

About the region

Just 3 hours down the road from the Gold Coast, 2 hours from beautiful Byron Bay and 1 hour from Coffs Harbour, the. Clarence Valley is fast becoming a relocation destination

Clarence Valley FTH Location Map

Big River - Big Country

Whether you’re a surfer, a bushwalker, a rower, a gourmet foodie or a gardener – the Clarence Valley has it all.

Grafton, Maclean and Yamba are part of a commercial and professional hub in Northern NSW, one of the state’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions. The Clarence Valley has a well-established health care infrastructure and a strong and efficient network of community services that can support your training needs.

Become a part of our team – be here for our case presentations, join our Grand Rounds, discuss patient care with our specialists, students, nursing and allied health teams. Be part of a holistic approach to patient-centred care.

The Clarence Valley Regional Training Hub will be able to support your GP training and GP advanced procedural/special skills training in a well-supported environment.

Join us in the Clarence Valley, and we will give you the variety and flexibility in teaching that only a rural setting can.