Clarence Valley

Livestock Selling Centres

Grafton Saleyards – Armidale Road, South Grafton


  • Whyalla Feedlot – Texas Qld
  • Beef City – Toowoomba QLD
  • Rangers Valley – Glenn Innes NSW
  • Caroona – Quirindi NSW


The Clarence Coast experiences on average rainfall 1200mm per annum with March the wettest month (172mm) and September the driest (48mm). In Grafton the average annual rainfall is 1070mm with variations throughout the valley.


The average daytime temperature during summer is 26°C and during the night is 20°C. Winter average daytime was advised at 19.4°C and night time average was 10°C for the Clarence Coast.

Grafton is approximately 50km inland from the coast and thus can generally experience hotter summer days, cooler winter nights and different wind patterns to the coast.

The Valley generally experiences a mild sub-tropical climate.

About the Clarence Valley

The Clarence Valley Council area includes the Coastal towns of Iluka, Yamba, Maclean, and south to Wooli as well as the city of Grafton and the country villages of Ulmarra, Nymboida, Copmanhurst and Glenreagh.

The Valley has an area of approximately 11,000 square kilometres and the total population is around 50,000.

The most dominant physical feature is the Clarence River which is one of the great rivers of Australia. It flows nearly 400 kilometres from its source in Queensland’s McPherson Ranges and it forms more than 100 islands on its journey to meet the Pacific Ocean between Yamba and Iluka.

The beaches, rivers, mountains and climate combined with the range of educational, cultural and sporting facilities appeal to holiday makers and new residents. The Valley has a relaxed lifestyle and a friendly, local community.

Grafton, a beautiful provincial city famous for its Jacaranda trees, is the commercial hub of the Clarence Valley.

There are many quaint rural villages throughout the Valley and the coastal towns are booming.

Significant Distances

Grafton is approximately 630km north of Sydney; 85km north of Coffs Harbour; 340km south of Brisbane; 145km south of Ballina; 65km south of Yamba; and 45km south of Maclean.


Currently Rex Airlines has direct flights into Grafton Airport (Aerodrome Road, Glenugie NSW 2460). There are also nearby regional airports at Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Lismore.

Passenger rail and freight services from Sydney and Brisbane link to Grafton Railway Station (23 Through Street, South Grafton).

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 Grafton, Iluka, Maclean, Yamba and surrounding villages.

The Pacific Highway (A1/M1) 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 Gwydir Highway (B76) also known as Heritage Way links the tablelands to the coast.

The Summerland Way (B91) is an excellent sealed road between Casino and Grafton with lovely rural views.

The Armidale Road to Grafton is fully sealed scenic route into the Clarence Valley from southwest via Ebor, Hernani, Nymboida, and Coutts Crossing to Grafton.