Cruising the Clarence River
On our sail from Coffs Harbour to Yamba on the Clarence River. I saw my first water spout!
The sailing was down wind the entire way and Dwayne spent most of the day at the wheel. Crossing the bar into the Clarence River was not the most fun I’ve ever had. We crossed at low tide with a 2.5+ metre swell and blowing 25 knots. We found out later that day that the fishing boats had not gone out that day… and if the fishing boat don’t cross the bar, you shouldn’t. Oops!
Anyway, got though safe and sound and went to Yamba. The next day we went for a walk around the town and out to the end of the breakwater… the bar crossing this morning was dead flat with no waves breaking, it would have made for a less stressful crossing! lol.
Next we visited Iluka. They have a small remnant of rainforest which is part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests. The forest was full of birds; we saw a lot them and heard even more, including the ‘whipcrack’ of the Eastern whipbird. The walk took us through to Iluka Bluff where the view was spectacular.
We had a drink at Sedgers Reef Hotel and a walk along the wharf, where we found a great little fish shop selling the freshest prawns. (I’m still trying to work to how to catch prawns!)
The bridge at Harwood lifts to allow larger boats through, so we were able to head up river to explore more of the Clarence River.
Maclean was our first stop. Maclean calls itself “The Scottish Town in Australia” They are very proud of their heritage and you see it everywhere, from the Gallic street names, the painted Tartan Power Poles, and banners in the streets.
We walked to the lookout which gave good views of the river system back towards the ocean and had drinks at the Maclean Hotel with some fellow sailors.
Upstream we visited Ulmarra along with Ty from Sahara. The next morning we had coffee at the café with Ty and Alan Lucas (writer). We then had a look around this quaint little town and checked out a few antique shops.
The wind was forecast at 30-40knots and as we were getting back to the boat the wind hit.
We found protection from the wind downstream at a place called Lawrence. We had a wander around town, had drinks at the pub with Ty and then stayed on for dinner when Dwayne spied pork Shanks on the menu.
Later that week we headed down to Harwood and were joined by Dave, Christine and Lilly from Trufflehound. The ‘Trufflehound’ family joined us for dinner on Thorfinn. Marlin steaks… again!
Under the bridge the next day we headed back to Iluka. And set sail the next day for the Gold Coast. Onwards and upwards!
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