Clarence ideal for cruising
By EMMA CORNFORD
AS they cruise down the Clarence River, Arthur Crabbe and Andy Hogendijk have been drinking in the views ? along with a few glasses of wine and a beer or two.
Mr Crabbe, who lives at Port Stephens near Newcastle, visited the river 18 months ago, sailing from Yamba up to Rogans Bridge. He liked it so much he encouraged his wife and a group of eight friends to accompany him on his next trip.
"I was raving about it when I got back. It's such a beautiful river ? we just can't understand why there's no-one using it," he said yesterday as the group made a stop at the South Grafton marina.
"We've stopped along the way wherever we can to eat at local pubs and restaurants. It's been fantastic.
"It's just amazing to wake up and have a cow drinking from the water right next to your boat."
Mr Hogendijk lives at Ashby, and said the trip was a way to show off the Valley to his friends and encourage more visitors.
"I just want people to see what a great place we have here. A lot of people just don't appreciate how beautiful it is," he said.
The group sailed from Port Stephens last week and arrived at Yamba marina on Wednesday.
Along the way they have stopped at Follbigg Point near Harwood for fresh prawns, the Shed Restaurant at Maclean and the Brushgrove Hotel. They will also visit Lawrence, Ulmarra and Iluka.
And the best part of Mr Crabbe's trip so far?
"The river. Just going along and seeing all the scenery ? it's beautiful."