Tourism on Clarence takes off
THERE’S not many places in Australia where you can jump into your boat, cruise down the river and pull into a local pub for lunch.
For holiday-maker Murray Lochhead, the Clarence River and its many uses was the appeal to up and leave Brisbane and head to Seelands.
“The Clarence has the best water in Australia,” he said.
“It’s the second time we have been here now and we loved it so much the first time that we came back.
“It’s the only place around that you can pull into somewhere for lunch and overlook the water.”
Clarence Valley Council deputy manager Des Schroder said that in the past few years Seelands had developed into a new tourism sector with skiers and boaties from all over utilising the area.
“Traditionally we are a coastal tourism area but what we are now seeing is a growth in the Upper Clarence,” he said.
“It’s all part of growing the upper river tourism experience as well as coastal tourism which we are continuing to work on with our Clarence River Way project.”
Local businesses are welcoming an influx of people to the Clarence Valley, with most motels at capacity until the end of the January holidays.
Record numbers of shoppers have poured into the new-look Grafton Shoppingworld centre.