Clarence Valley infrastructure

Not many locations in Australia are at the centre of three major highways and have a seaport, airport, rail network and a secure water supply - but the Clarence Valley does. Our infrastructure underpins our growing regional economy and sets the foundations for a flourishing business. 


Clarence Valley Regional Airport

Owned and operated by Council, the Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 11km from Grafton and caters for scheduled passenger services, charter traffic and general aviation.

Clarence Valley Regional Airport

Port of Yamba

 The Port of Yamba, at the mouth of the Clarence River, is Australia’s eastern-most seaport. It has customs and quarantine classifications, as well as unrestricted port of first entry for overseas imports status.

The main general cargo berth at Goodwood Island is a concrete decked and piled wharf with a maximum concentrated load of 8 tonnes. Its permissible deck load is 2,600 kg/m², and depth alongside is 7 metres. Vessels more than 100m long can be secured at this berth. The wharf is accessible by Goodwood Island Rd, approximately 10km from the Pacific Highway.

Yamba also features major marina infrastructure, with a network of pontoons available along the Clarence at Maclean, Iluka, Ulmarra, South Grafton and Lawrence that cater for both commercial and leisure craft.

Shannon Creek Dam

The 30,000 megalitre Shannon Creek Dam west of Coutts Crossing supplies water to both the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour regions. 

Classified as an off-river storage reservoir, it sources water from the Nymboida River and is designed to be used during dry periods to provide water security. It also reduces the impact of water extraction from the Orara and Nymboida Rivers during low flows. 

Shannon Creek Dam is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, 9am-3pm, except on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Facilities include BBQs, picnic tables, toilets, car parking and a viewing area on the dam wall. Disabled car parking is available, with wheelchair access to most areas. Because you are visiting a water supply catchment area where our drinking water is stored, please: 

  • don't light fires, camp, fish, swim, or boat on the dam 
  • leave your pets at home 
  • only use formed tracks and roads 
  • don't fly drones. 


Major highways

Being at the convergence of three major highways offers a substantial locational advantage.

Australia’s premier road corridor, the Pacific Hwy is the key road transport network linking the Clarence Valley north to Queensland and south to Sydney. It also forms part of National Route 1, a nationally identified road corridor from Brisbane to Adelaide.

The Summerland Wy is an inland network that provides an alternative highway route between Brisbane, Casino, Grafton and Coffs Harbour.

The Gwydir Hwy is an east-west corridor that links the inland plains to the Clarence via the New England region.

Grafton Regional Livestock Selling Centre

The Grafton Regional Livestock Selling Centre at 267 Armidale Rd, South Grafton is a modern, high quality auction selling centre for the benefit of producers in the Clarence Valley and beyond. 

Grafton Regional Livestock Selling Centre