Things to do in Clarence Town and Surrounds

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Visit Clarence Town

Clarence Town is conveniently located between the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens on the NSW mid-north coast.   We have a vast array of lovely places to visit and things to do right on our doorstep. These are some of our favourite venues and activities in Clarence Town, and surrounding areas.

Check out the bushwalks and hiking trails at Wallaroo National Park and Columbey National Park.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Williams River. Visit the Clarence Town Lions Club Park, Durham St.

Dining options include Farmer’s Wife Distillery, Clarence Town Bowling Club, Erringhi Hotel.

Grab a coffee at Boatfalls Treasures.

Indulge in a drink at Farmer’s Wife Distillery at Allworth (15 mins from Clarence Town).

Places to stay at Clarence Town include Clarries Green, Williams River Holiday Park and Bucketts Way Camp & Stay.


Visit Dungog

Dungog is a picturesque 20 minute drive from Clarence Town.

Check out Dungog Commons where you can mountain bike, bushwalk, trail run, horse riding, nature watching, picnic area.

Explore Vacy, Paterson, Gresford and Stroud. These lovely rural towns worth a visit.

For a comprehensive guide of the area, check out Visit Dungog  for information about places to stay and visit, and things to do in the Dungog Shire.

Hunter Botanic Gardens is only 30 mins from Clarence Town 130 hectares of naturally preserved bushland, volunteer run gardens, including a magical orchid house, rare & endangered plants, extensive Australian plants, palms, succulents and a lovely walking tracks & coffee shop.

Jimmy’s Beach at Hawks Nest is only 40 mins from Clarence Town and absolutely stunning!

Boutique retail shopping at Downling Street.

Tinshed Brewery, Meg’s Kitchen, Stella Bistro are just some of the great eateries.


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Visit Port Stephens

Port Stephens and Nelson Bay are a picturesque 50 minute drive from Clarence Town. The area is famous for whale watching, dolphin cruises, sand boarding, horse riding, fabulous eateries and much more. Visit Port Stephens See and Do for current tour bookings, accommodation & events – there’s always a lot to do at the Bay.

Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary is a haven for sick and injured koalas and those in long term rehabilitation. This sanctuary relies on our support and is well worth a visit. You can also stay there! We sponsor beautiful Maree, she has lived at PSK since 2017 and can never be realised. After being hit by a car, Maree suffered severe nerve damage and lost her vision. She is the sweetest girl and we visit her as often as we can. This essential sanctuary relies on donations, please give if you can – Donate and Adopt a Koala today.

Oakenvale Wildlife Park at Salt Ash is 25 acres of open bushland. Oakvale Wildlife Park has an endless menagerie of Australian native, domestic farm, and exotic animals. It’s well set out an easy to get around, with lots of opportunities to hand feed free roaming animals.


Visit Medowie

Medowie is a picturesque 20 minute drive from Clarence Town.

We love Medowie Social and Medowie Macadamias.


Visit Morpeth

Morpeth is a picturesque 25 minute drive from Clarence Town.

Boydells is a must and we love the Commercial Hotel.

Antique and Old Wares lovers will adore wandering through Morpeth Antique Centre.


Visit Maitland

Maitland is a picturesque 30 minute drive from Clarence Town.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery & Serahine Cafe – free entry.

Maitland Gaol offers a genuine glimpse into the history of one of the state’s most prominent prisons. Unlock the past with a variety of tours and events ready for you to discover.

Walka Water Works – picnic, bbq, recreation and wildlife reserve – free entry.


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Hunter Valley Wine Country

Hunter Valley wine country and the stunning country towns of Pokolbin, Rothbury, Broke and Lovesale are a convenient 1 hour drive from Clarence Town.

Australia’s best vineyards and cellar doors. Visit NSW has a comprehensive list of places to stay and visit in the Hunter Valley. Plus, one of our favourite destinations is the Hunter Valley Zoo.