Anchorages on the Clarence River
Reviewed Mar 2016
Don't cut the corner going into Iluka Harbour, there's a few shallow spots! Then head towards the Co-op, go along the wall and into the bay, there is a deep hole in the middle. Good holding in mud. Clarence River Fisherman's co-op often has berths available at Iluka - Phone 02 6646 6116. They sell diesel, have a chandlery, and good fish and chips!
To have Harwood Bridge opened, call 02 6682 8388. They request at least 24 hours notice, they need details of the vessel, mast height and a contact. No cost. You may have to wait for opening, or may go through quickly, it changes each time. Height closed is 8.5m, open 36.5m HWS. Call the same operator for opening Wardell Bridge on the Richmond River upstream from Ballina.
Anchorage is good either side of Harwood Bridge, however the current can be very strong and if you anchor near mangroves you may find the mozzies as well! Up river is the Harwood Hotel Jetty and a new floating pontoon.
Maclean: The jetty is easily seen when approaching. At present there is power and water available. The local council operates the jetty, the sign notes a maximum stay of 24 hours. The rules do change and the locals will advise the latest! Cruisers have been known to leave their vessel anchored on the river here, best holding is opposite the township.
Grafton: Large provincial city famed for its annual Jacaranda Festival, has all facilities. Grafton Bridge has a clearance of 6.6m only and does not open for masted vessels. Anchor in mud near the Pound Street Jetty where you may be able to tie up your dinghy. The wooden jetties opposite Elizabeth Island are a very long walk to the town centre.