The Lodge offers free use of canoes within the one kilometre stretch of flat water in front of the camping ground. For the more adventurous, JOIN (Journey Outdoors In Nature) offers a range of canoe tours, starting from a half day trip up to week long all inclusive tours. The Clarence river is the perfect place to learn to canoe with stretches of flat water and rapids ranging from small gravel races to grade 3 rapids.
Clarence River Wilderness Lodge has a number of on-site four-wheel drive tracks and it also adjoins the Yabbra State Forest. The Yabbra State Forest has a series of old logging tracks suitable for four-wheel drive adventures. Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is also located within an easy drive to a number of specialist four-wheel drive parks which offer day entry for all the extreme four-wheel drive enthusiasts.
The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is part of the Old Tooloom Gold Fields where gold was first discovered in 1857. Alluvial gold can still be found in the riverbed and some of the gullies. Old shafts and drives are still in existence. There are shallow diggings with shoring timbers on the northern side of the Orchard Group Camping Area. Frazers Gully, which cuts across the centre of the property, has an old aqua-duct over 1km long, this was cut by hand and used to carry water to the dry diggings. If you would like to try your hand at panning for gold Clarence River Wilderness Lodge has all the equipment available for you to use at no additional charge.
The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge offers a variety of different walks ranging from easy riverside strolls to challenging climbs with magnificent views on arrival. There are a number of established tracks as well as 4000 hectares of wilderness you can discover for yourself. The property is part of the Paddy’s Flat Wildlife Refuge. The Lodge also ajoins the remote Cataract National Park which can also be explored on foot. Steve and Sharon know the area intimately and are both available for guidance with bushwalks.
Bring your mountain bike to the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge for a riding adventure. There are a number of predefined tracks that can be explored on a bike or be adventurous and find your own special piece of the bush to ride into. There are maps available and Sharon or Steve can give you more information on where the best places to explore are.
The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is home to many rare and endangered native species, such as the Brushtailed Rock Wallabies, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Rufous Bettong and the Eastern Cod.
If you are an avid birdwatcher, the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is home to over 160 different types of birds, all of which have been sighted in this area.
Some of the most commonly sighted local birds include the Azure Kingfisher and the Crimson Rosella. A handbook on birds and bird lists are available at the Lodge before setting out on your birding adventure.
Explore our 1 km section of waterhole on a Stand Up Paddleboard that allows you to get up close to the wildlife in the river riparian areas.
SUP’s are available for hire at the office.
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