Clarence Town is one of those small towns that are a bit of a surprise. There is lots of heritage in Clarence Town and although a diversion is required, take it. Clarence Town is encounted when traveling the Newcastle to Dungog (or vice versa) route.

The area was originally inhabited by the Wanaruah Aboriginal people who called it Erringhi. There is a hotel in the main street of Clarence Town built in 1913 called The Erringhi Hotel, although the town was still called Erringhi at this time. It was later renamed in 1832 after the Duke of Clarence who became King.


The locality is bisected by the Williams River. The township sits just to the west of the river about 32 km (20 mi) upstream from where it flows into the Hunter River at Raymond Terrace.

Heritage factors are clearly important within this community.


Just out of town a little way is the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary, which cares for mistreated donkeys.

In 2007, devastating floodwaters caused havoc in the Hunter Valley and claimed the lives of 2 people on a bridge into Clarence Town.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches are 100 year plus old buildings. The old wooden Presbyterian likewise is a classic for the era.

The War Memorials are acknowledged at two locations. The main cenotaph near the hotel.

Clarence Town Museum is near the police station. This museum looks to have plenty of history and appeal.

Clarence Town is a nice town with a number of attributes. Allow time to enjoy.

Heritage diary







Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking Jet Boating
  Information   Hospital
  Hang Gliding   Golf Course