Breathtaking views, unique places and events and meeting some of the Clarence Valley’s special characters is what around 9 million viewers will see on Monday night when they tune in and watch the final episode of ABC TV ‘Back Roads’ featuring the Clarence River and Valley.
The 8 part series lead by Canberra political reporter Heather Ewart, a country girl herself have travelled to every state in Australia.
The final episode features a river journey down the Clarence and begins about one hour north of Tabulam with an opening shot at the Clarence Wilderness Lodge.
The ABC production crew of four were filming in and around the Clarence River for 10 days last October and were fortunate to have picture perfect post card days, ‘Mother Nature’ on her best behaviour.
The crew continue their river journey down the Clarence to Tabulam and Baryulgil where they attend a bull sale at Yulgilbar Station, then down through the Clarence Gorge where they meet up with Trevor and Neil Winters who take Ms Ewart on a fishing journey.
The following day the ABC team land in South Grafton and attend the opening event of the Jacaranda Festivals ‘Culture on The Clarence’ and meet South Grafton School of Arts Manager Skye Sear for an interview.
From here it is across the bridge and the obligatory tour along the Jacaranda lined streets and a visit to the horses being swum in the Clarence River at Corcoran Park.
Iluka Marina is their next stop where they board the Iluka ferry for a trip across the Clarence to Yamba.
During the filming they brought in a qualified drone operator from Adelaide who captured some of the most extraordinary footage ever seen of the region.
None of the ABC TV crew had heard of this region before and were stunned NSW had its own version of Kakadu.
The final episode of ABC ‘Back Roads’ goes to air at 8pm on Monday, January 18, ABC TV 1. It can then be viewed on ABC IVIEW.
The person we have to thank for this opportunity to showcase the Clarence River to the rest Australia is ABC North Coast Joanne Shoebridge who pitched the Clarence River to the producers.