Dragon Boat Regatta

Major Sponsor - Clarence Valley Council

Welcome to the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races page. Here you will find all the information that will help you enter this great community fun day. If you would like to know more information about the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races please contact us. 


The regatta is held at the end of October or beginning of November and coincides with the local Jacaranda Festival 

Dragon boats are long narrow craft propelled forward by 20 paddlers. Each boat has a steerer or sweep to guide the boat and a drummer to assist and encourage the paddlers. This is a team sport where the fastest boat will ultimately be the team who work best together as one. While it is true that a physically strong team is often hard to beat, a team with great timing will usually reign supreme. Team work and timing is really what gets these boats racing through the water. 

The first Dragon Boat Races were held on the Clarence River in 2003. Each year since, the event has grown with over 30 teams now competing over various categories. The Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races are held in late October, a time when the area’s many jacaranda trees are in full bloom. With the river front abuzz with the sights, sounds and colours of over 1500 people, this event is a huge visual spectacle. 

Congratulations to all our previous regatta participants and thank you to everyone for your participation and support:

And a very big thank you to our generous sponsors: Clarence Valley Council, Crown Hotel Motel, Liberty Service Station, McLennan Earthmoving, Harvey Norman - without your support we would not be able to run this regatta. Your continued support is very much appreciated.