GRAFTON > JACKADGERY > CANGAI > COPMANHURST > GRAFTON
Distance: 196 KM
Drive Time: 4hr 53m
> Set out from Grafton heading west on the Gwydir Highway (B76). This winding country highway takes you through the small village of Jackadgery where it rests on the edge of the Mann River. The bridge is an epic vantage point to take in views of the river and hills.
> Keep heading west as the road starts its gradual winding up into the Gibraltar Range. At a couple of points there are small roadside bays where you can pull over and get photos looking over and along the snaking watercourse that is the Mann River.
> Turn off the Gwydir at the signs for Cangai. Here you’re on dirt road, but it’s easily traversable by two-wheel drive. Cross the Mann River at Cangai Bridge and if it’s a hot day, this spot is great for a cooling dip. Heading north, following the Mann along the Hanging Rock Road, you eventually come to the imposing Hanging Rock on your right. Just on from this is Broadwater Bridge where you cross wider waters. If you’re feeling peckish at this time, take a break at the Broadwater riverside reserve for a picnic.
> Heading north along Coombadjha Road you slowly wind your way through some truly glorious hinterland vistas. Rolling green hills stretch as far as the eye can see, dotted with the occasional homestead. It’s here you witness the country way of life that the Clarence hinterland embodies. Keep an eye out as you pass any roadside dams or creeks for the gorgeous blue-purple native lilies that bloom during Spring and Summer.
> Following Carnham Road, you soon cross the Clarence River and another opportunity to stop and rest beside a tranquil waterway. Dip your toes into these gentler waters knowing that they will flow south to eventually create the wide and mighty Clarence River.
> Follow Carnham Road until it meets with the Clarence Way at Fineflower. Turn south and travel past a number of quaint rural views. Take a brief stop at Newbold Lookout and appreciate the views of the Clarence River from this elevated vantage spot.
> Before getting back to Grafton you might like to enjoy some good honest country pub grub or just wet your whistle in Copmanhurst.