Grafton > Buccarumbi > Dalmorton > Jackadgery > Grafton
Distance: 337 KM
Drive Time: 8hr 15m
You’ll want to pack provisions and a tent for this excursion deep into the Clarence Valley’s heartland. A winding route forged, in part, by the gold rush of the 1840s. This is a fishing, swimming, kayaking, wilderness-camping wonderland, and you’ll want to take your time.
> Leaving from South Grafton, drive west towards Glen Innes, along the Gwydir Highway. About 8kms out along the road, take a left onto the Old Glen Innes Road. The road is sealed for about 40km, at which point you’ll reach the small locality of Buccarumbi.
> Buccarumbi marks the junction of the Nymboida and Boyd Rivers, making for a very striking outlook. Cross the narrow bridge and you’ll see the remains of its flood-damaged predecessor. The other side is a great spot for a quick picnic and to take in the scene.
> From here on, the Old Glen Innes Road narrows and remains unsealed. Not far out of Buccarumbi, continuing down the road past tall forests of gums you’ll come to the graveyard remains. A little further, and you’ve now made it to the old township of Dalmorton – once a booming gold mining area and housing several thousand residents.
> Another few minutes down the road will see you to the Historic Tunnel. (You’ll know it when you see it). Cut into solid rock by hand back in 1868, the tunnel is a reminder of the fortitude of another era.
> Continue to the west, following the road as it winds alongside the Boyd River, past farmland, and through Dalmorton State Forest through to the Guy Fawkes River National Park. At which point you will make it to Newton Boyd.
> There are several spots long this route that make for an ideal overnight camp, Buccarumbi, Dalmorton, and Mann River Campground all offer brilliant riverside and bush camping options if you want to make a weekend of it.
> You are now at the base of the Great Dividing Range and can now work your way to the top. This section of the road is sealed. Follow the road to the stop, and head east back towards Grafton once you reach the Gwydir Highway.
> From here, continue following the road towards Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks. Both of these offer some fantastic walking tracks, and even some waterfalls! With more time there are trails, look outs and campsites to explore off this main road, including Raspberry and Heffron lookouts. Continue east following the Mann River as it winds around Jackadgery. A half hour from here will see you back to Grafton.