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 at each and every location.
You’ll want to take your time at each and every location.
South Grafton, a refreshing contrast to the modern architecture that dominates many established cityscapes these days. The combination of history and modern art truly makes this side of town unique in it’s own right.
> The main street preserves it’s heritage buildings beautifully and showcases effortlessly the unique design and styles from the turn of the century
> Keep an eye out for the colourful murals throughout the Main Street and along the river, though you shouldn’t have too much trouble spotting them as the pop of colour make them a hard one to miss!
> Grab a tea or coffee and a bite to eat from one of the local cafes in town and enjoy the Clarence River views.
Buccarumbi marks the junction of the Nymboida and Boyd Rivers, making for a perfect spot to stop off and get a remarkable view of your surroundings. There are several spots along this route that make for an ideal overnight camp. Buccarumbi, Dalmorton and Mann River Campground all offers brilliant riverside and bush camping options.
Dalmorton was once a booming gold mining area and housed several thousand residents, though now is a quiet village. It is the “gateway” to the Historic Tunnel – you’ll know it when you see it, cut into solid rock by hand back in 1868.
Jackadgery was an old gold mining town and sits closely to the stunning Mann River and some truly spectacular country side. You might want to give the good ol’ Mann River a visit and see if you can find anything glimmering beneath the water…
Grafton is blessed with broad avenues and magnificent architecture and can be explore in your car or simply on foot on the abundance of walkways scattered all throughout town.
> Walk back in time while following the Grafton Heritage Trail – Discover endless history and the extensive amounts of building that still stand to this day, some even still carrying out their original purpose.
> Discover the abundance of trees that line the streets – Grafton’s Jacaranda Trees are most popular in mid October and early November as streets and parks are transformed as the trees explode in all their purple glory. Another fan favourite are the Giant Fig Trees which are a key feature around town, you may even find yourself under Fig Tree Avenues' canopy.
> Take a stroll along the walkway below the Old Grafton Bridge – you’ll get magnificent views of the Clarence River and Susan Island.
Such a classic drive!
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