This drive takes you to lush rural farm and river-frontage land west of Kempsey. Starting from the internationally renowned Glenn Murcutt designed Val Melville Centre the drive also includes two scenic lookouts, two river crossings of the Macleay River, a walk along the Macleay River and a view of the historic Euroka Church.
Follow these instructions to enjoy the Kempsey Rural Scenic Drive.
From the Visitor Information Centre at South Kempsey, turn left onto Lachlan St which becomes Lord St and drive 1.6km to the Rudder Park lookout on your left. Turn left back onto Lord St and cross the bridge, veering left onto Belgrave St at the traffic lights. Take a left into John St, then left at Eden St and enjoy the pretty picnic area at Riverside Park, next to the car park on your right.
Next stop is the Euroka Lookout. Return to Eden St, turn left to follow the road beneath the railway bridge and around into Tozer St. Turn left at the roundabout into Elbow St and follow the road as it swings to the right and becomes River St. Drive past the hospital and find the lookout located on your left, opposite Leith St.
Continue along River St as it transitions into Armidale Rd, turn left at the Airport sign into Sherwood Rd and continue across Sherwood Bridge before turning left into Gowings Hill Rd. Drive for 12km and turn left into Mary’s Bay Rd. At the Euroka Rd intersection, turn right and go past historic Euroka Church taking in the views across to West Kempsey.
Euroka Rd turns sharply into West St. Turn left into Bloomfield St, drive past Melville High School and the PCYC and continue over the railway line and up the hill back to Lachlan St.
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