The Taylors Arm Scenic Drive starts from the birthplace of Slim Dusty, Kempsey leading west through the rolling hills dotted with farms and grazing land to the historic town of Willawarrin. Learn of the towns past by taking a Step Back In Time Willawarrin brochure. Journey through National Park and State Forest to reach the hotel where Slim Dusty and Gordon Parsons wrote the famous song “The Pub With No Beer”. After spending time looking at the Slim Dusty and Country Museum memorabilia at the hotel, drive through more scenic rural countryside to Macksville and the Pacific Highway.
Follow these instructions to enjoy the Taylors Arm Scenic Drive:
150kms bitumen and gravel.
Head north across the Kempsey Traffic Bridge and veer left into Belgrave St. Follow the road across the railway crossing, through two roundabouts, and around to the right into River St which becomes Armidale Rd.
Turn right to Millbank along Hickeys Creek Rd, and continue along the unsealed road before veering right into Sundowner Rd through State Forest. Turn left onto Greenhills Rd, (Detour in place: turn right off Greenhills Road into Bakers Creek Road. There is a two 2 tonne load limit on Young Bridge) then turn left into Taylor’s Arm Rd (this is usually a right hand turn when the bridge is open on Greenhills Rd). Continue along the road to the ‘Pub with No Beer’, which Slim Dusty made famous with his popular country ballad. Next, continue (east) along Taylor’s Arm Road to Boundary St, then veer left and follow the road past the high school and hospital until you reach the Pacific Highway at Macksville. Turn right to return to Kempsey.
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