Before starting on this scenic drive spend time at Grassy Head Reserve, walk to the lookout with a view over the former mouth of the Macleay River. After a flood the river redirected towards South West Rocks where a new entrance was created, causing the former mouth to silt over. After the walk, swim or picnic start on this scenic drive which takes in the best that Yarriabini National Park and Way Way State Forest has to offer visitors. Drive via dirt roads to The Pines Picnic Area where the stands of hoop pine and flood gums give an ethereal feel to the picnic area. Facilities include free gas barbecues, campfire pit with hot plate, sheltered picnic tables and composting toilets. Adding to the spiritual feel of the picnic area is an Aboriginal Dreamtime Storyboard and matching mosaics. Visitors are rarely alone as lace monitors are often seen climbing the trees and many birds can be heard calling including glossy black cockatoos, rainforest pigeons, square-tailed kites and wompoo fruit doves. Take a stroll through the nearby rainforest following the creek bed. Stop at the Mount Yarrahapinni Lookout with breath taking views of the Macleay Valley Coast. On a fine clear day often during winter there are views from Stuarts Point to Crescent Head and west to the hinterland. Keep an eye out for swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos along the roads.
Follow these instructions to enjoy the Yarrahapinni Scenic Drive:
Commence at Grassy Head Reserve 32kms, or from Kempsey 64km. Bitumen & mostly gravel, causeways & bridges are prone to flash flooding.
Travel 32kms north of the Kempsey, following the Pacific Highway through Frederickton, Bellimbopinni and Clybucca. Turn right into Stuarts Point Rd using the directions for Tourist Drive 14 to reach Grassy Head Reserve.
Return to Grassy Head Rd and cross into North Kinki Spur Rd (do not take Kinki Spur Rd). Take the right fork into Jimmy’s Ridge Rd at the 3.5km Grassy Head sign and cross three causeways to reach Pines Picnic Area for a dreamtime storyboard and mosaics.
Next, continue the drive left into Way Way Creek Rd, cross four causeways and two bridges, then turn left into Tower Rd to reach Mount Yarrahapinni lookout.
Retrace Tower Rd, turn left into Rosewood Rd, then left into Albert Dr, which takes you back to the Pacific Highway.
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