Dave Thomson

I grew up in Armidale and have travelled into the Upper Macleay valley since I was 15 – that’s just on 30 years ago now!

My favourite spot is Georges Junction where the Armidale-Kempsey Road leaves the Macleay River. This is where the wild river begins and where Bass Lodge is located. I’ve loved it since my very first visit. But if you’re only going to do one thing while you’re here, I recommend a drive to Georges Junction via Bellbrook. The road hugs the Macleay River for about 50km.

I love fishing, canoeing and adventuring, and my life goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the mighty Maclear River.  There’s always so much to learn. Amazingly, the Macleay River in full flood at Bass Lodge raises the height of the river by over 17metres. It has no weirs or man-made barriers along its entire length.

The best thing about living in the Macleay is the environment. Clear skies, warm climate, magnificent beaches, clear-flowing rivers and true wilderness. A place where you canoe on a pristine river for three days and not see other people has to be good!

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