Old Glen Innes Road and the Historic Grafton Tunnel

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For those who want to explore a place out of time, the Old Glen Innes Road, between Grafton and the tablelands, offers tourists a rare view. This is the land of flowing waters and steep escarpments, dry ridges and lush, dark valleys. The Orara, Nymboida, Boyd, Guy Fawkes, Henry and Mann rivers all cross this historic route before they feed into the mighty Clarence River.

The Old Glen Innes Road was constructed using civilian labour during the 1800s. One highlight is the short tunnel carved out of the rock a few kilometres west of Dalmorton. Scrawled upon its ceiling is graffiti dating from the 1880s, written in black paint, each figure finished with a curl which is typical of the era.

Heading west out of South Grafton puts you onto the Gwydir Highway. Travel about seven kilometres along until you reach the top of the hill and take the left hand turn onto the Old Glen Innes Road. Follow this good quality sealed road for 40 kilometres until it turns to gravel at the locality of Buccurumbi. Cross the low level bridge that sits beside the remains of its flood stricken predecessor at the picturesque junction of Nymboida and Boyd Rivers.


  • Scenic drive
  • Road trip


  • Sealed and unsealed roads
  • Historic tunnel

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for the most up to date information.
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs. Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring Australia.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.

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Old Glen Innes Road and the Historic Grafton Tunnel

Address: Historic Grafton Tunnel, Old Glen Innes Road, Grafton, New South Wales 2460

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