The back road via the small town of Lawrence is a very pleasant alternative to the busy Pacific Highway for visitors travelling between Grafton and Maclean (or vice versa).
Access from Grafton is gained by travelling north on Queen Street, onto the Lawrence Road, Lawrence is approximately 34 kilometres from Grafton, situated on the banks of the Clarence River.
Alternatively, when travelling from Maclean, access is via the McFarlane Bridge, onto Woodford Island with a vehicular ferry crossing to Lawrence. Lawrence is approximately 15 kilometres from Maclean.
Lawrence is linked to Woodford Island by one of only two remaining vehicular ferries on the Clarence. This free service operates around the clock and the crossing takes only a few minutes, allowing motorist to appreciate the beautiful river views.
Lawrence is at the junction of Sportsmans Creek and the Clarence River. The river’s sand banks adjacent to the town offer fine fishing while Sportmans Creek is renowned for its canoeing and plentiful bird life.
The Lawrence sport & recreation ground is located at the western end of Richmond Street and has facilities for tennis, netball, golf, picnic races and day visitors.
There is a walking track along the river bank leading from Memorial Park to the lookout on High Street. The trip is one hour return and suitable for all ages. Memorial Park has BBQ’s, playground, toilets and is a great spot for fishing and swimming.
The colonial style local tavern serves the best country tucker where you can stop for lunch or dinner and the local general store has take away, groceries, liquor supply and petrol. Perfect for tourist on-the-move.