Towns and villages to the North of Grafton. Includes information about: Brushgrove, Copmanhurst, Jackadgery, Waterview Heights, Coutts Crossing, Halfway Creek, and Southgate.

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Just a tiny village, but on Woodford Island, the largest river-island in the southern hemisphere, Brushgrove caters to a riverside livestyle with a fleet of large houseboats for hire. Bridges link Brushgrove to much-larger Maclean and Cowper, and a large vehicular ferry provides interesting car access to Lawrence.

Sugar cane is the main island crop, and there are many scenic drives around the farms on the island, and the hotel adjacent the Wingfield Bridge even has its own wharf.


  • Population - 190
  • Transport services - Bus


  • Brushgrove to Grafton Junior Marathon & Sailing Regatta - Oct



Copmanhurst was established at the limit of navigation of the Clarence River, and in the early days the village was the distribution point for goods and services for rural and mine workers. Today Copmanhurst is a peaceful country village, popular with people wanting a rural life, while close to the services of the city of Grafton. Copmanhurst has a general store, a hotel (with accomodation) and the Saddlery Museum, which holds historic relics and photographs of the saddlery, local school and district.

The Clarence River Gorge, north-west of Copmanhurst, is a ruggedly beautiful gorge with rapids and waterfalls, and accommodation is available nearby.


  • Population - 400
  • Transport Services - Bus
  • Council - Copmanhurst Shire Council



As the gateway to the Clarence Valley from the New England Tablelands, the Jackadgery area is popular for gold panning, fishing, canoeing, fossicking and scenic drives to the Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks, Cangai, Hanging Rock, Fineflower, Newbold Lookout and Copmanhurst. The scenic riverside caravan park has general store, eat in and takeaway food and service station facilities and is the closest accomodation to these famous national parks.


  • Population - 258
  • Transport Services - Bus
  • Council - Pristine Waters Shire



Just nine kilometres west of Grafton, off the Gwydir Highway, this pretty rural area is popular for weekend gliding (at nearby Eastonville Strip) and a good starting point for exploring the historic roads of the region. The Old Glen Innes Road, just west of the Hilltop Motor Inn which overlooks the area, provides a scenic drive to Glen Innes, branching off the Gwydir Highway. This mainly unsealed and narrow road passes through old gold mining areas and a number of small villages, including Buccarumbi and Dalmorton. A highlight of the trip is the convict-made tunnel just out of Newton Boyd.


  • Population - 1132
  • Transport Services -Bus
  • Council - Pristine Waters Shire



The village of Coutts Crossing (just 15km south of Grafton on the Armidale Road) was named after Thomas Coutts, who acquired Kangaroo Creek Station in 1840. Unfortunately Coutts and his men were involved in many disputes with the local Aborigines, which culminated in tragedy when he mixed arsenic with flour and left it to be stolen. About twenty Aboriginals died, and Coutts was arrested, but charges were not pursued. Today the Coutts Crossing Heritage Cottage shows the complex history of the area.

The village also has a tavern, which is the social centre of the village, neighbouring squash courts, tennis courts, a nine hole golf course on the banks of the Orara River and playing fields plus picnic and barbecue facilities.


  • Population - 510
  • Transport Services - Bus
  • Council -Pristine Waters Shire


  • Coutts Crossing Junior Campdraft - June
  • Coutts Crossing Rural Expo - October



The spur of the Great Dividing Range which juts towards the coast creates the diverse topography of the Halfway Creek region. With State Forests and National Parks close by, and close to the coast for surfing, Halfway Creek is an peaceful spot to relax in the natural environment. There are pockets of rainforest with a variety of different birds, wallabies, echidnas and reptiles for nature lovers and bushwalkers and the unspoilt beach at nearby Station Creek offers camping, fishing and surfing.

There is also resort-style accommodation available in the area, and trail rides through many scenic areas for horse-riding enthusiasts.


  • Population - 256
  • Council -Pristine Waters Shire



The tiny village of Southgate is a pleasant destination for a country drive from Grafton, with the bonus of a vehicular ferry linking it to Ulmarra. Just a short drive away is the old Alumny Creek School, which has been set up as a museum of early rural education. Groups can make arrangements to visit by phoning 02 6642 2598. A large sports field and picnic area are adjacent.


  • Population -100
  • Transport Services - Bus
  • Council - Copmanhurst Shire Council