Saturday, February 11, 2017

Recce to Cangai

Yesterday with fellow Bushtracker friends Jane and John we headed off to check out two  locations west of Grafton in NSW.  

These sites are listed in Wikicamps and also displayed on the Hema North East New South Wales map. Both are located on the Mann River.

The turnoff is just over 17 km west of Jackadgery which is 43 km west of Grafton along the Gwydir Highway.

The Cangai Bridge Road is dirt and marked as not suitable for caravans but there would be no trouble towing our 20' van the 2 km into this location. There are two wooden bridges to cross with the best camping on the southern side. 
Apart from the clear flowing river the area is surrounded by beautiful mountains that make up the Great Dividing Range with Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks just over 20 km to the west.

Several km west of this turnoff  is another dirt road that takes you to another camping area marked on the Hema maps as Cangai Broadwater. This site has more river frontage than the first so it's an alternative in case there are too many camped at the first location.

Neither site has any facilities, so make sure you take your rubbish with you and if others haven't then carry disposable gloves just like we do and clean up any mess that's been left behind. Otherwise beautiful spots like this will be closed forever.

The river is the perfect place to cool off on a hot day and the water is lovely and clear and just perfect for filling non-potable tanks.


  1. Ross, what would that twisty bit of the Gwydir Hwy, in the top left hand corner of your map, be like with the caravan?

  2. Its no problem at all in either direction. It's a lovely drive and very scenic. We use the Gwydir Highway whenever we camp on the river at Bingara and will be returning home this way in about three weeks time from a New England getaway....