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Australias best motorcycle roads - Nymboida

Grafton's historic rail/car bridge

Grafton to Armidale, NSW

Often refered to just as Nymboida on some bike forums, the whole road to Armidale via Nymboida and Ebor is very good.

Heading south you can obtain fuel at Courts Crossing if you wanted to skip Grafton. Depends on the times of travel but Grafton is about a lunch time stop from Brisbane if you leave at a reasonable hour and are not in a rush.

Above: the road into Grafton from MacClean is very scenic and Courts Crossing

Leaving Grafton the road sweeps through some scenic rural farming areas with nice gentle curves and then this fast flowing road starts to tighten up before reaching the township of Nymboida - which is just the one general store.

I made it this far last trip before a huge hail storm struck. Prior to the rain I stopped to consider things and was going to go to the shop for a coffee but then down it came within seconds so I only had time to back into this bus shelter with tourist map inside and sit it out.

Above: hail storm Nymboida

From here the road climbs the range and a bit further on was where the sealed road used to end. This section has some absolutely superb corners with excellent surveying on the still newish sections - but watch out for loose livestock on the roads. I dont have any photos of here, what is one of the best parts of the road, since last time it was raining and on previous visits I was not by myself so tend to keep pace rather than stop as often as I do when riding solo.

Good timing of this photo at Clouds Creek, just after the rain.

Outside Ebor you can turn off see the Waterfall. Ebor is another one shop type of town but it has fuel (update - petrol station was closed when I visited last time but might be card/24hr type now).

From Ebor to Armidale is a fast sweeping road that has an appearance from a time now past. Will add more photos next ride when I plan to explore the area in more depth.