Featured stops | Sorell Fruit Farm | Richmond | Dodges Ferry | Carlton Beach |
After looking around Richmond, leave the township by crossing the Richmond Bridge and climbing the hills lining the Coal River Valley on the C351 Brinktop Road.
Over the ridgeline there are expansive views out over Pittwater and Midway Point. The causeways that now carry the Main Road were not built until 1872, shortening the land trip somewhat and cutting Richmond out of the journey.
When Brinktop road joins the A3 Tasman Highway, turn right and follow it to Sorell.
At the T junction in Sorell, turn right as the A3 becomes the A9 Arthur Highway. Watch for the turnoff to the Sorell Fruit Farm on the left as you leave Sorell and visit if that tickles your fancy.
Rather than follow the A9, you can turn off and follow some interesting backroads.
After the road dips down and crosses the River, climbs the hill, and then runs onto the flat land, watch for the turnoff to the right (towards the water) onto the Old Forcett Road to Dodges Ferry and Carlton Beach.
The road will become Lewisham Road and curve past the Pub to Dodges Ferry. Stay straight ahead to Dodges Ferry as the road becomes Carlton Beach Road.
Take a sharp right then left at the Post Office and General Store, before following the road as it winds to Park Beach. Stop for a walk on Park Beach (turn off to the right) or just follow the road as it climbs the hill, then runs behind the sand dunes before curving uphill to become Moomere Street.
Moomere Street joins Carlton Road. Turn right onto Carlton Road and follow it along the Carlton River. There will be some sharp turns, but stay with it.
Carlton Road will dead end into Sugarloaf Road. Turn right and follow the road downhill and across the bridge on the upper reaches of the Carlton River.
The road becomes Fulham Road and runs through Connellys Marsh and along the foreshore to join the main A9 Arthur Highway at Dunalley.
The views are spectacular, the road winding and fun, the drive is worth it for the more adventurous.