TOF has a philosophy - when faced with a choice, always take the one you haven't experienced before.
So we did.
Taking Seale Road from Kempsey to Gladstone we pass from tall timber to low swamp country then through lush dairy farms beside the river.
In the tall timber country, the buzz of trail bikes.
In the low area we travel on a dirt road with expanses of wetland on either side. Black swans and their cygnets keep an eye out for the hawks that were circling on either side of the road and the herons stalk in the shallows and reeds higher than the car provide shade.