Upstream on the Richmond River, the river village of Wardell is a great place to start a river journey on Tourist Drive 28. The drive from Wardell to Alstonville takes in spectacular rural vistas as it rises to the top of the Alstonville Plateau. Wardell has historic timber buildings, including Mayley House (1910).
Recently renovated and restored, Mayley House is used as a home. On the edge of the village in Pine Street is the historic Wardell cemetery. The cemetery has numerous interesting headstones, many belonging to the earliest Europeans to settle in the Wardell area. The cemetery's bush setting makes an important contribution to its heritage values.