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Showing posts with label Grafton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grafton. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


When we visited Grafton to see the Jacaranda Trees, we also checked out the town

We tried to find a spot where we could see the iconic double decker bridge and the construction of a new one. Cars on top and trains underneath but it is too narrow to cater for increased traffic and the size of the trucks.
 In town our tour leader discusses the next place to visit. We were in a car convoy and it was difficult trying to follow the leader in town traffic.

 The city centre marked by a clock tower is quite common in country towns. The church was surrounded by purple trees and the swans wore Jacaranda leis.

Photo by Bill

 Three old men and the middle one is mine.

 I love the old country hotel architecture but it isn't a hotel any more but shops.

After a day of travelling from Brisbane to Grafton and sight seeing, we were ready for a rest and dinner. We found a hotel overlooking the mighty Clarence River.
Tomorrow we travel back north stopping at Yamba for lunch.

Sunday, November 4, 2018


We belong to U3A (University of the Third Age) an organisation that offers activities for seniors. We belong to quite a few groups: History, Photography, Videography and Travel. Last week we went with the Travel Group to Grafton and Ballina stopping at other places on the way.

 Turf Street Grafton is the most beautiful Street in Grafton but its not the only one. There are many many streets lined with Jacaranda trees.

See Park Grafton

We also visited another famous street in Grafton nick named Fig tree Avenue because of the huge fig trees creating a canopy over the road.
Unfortunately it was garbage bin day and I had to crop them from the foreground, which didn't leave much road.
 The aerial roots hang like a curtain from the branches.

The trunks are massive.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


When we were visiting Grafton, we were so lucky to meet a blogging friend, Karen from "Pieces of   Contentment". I have always admired her photographs, her quilts and the stories about her big family. She is so calm and "content" and yet she doesn't have an easy life. She is an inspiration. It was a convenient coincidence, that without knowing, I had booked a B&B in the same street as where she lives. One afternoon, Karen took us for a walk which took us over Grafton's iconic double decker bridge.
Photo taken from the WWW.
 The bridge was opened in 1932. It has a pedestrian walkway on both sides of the lower level.

 It has a rail track on the bottom level and a two way road on the upper level, with a very tight bend where the road accesses the city. It is very narrow and very tricky to navigate if a BW truck is coming the other way, as it needs both lanes to turn the corner.

 There is also the town's water pipeline on the lower level.

 From the bridge we could see the ever beautiful Jacaranda trees and ...

the usually peaceful Clarence River .

 But at the moment a new bridge is being constructed and not before time. There is a lot of congestion on the road trying to get onto the bridge.

We walked a short way along the bank of the river, where we saw two big yellow tailed black cockatoos high up in a tree. I like the yellow spots on its cheeks.

My lovely blogger friend and now a real life friend, Karen. She showed us the gorgeous Fig Tree avenue.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


The country town of Grafton is situated in the northern part of NSW. It is famous for it tree lined streets and it's Jacaranda Festival. (see last post). However, there is more to see there than the trees.
When we were there we had dinner on a hotel deck overlooking the Clarence River. It had been a very hot day so I guess this dog was enjoying a cool off. Naturally, the river is used for a lot of recreation sports and activities.

The next day we decided to check out some of the historic buildings in the town.
The Northern Rivers County Council

But you can't get far without noticing the street trees. 
This is a White Fig Tree. (Ficus virens)

Besides old commercial buildings there were many gorgeous old residences. Country towns seem to have avoided the bulldozers knocking down old buildings to make way for new ones.

We didn't get much further because this is Shaeffer House Museum, where we mooched around and learnt more about the history of Grafton.

It was built by F.W.C. Shearer in 1900 for his family. He was the first city architect for Grafton. Later the house was turned into flats but in 1966, the Grafton Council bought the house and it is now the home of the Clarence River Historical Society. The house was restored to its early glory and houses many artefacts.

The original wall paper was found underneath many others.

I also learnt there who was responsible for planting all the beautiful trees in Grafton. It was Henry Volkers, 1835 - 1911. He was born in Germany and arrived in Sydney in 1856. He moved to Grafton and in 1871 opened a shop. He advertised himself as a seedsman, florist and practical gardener. He planted many of the trees which adorn the streets of Grafton including the Jacarandas.

Jacarandas line most streets but look at the end of the street on the left there are huge fig trees.

Ficus microcarpa line this street nicknamed Fig tree Avenue. It is an amazing sight.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


I have always wanted to visit the country town of Grafton during its Jacaranda Festival to see the beautiful tree lined streets that I had seen in many photos. So I organised a short road trip taking in Grafton, Glen Innes and Warwick. Grafton is 340 km south of Brisbane in New South Wales. Grafton is the seat of Local, State and Federal Governments administration centre. It sits on the banks of the big Clarence River. It was established in 1851 and it still has many historic buildings.

Our Bed and Breakfast house was one of those. It is a heritage listed federation style old house.
 The evening we arrived we went exploring the streets and parks to photograph the beautiful Jacaranda Trees in the golden light.

 I had stuffed up my settings on the camera so they are not sharp. So the next morning we did it all again. There were so many streets lined with the beautiful trees.

The flowers were starting to fall to make a purple carpet throughout the town.