Jacaranda Trees line the streets of Grafton, NSW


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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

AROUND GRAFTON TOWN

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 12, 2017

BRIDGING A FRIENDSHIP

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.



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