A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Monday, February 28, 2011

I See Red

The Poinciana is another exotic tree that loves the Clarence Valley climate.
It's long curved seed pods make perfect scimitars for children to use in sword fights. 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lilydale Bridge

Lilydale low-level bridge is designed to avoid serious damage in a flood.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Weekend Swim

The perfect activity in the hot summer months is a swim in a clear mountain creek.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Probably The Best Lentil Burger In The World

The Angourie Corner Store is our favourite location for lunch after a swim on Back Beach.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ye Olde Brushgrove

One of the Valley's more obscure murals can be found on the side of a decaying barn at the Brushgrove/Tyndale Sports ground. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hanging In There

Twisted and bent over by many decades of violent floods, how do these old trees hang on in the shingle and sand?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Harwood Bridge

The Harwood Bridge, which carries the Pacific Highway traffic between Sydney and Brisbane, opened in 1966 and is of historic significance. It replaced the last vehicular ferry on the New South Wales State Highway system and was the last and longest steel truss bridge built by the Department of Main Roads (DMR). Its construction also signified the first town by-pass on the State Highway System built by the DMR, that being Maclean.
It has a vertical lift span to allow boats to pass underneath. It's operated by lowering the huge concrete blocks at the top of the towers and therefore raising one span of the bridge. This is all carried out in the little house on top of the span.

This picture is from the RTA website and shows the incredible width of the Clarence River and also recent maintenance carried out on the Harwood Bridge.

This image  from the ozroads website shows the approach to the old punt. Note the cane barges on the way to the Harwood Sugar Mill.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Skywatch Friday: Angourie Bay

Just a couple of clouds
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Maclean Public School

I have always really liked this building and wondered what sort of room was behind the arched window with its beautiful pale blue glass panes, (yes I did grow up watching 'Play School'). 
The two trees out front are Canary Island Date Palms which are very common old style plantings in the Clarence Valley but are shunned by landscapers these days.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Coloured Hands

I found this art on the Yamba Breakwall. Maybe there is an Aboriginal connection as it is very close to where the Dirrungan story finishes. If not they are pretty against the drab stone.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Where Two Flocks Gathered: Old Glen Innes Rd Part 2

This is the very unusual Anglican Church of OBX Creek. It once accommodated two flocks, the front section held seats for thirty believers and the rear section could shelter animals from storms or summer heat.

This is the second post on my tour along the very historic Old Glen Innes Rd

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Stay Up There Please!

This is a one and a half metre Lace-Monitor, more commonly called a Goanna. It is the 'Bells Form' which has black and yellow stripes. They are scavenging animals but like fresh eggs best. If you see one with a damaged tail it is usually from Brush Turkeys biting them while trying to defended their nests. A bite to a human will cause severe pain and infection.
We surprised this one and were very glad it raced up the tree.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Public Transport vs Private Transport

If you had the choice would you travel the 2km trip between Yamba and Iluka by:
a. jet-ski
b. ferry
c. yacht

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Early Bird Catches The Beach Worm

You can't go past fresh beach worms as fishing bait but catching them is quite a skill. First you need some very rotten fish/meat that you put in a bag and drag over the shore at low tide. The smell brings Australonuphis to the surface. The real trick is to pull them out without them snapping, it must be done with a very fluid and constant pull. The biggest worms can be over a metre long.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Memories of Steam Days

There are very few remnants left from the days when steam powered the trains. This old water tower can be found in the Grafton goods yard in Pound St.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Old Buildings New Uses

This building is in Maclean's beautiful main street.Great use of differing fonts!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Surprise Visitor

A few nights ago my wife nearly trod on a 5 foot Brown Snake underneath our house. It is one of the world's most deadly and aggressive snakes. The serpent then vanished into our junk room.
A phone call to WIRES (Wildlife Rescue Service) brought out snake handler Paul who quickly caught it amongst the garden tools.
Our dangerous friend has been released out into the scrub well away from urban areas, however, the family are still very wary about going downstairs.
Sorry about the poor quality image, taken with a phone camera.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The New Italy Story

Between Harwood and Woodburn, on the busy Pacific Highway, is an intriguing Rest Area that commemorates the historic village of New Italy.

In 1880 Italians in the Veneto area were hoodwinked into moving to a new 'Eden' in modern day Papua New Guinea.
Of course it was all a  scam and many of the emigrants perished. Their survival became a cause celebre and with the help of Henry Parkes they were rescued and relocated to "Australia". Land was allocated to the unfortunate group in Northern New South Wales.
The site of 'New Italy' was sandy hills and swamps, very poor country that that no-one else wanted. However, they persevered and built substantial homes and grew very productive gardens.

Today there is very little left of the original settlement. A number of buildings have been sensitively recreated. They contain a series of excellent museums and a shady vine covered cafe. The courtyard  contains a series of kitschy statues.

It is certainly worth a stop for a good coffee,a browse through the displays and the recognition of the many connections Northern NSW has with Italy.
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Angourie Point

Mark Richards calls Angourie Point "the best right-hand point break in Australia". Who am I to argue? This shot is on a very average day. Yamba is in the distance.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Theme Day: Fountains

On the first day of every month the City Daily Photo Community has a theme, for February it is 'Fountains'.

"Did you here about the Parrot that lost his memory?"
The Black Swans then pissed themselves laughing.

You can find this pair of incontinent happy birds in front of Grafton's Cathedral.
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