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

Friday, August 31, 2012

Muttonbird Island - Coffs Harbour

Muttonbird Island or Giidany Miirlarl in the language of the local Gumbaynggirr People, is a major breeding ground for the Wedge-Tailed Shearwater. The island was originally separate to the mainland but was linked with rock walls to form the 'Harbour' in Coffs Harbour in the early 20th century.

In the early days of European settlement the Shearwaters were called Muttonbirds due to their taste. They are a very oily bird with an unusual 'aroma' while being cooked. Most say they are an acquired taste.

At this time of the year they are often found dead in large numbers on local beaches. They die from exhaustion from their long journey from South East Asia and bad weather they may strike on the way. Muttonbirds are monogamous and always return to the same burrow.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Yamba - Today and Yesterday

White's Friendly Grocer has had many names over the years. For a long time it has been a supermarket that faces Yamba Street.
Many decades ago it was a Bakery/Pie Shop that faced High Street with doors and windows where all the signs now reside. The awning has also been removed.


Monday, August 27, 2012


It can be a surprise to be bush walking and find the camp of someone living rough, definitely not a place to linger.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Broken Time

Grafton's iconic clock tower has some issues at the moment. Perhaps our fair city has had a Marty McFly moment.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Grafton's Groovy Garbage Trucks

For a few weeks now the Clarence Valley has had to adjust to a new garbage service (I won't bore you with the details) but the new trucks are very cool with TV characters, Dirtgirl and Scrapboy encouraging us all to recycle more and put our kitchen waste in the green bin.
Dirtgirl is the creation of renowned Clarence Valley locals, Cate McQuillen and Hewey Eustace and has become an international hit.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

F is For Forest Fires

High winds and winter burn offs getting out of control have resulted in a series of large blazes in the Clarence Valley over the last few days. The air has been thick with smoke and the sounds of helicopters dumping water to fight the fires.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Trolley Art?

An exciting new sculpture has been unveiled in the Grafton CBD, 'Duopoly' has been seen as comment on the power of the Woolworths and Coles Supermarket Corporations and their dominant position within Australian consumer society and the need to 'overturn' them.
Others are unimpressed, with Ern Malley stating that it "looks like something a drunk did on Friday night after the pub closed."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Casino Beauty

I know nothing about this charming old building in Centre St Casino, but I'm sure it has one helluva story to tell.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration - Grafton

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Going Green in Wooli

Wooli Public School is well known in the Clarence Valley for it's environmental programs including a terrific veggie garden. It backs on to Wooli Beach and the kids also participate in caring for the sand dunes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

E is for Exclusive Enclave with Egalitarian Esplanade

Here is a glimpse of the very exclusive hotel, Rae's on Wategos @ Byron Bay. It has 7 apartments and often has celebrity guests like The Rolling Stones, Tom Cruise and Kate Hudson.

Wategos is a small valley on Cape Byron that went from a banana plantation in the 1960's to one of Australia's most expensive spots to buy a house by the 1990's. Some houses have sold for over $10 million!

Despite the glitzy mansions, the beach and it's parks still are very laid back and family friendly....that's if you can find a car park.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Standing Stones - Glen Innes

The Australian Standing Stones located in Glen Innes was an ambitious Bicentenial Project in 1988 to honour the Celtic forbears of many Australians, it was finally completed in 1992. The stones all came from the Glen Innes area with most weighing over 17 tonnes. To read more about this amazing project and it's symbolic nature click here.

It is great place to visit with views over the town and an excellent cafe in a replica crofters cottage. It is especially eerie to visit when it's foggy; in Glen Innes that can be quite often!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Green and Gold

Late Winter is when most Wattles flower profusely in Australia ( as asthmatics and hay fever sufferers can well testify). Wattle Day used to be on the 1st of August but now is celebrated on the 1st of September.

Wattle is the national flower and I thought it was fitting for the last day of the London Olympics. Well done to all the athletes for their amazing performances and also London for putting on the best games since Sydney in 2000.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Casino 2470

Casino Post Office was opened in 1880. It is an eclectic mix of styles but the Georgian - Revival style of the portico and facade are very appealing.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lawrence Post Office

The Lawrence Post and Telegraph Office has been operating out of this simple Federation building since 1896.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

D is for Dramatic Defile

Wollomombi Falls between Armidale and Ebor are among Australia's highest, from top to bottom it is 220m.
In the top right/hand corner of the photo is the lesser known Chandler Falls. Both falls are part of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

3 Chimneys

The remains of an old house on the very edge of the New England escarpment at Wollomombi. Come back tomorrow to see how far down it is amongst the trees in the gully.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Colourful Break-Wall & South Solitary Island

I'm unsure why the break-wall entrance to Coffs Harbour has been painted in such vivid colours but it looks great. In the distance is South Solitary Island which became an uninhabited island when the James Barnet designed lighthouse went electric in 1975.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Late Winter Blues @ Lawrence

The nights are cold but the days are perfect. The Clarence River at one of it's widest points - the Lawrence Elbow.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Wintery Stroll on Coffs Harbour Jetty

Coffs Harbour Jetty is the last ocean jetty remaining on the North Coast. Construction began in 1889 and it saw it's last commercial usage in 1974. These days it belongs to walkers and fisher folk.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

CDP Theme Day - Numbers

Well you can see 2 horses but on the 1st of August all horses in Australia celebrate their birthdays. These 2 don't know it but today they officially became 1 year older.
Perhaps their owner will give them an extra carrot to celebrate.

On the first day of each month the City Daily Photo Community come together and photo to a theme. To see all the participants click here.
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