Saturday, 8 November 2014

South across the border to Yamba and Grafton.

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At the beginning of October, our Jayco Eagle Camping Trailer was begging to be used, the mauve haze of Grafton's magnificent jacarandas called [it was festival time] and the peaceful, white, sandy beaches of Yamba awaited. Friends were keen to join us.

We managed to get away on Wednesday the 29th and camped at the Calypso Caravan Park, on the banks of the Clarence River, Yamba. With its population at 7000, Yamba has still managed to keep a relaxed laid-back lifestyle, enhanced by its beaches and waterways.

When camp was finally set, we joined our friends for an exploratory walk of the headland and main beach.

The river view, from the camping ground.

As the sun began to sink below the horizon, tranquility settled on the river and we relaxed happily with our friends and wondered that we should be so fortunate.

A golden sun rose as we set off on our early morning walk. Sailing boats, glowing cliffs, wildflowers, and glistening sand also greeted us.

Our day was spent in Grafton dazed by the intensity of the mauve of the jacaranda trees, which originate from South Africa. Endless streets and avenues are graced by their beauty. Princes Street was closed for  Jacaranda market day. A wonderful festive air was created by stall holders and shops creating mauve displays. Children were in mauve fancy dress and countless heads sported mauve wigs.

Another tranquil sun setting in the west was the perfect end to a perfect day. Friday's sunrise was just as awesome. The day was spent swimming, enjoying the surf and wandering along the endless, empty white sandy beaches.

We managed a final sunrise and walk on Saturday morning, but just as we were commencing to decamp, a light drizzle had us packing up in a less than leisurely pace. It made leaving this idyllic spot just a little easier to say goodbye to for this visit. We will be back!

Thank you for dropping by. Please leave a comment if you have enjoyed your visit. 


  1. What a beautiful place to camp! I'd love to visit there. Nice landscape shots, and your last sunset photo is gorgeous.

    1. It is beautiful Linda. My parents spent their honeymoon overlooking the main beach and always spoke of how beautiful the area was. We managed to take them back for their 50th anniversary some years ago and now try to visit as often as possible.

  2. Your photos are lovely. I love your header, too!