In the manner grand
Roches Family Hotel is but one of a number of fine old hotels in Grafton. Dating from 1869 its new facade is reminiscent of English hotels with hanging baskets of geraniums adding much colour to the exterior.
As you can also see in the next two pictures, they haven't been tardy in dressing up the rest of the establishment with a boating theme, such being once the lifeblood of the town.
It's a two star pub with 19 rooms to stay in and it's located at 85 Victoria Street.
The Manns River experience
Walking along the banks, seeking the water shots I had stopped to take, I noticed other things that had their own beauty. There were small daisies, fresh leaf growth and fungi, especially the fungi. Close up they can be delightful. The colours, the patterns, the location; all blend in to make them something special.
I was fascinated by the red one as grass had actually grown through the "leaf" where it lay on the ground and I first had to remove it to make the growth able to be photographed.
The panoramic tides of Yuraygir
There's an opportunity for those with a camera to capture some lovely seascapes. I arrived on an afternoon where the ocean was akin to a washing machine and strong onshore winds drove frequent showers across the sky. That's how I arrived at the wierd sky in the opening shot. It's one of those odd shots that keeps making me look at it for reasons I can't quite fathom. That's of Station Creek Beach. The next shot was about 15 minutes later at Pebbly Beach when the pastel tones of the sunset were reflected in the backwash.
The following day was all sunshine, the five day low finally driven away by an incoming high and shots 3 and 4 show you where the sea enters the lagoon. It was slightly downstream where I had to cross on day two.
Around and about
The first shot is probably Grafton's most famous hotel, the Crown Hotel-Motel, for no other reason that everytime it floods, the water comes past this hotel to get into the CBD. It's built on the site of the first hotel in Grafton (1841). Somehow the modern paint job takes the edge off the historic look it used to have but it will always be a classic watering hole in Grafton.
It's across the road from Memorial Park, adjacent to the river at the start of Prince St (it's number one). It overlooks the levee bank, a wharf and Susan Island.
Pic 3 shows the historic building on the other side of the street. I always used to smile when I saw this as Shafer was spelt in two different ways, one on the front and the other, still visible, on the side. Unfortunately, recent painting has covered up the facade error.
Picture 2 shows a classic shopfront, the like of which would enclose a butcher's shop, as does this one, or a typical, and aptly named, corner store that would have been the forerunner of today's supermarket.
We had a car break-down in Grafton (and luckily not on a desert road!). So that's how we got know this city. Is actually quite nice. Had an ok pizza somewhere in the centre, but don't remember the name of the place.
Grafton does not lie by the sea, but it does have a river, and several camping areas and motels.