Spanning the Centuries

The McFarlane bridge over the Clarence River at Maclean in New South Wales was built over 100 years ago and looks quite spectacular with its lifting mechanism.

The McFarlane Bridge at Maclean
The lifting span hasn’t been used since the 1960’s and is only one lane, forcing traffic to give way as it approaches Maclean.

From Wikipedia

The Clarence is a beautiful wide river, and when I left my overnight camp at the MacLean Showground I travelled beside it on my way to the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton. There were little coves of fishing boats and trawlers, luxury homes with river frontage, yachts bobbing at jetties and at the other end of the scale cane farms and cattle enjoyed the same location.

And everywhere there were purple jacarandas and bright red flame trees with the river as a backdrop.

My drive to Grafton was capped off with a ferry trip to the other side of the river at Lawrence.

I’ve arrived in Grafton to a purple haze 😎