This is the seventh post in my Highlights series. Today we begin our exploration of New South Wales, from Boonah in Queensland, through the Border Ranges National Park on the Lions Road, passing through Kyogle, Casino, Coffs Harbour and staying our first night at Sawtell. Then on the next day heading to the city of Newcastle via Nambucca Heads and Camden Haven.
Sunset at Newcastle, New South Wales
The city of Newcastle was for me an amazing surprise: full of elegant, beautiful architecture, buildings grand and modern, historical and art deco, and Norfolk palms along the lovely esplanade. Christ Church Cathedral was full of light, colour and beauty. The lighthouse at the end of Macquarie Pier on Nobby’s Beach was spectacular: glorious beach and dramatic ocean views. As I gazed around me, the following places came to mind: Napier in New Zealand; Cardiff in Wales, UK; St Tropez; Monte Carlo; Raffles Singapore.
There are many artistically designed buildings with art deco ornamentation in appealing colours such as soft ochre, charcoal grey, creamy pink coral, taupe, and forest green, with much iron lace and exquisite detailing.
I learned that Newcastle suffered an earthquake in 1989 so it seems that this city, like Napier, chose to rebuild in a harmonious and creative way.
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