With only 4.5 hours sleep I awoke and drove through the pre-dawn fog from Yamba to the City of Jacarandas.
Having visited the region of Clarence Valley since I was a child, I had visited Grafton a handful of times. However this was the first time I saw it in all its glory - with its wide streets lined with trees, branches heavy with lilac blooms.
Jacaranda is season is almost upon us once again, and so our story, a collection of images taken that morning alongside the nostalgic words of Justine McClymont, have graced the pages of Australian Traveller Magazine.
Head out and grab your copy to read the full story. Or better yet, see it for yourself.
Photography Hannah Puechmarin
Words (in Magazine article) Justine McClymont
Creative Direction Bree Hiatt