Jacaranda time – take two days for exploration
Here’s how to spend 2 amazing days in our big backyard.
What a marvelous time to be in the Clarence Valley! Jacaranda trees bloom the most beautiful purple flowers you’ll ever see… Take it slow as you roam around Grafton’s streets, carpeted ever so delicately in a layer of purple. Get smaller glimpses in every location you visit, because there is no such thing as “too much purple” when it’s Jacaranda time in the Clarence Valley!
Day 1: Grafton – South Grafton – Wooli
Day 2: Ulmarra – Chatsworth Island
Grafton is blessed with broad avenues and magnificent architecture and can be explored in your car or simply on foot on the abundance of walkways scattered all through town.
> Walk back in time while following the Grafton Heritage Trail – Discover endless history and the extensive amounts of building that still stand to this day, some even still carrying out their original purpose.
> Discover the abundance of trees that line the streets – Grafton’s Jacaranda Trees are most popular in mid October and early November as streets and parks are transformed as the trees explode in all their purple glory. Another fan favourite are the Giant Fig Trees which are a key feature around town, you may even find yourself under Fig Tree Avenues‘ canopy.
> Take a stroll along the walkway below the Old Grafton Bridge – you’ll get magnificent views of the Clarence River and Susan Island.
South Grafton, a refreshing contrast to the modern architecture that dominates many established cityscapes these days. The combination of history and modern art truly makes this side of town unique in it’s own right.
> The main street preserves it’s heritage buildings beautifully and showcases effortlessly the unique design and styles from the turn of the century
> Keep an eye out for the colourful murals throughout the Main Street and along the river, though you shouldn’t have too much trouble spotting them as the pop of colour make them a hard one to miss!
> Grab a tea or coffee and a bite to eat from one of the local cafes in town and enjoy the Clarence River views.
Just when you think you’ve seen all the coastal gems the Clarence Valley has to offer, Wooli‘s aqua river and seascapes make you realise there’s still more magic yet to be found.
> Wooli is famous for its oysters! – The Wooli Wooli River is known to be one of the most pristine river systems in NSW, and therefore the purest, most delicious oysters are cultivated. The season for fresh oysters is October through to April.
> Get out and kayak, hire a boat or try some stand-up paddle boarding, all in this gorgeous location blessed with both ocean and river waterways .
> Wooli marks the final section of the mighty Yuraygir Coastal Walk. This southern section is just you and the coast, just as nature intended it! Hiking across rock shelves, navigating our way over headlands and along untouched beaches – it truly is a wilderness experience .
You may enter Ulmarra thinking you can get away with a quick 10 minute browse in the variety of second-hand stores that lie here, but that is rarely the case. Hours evaporate here as quick as the snap of your fingers. Overlooking a tranquil stretch of the Clarence River, Ulmarra is quite possibly close to heaven on earth.
> Browse until you can’t browse no more! Ulmarra is full of unique and quirky stores that will leave you impressed with have much you can actually carry in your arms at once.
> A riverside setting for morning tea or lunch is highly recommended, with beautiful and clear views of the Clarence, why wouldn’t you take advantage of that golden opportunity.
> Be inspired by the creative atmosphere – stroll through the small, but fabulous, galleries around town and be left breathless with every turn .
> Follow the Ulmarra Heritage Trail through town – Discover a multitude of buildings scattered along Coldstream and River Street .
“Chatty” as it is know amongst the locals, is a far cry from the bustling village it once was. Chatty calmly lies on the bank of the North Arm of the Clarence River and sits closely to its neighbour
• Have a picnic under the large trees – Little ones will love the story of how over the years gnomes and fairies have gathered in the nooks and crannies of the tree trunks
• Can you spot the community Thong Tree? It’s one mission in life – to reunite missing thongs, maybe you’ve found one along the way!
One thing is for sure the Clarence Valley never fails to put on a spectacular show.
If you’re coming to Grafton for Jacaranda Season, take the time, relax and explore with two more days to discover more of our beautiful region.