Grafton: city of trees, with its charms hidden from the highway, rewarding those who venture within. A place of beauty, heritage and soul. It’s home. It’s the beating heart of the Clarence Valley.
The must-sees in Grafton
The jacarandas might be the most famous, but there are also cape chestnuts, golden trumpet trees, tree waratahs, tibouchinas, poincianas, silky oaks, giant figs and many more botanical highlights to marvel at.
Grafton is blessed with broad avenues and pretty architecture. There is an abundance of beautiful trees, parks and fine old homes. Walking or cycling along the streets and pathways gives you the opportunity to absorb and ‘feel’ Grafton’s retro “country town” style in an appropriately quiet and reflective manner.
A dawn or dusk stroll along the walkways below the Grafton Bridge gives expansive river views of the Clarence, and Susan Island. While you are up there, see if you can spot the wreck of the Induna, 200 metres upstream of the bridge.
Take advantage of the river on their doorstep. Perfect for skiing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding, sailing, swimming and anything else you can imagine!
Pop on into town during late October and early November to catch the famous jacarandas in bloom! There are festivities, markets, a Jacaranda Queen crowning, a parade and river festival. Definitely one for the bucket list.
Giddy-up and dress up this July for the always exciting July Races! The annual week of races is well worth splurging on that new dress for!
There’s a variety of accommodation, food and entertainment in Grafton.