Nature in Grafton

Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. The town is home to jacaranda tree-lined streets and situated on the majestic Clarence River. Surrounded by a number of national parks and river flats, the town is rich in natural splendour. 

  • Waterskiing on the Clarence River
  • Jacaranda lined street in Grafton

About Grafton

Grafton is famous for its jacaranda trees, which were originally planted in the 1870s by a local seed merchant by the name of Volkers. The town is at its very best when the trees erupt in mauve blossoms in spring. There are 24 parks in Grafton with more than 6,500 trees.

Just east of Grafton, Yuraygir National Park is a sensational strip of coast teeming with wildlife. It also boasts pristine beaches, high dunes, paperbark lagoons, freshwater creeks that spill into the sea and some of the best coastal walking tracks in the State.

Nearby, Yamba, Maclean and Iluka are well worth a visit.

  • National Parks

    Enjoy a four-day hike through spectacular scenery on the Yuraygir coastal walk within Yuraygir National Park. An hour's drive north from Grafton, Bundjalung National Park's combination of river, beach and freshwater lagoons makes it a popular location for a wide range of water sports.

  • History

    Discover the city's rich history by visiting one of the town's many museums such as Schaeffer House Museum and the Sisters of Mercy Heritage Room and Archives. There are also numerous heritage-listed buildings in Grafton that offer some insight into the history of the area.

  • Jacaranda Festival

    Grafton's annual Jacaranda Festival is one of Australia's longest running flower festivals and celebrates the town's magnificent lilac-blossomed trees. The festival includes the coronation of a jacaranda queen, a street parade with themed floats, markets, live performances and fireworks.

Fly into Clarence Valley Regional Airport, Grafton

Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 12 km from Grafton’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip northwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates more than 30 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Grafton.


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