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


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. 

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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.


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  • Bundjalung National Park - Esk

    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.

  • Sisters of Mercy Heritage Room and Archives - Grafton


    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 tree on the Clarence River, Northern Rivers Tropical NSW

    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.

Explore Grafton

Jacaranda tree on the Clarence River.