Renowned for its jacaranda trees which gently blanket the region with their purple blossoms each spring, the North Coast town of Grafton is a popular tourist destination. The town is also the immortalised in Cold Chisel’s song ‘Flame Trees’, and is the commercial hub of the Clarence region. There’s plenty of sights to see and places to stay in Grafton, making it a great place to base yourself for exploring the wider Clarence Coast.
Every year, Grafton hosts a Jacaranda Festival, which has been taking place since 1935, and includes the crowning of the jacaranda queen, street theatre and entertainment, markets, and a bit fireworks finale. The Grafton July Racing Carnival is another important event on the local calendar, attracting crowds of more than 30,000.
The beautiful Clarence River is the setting for many of Grafton’s events, from sailing to dragon boat races to river canoeing. Clarence Coast events also include vibrant local markets, sporting events such as triathlons, music festivals and more.