A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Grafton

Category: population over 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
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 Taste the purple with our famous Jacaranda ice-cream 

Grafton is famous for its Jacaranda trees, so it’s no surprise experiencing the glorious, dreamlike ambiance of Grafton’s Jacaranda-lined avenues and parks during Jacaranda Season, is on the top of the to-do list. Exploring the Jacaranda lined streets, tasting the purple with our famous Jacaranda ice-cream and being showered with falling Jacaranda’s petals, it doesn’t get much better!  

But Grafton doesn't just have Jacarandas, Fig Tree Avenue is a street not to be missed with 17 giant fig trees which extend along both sides of the street. The trees meet in the middle some 20-30 metres above the road forming an impressive arch.

Once your senses have been invigorated, a visit to the Clarence Valley’s hub of fine arts – The Grafton Regional Gallery – is a must. Prentice House, a heritage listed building is an art-piece in itself. Combining old with new, our newly renovated space includes 5 state of the art exhibit spaces and a new resident cottage. It’s just somewhere you have to Van Gogh. 

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Needing nature? Hire a kayak and get on our big, beautiful Clarence River! It’s an easy paddle from town to Susan Island, where you can visit the subtropical rainforest Nature Reserve with massive Moreton Bay Fig trees. Or just paddle around the 23-hectare island. 

Sure, you can do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk, but the Sydney Harbour Bridge doesn’t change direction on a jaunty angle halfway along now does it? This makes the Grafton Bridge Walk clearly superior to its Sydney imitator. And that strange thing in the water, at the south-west end? … It’s a shipwreck!

Here lie the remains of the Induna, which served as a rail-ferry before the bridge was completed in 1932. Once Induna’s services were no longer required, it sank of a broken heart! Or so they say! 

Nows The Time

Pop over the bridge and you will find the little bit vintage, authentically retro, South Grafton’s main street. It has a quirky, interesting vibe, eclectic cafes, recycled clothing stores mix with rural supply providers. Colourful murals and arty street blisters reflect local Gumbaingirr history and culture. The boulevard right by the river marina provides shady trees, picnic facilities and BBQs. And you might catch a play or local musician at the Pelican Playhouse. 

We don’t call Grafton our heritage hub for nothing. Until we iron out some bugs with our backyard time machine, Grafton’s Walking and Cycling Heritage Trail is still the best way to visit another era. Set your co-ordinates to 1884 and marvel at the Christ Church Cathedral, or 1893 Grafton Gaol (old Grafton Prison). 

And why not extend your stay and experience the delights of the Clarence Valley. Grafton’s not far from the coast, including the gorgeous coastal towns of Yamba, Wooli and Iluka and the rather well-kept secret of the Clarence Valley hinterland is just a short (and very picturesque) drive. You are literally spoilt for choice! 

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Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions

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Four days in  Grafton

Grafton > Copmanhurst > Clarence Gorge > Ulmarra > Maclean > South Grafton

Discover Clarence Valley 4 days, 3 nights

Perfect for either two adults or a family with children

Welcome to the Clarence Valley where we appreciate the finer things in life. Crisp morning on the river, moment of solitude in the surf, long-lost adventures up dirt roads and meeting friends for a coffee and catch-up at the local café.

On this trip you’ll be sure to discover some of the Clarence Valley’s beachside and inland towns. Here you can truly immerse yourself in the local way of life and take your time getting to know why we hold each and every location so dearly to our hearts.

Nows The Time

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