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Spring Waterfountain in Park at Grafton NSW
Spring Waterfountain in Park at Grafton NSW
Waterskiing Fun on Clarence River in Grafton
Waterskiing Fun on Clarence River in Grafton
Couple at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery
Couple at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery
Centre of Township, Grafton New South Wales
Centre of Township, Grafton New South Wales
Canoeing on the Clarence River in Grafton
Canoeing on the Clarence River in Grafton
Grafton Jacaranda Trees, Photo Tourism NSW
Grafton Jacaranda Trees, Photo Tourism NSW
Newsagency in Centre of Town in Grafton NSW
Newsagency in Centre of Town in Grafton NSW
Matthew Bourke Going Airborne at Skatepark
Matthew Bourke Going Airborne at Skatepark

Grafton Information

Grafton in New South Wales is a medium sized town with about 20,000 people and was established in 1851 when Governor Fitzroy officially named the town after his grandfather the Duke of Grafton a former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Grafton is also known as the “Jacaranda City” named after the tree-lined streets of jacaranda trees. In October/November the town holds the Jacaranda festival which is well worth the effort to come and visit to join in on the excitement. The Grafton cup horserace held on the second Thursday of every July is another well known Australian event and Grafton holds a half day holiday to support the race.

Many people of Grafton display a large interest in country music and local artist Troy Cassar-Daley has received four golden Guitar awards in 2006. Cold Chisel’s song titled “Flame Trees” was inspired from the brilliant flowered trees of Grafton.

Nearby the Clarence Valley offers nature lovers the perfect getaway where the land transforms into a wonderland of rugged mountains and wilderness. Some of the best eco tourism spots to explore include the Gibraltar Range, Susan Island Nature Reserve and the Solitary Island Marine Park.

There are too many activities to list when visiting Grafton. Some of the best inland activities include abseiling, canoeing, fishing, gliding, river cruises, rock climbing, white water rafting, horse riding, golfing or bird watching.

An excellent place to visit for culture is the Grafton Regional Galley located at 158 Fitzroy Street. Open Tuesday to Sunday the gallery hosts the largest collection of artworks on the north coast of New South Wales. The Gallery has over 40 exhibitions and 70 programme events every year so each time you visit there will be something new to interest and excite you. Ken Done one of Australia’s most famous artists is also a patron to the Grafton Regional Gallery.

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Driving past Jacaranda trees in Grafton. Photo Ross Barnett, Tourism New South Wales
Driving past Jacaranda trees in Grafton. Photo Ross Barnett, Tourism New South Wales
Picturesque Aerial View of Grafton and the Grafton Bridge over the Clarence River
Picturesque Aerial View of Grafton and the Grafton Bridge over the Clarence River