Grafton is the commercial hub of the Clarence River Valley where historic buildings sit along picturesque tree-lined streets. Known as the “Jacaranda City”, Grafton is famous for its purple flowering trees, notable historic buildings and beautiful green spaces.
Things to do in Grafton
Head over to See Park to witness rows of Jacaranda blossoms at their peak. Stroll around the pond, set up a barbecue and if you’re travelling with children, spend some time playing on the playground.
Interested in viewing local artwork? The Grafton Regional Gallery contains the largest collection of artwork on the North Coast of New South Wales and showcases over 40 exhibitions. Stroll through the exhibits, before grabbing a bite to eat at the award-winning Rosearia Cafe.
If you want culture, visit the Christ Church Cathedral and bring your camera for a photograph of the lovely brick exterior framed by blooming jacarandas. The interior features elegant stained-glass windows and there’s an Op Shop and bookshop located on the grounds where you can purchase a unique gift.
If you want to spend an afternoon outdoors, visit Washpool National Park, a sprawling expanse of wooded scenery, gurgling creeks and diverse wildlife. Embark on one of the park’s many bush walks, go for a swim in the bush pool or set up for an overnight camping adventure.
Getting around Grafton
The Pacific Highway links Grafton and the Clarence Valley to Sydney and Brisbane, the latter of which is about three hours’ drive away. The NSW Trainlink Service also offers transit into the area. Cycling is a popular way of getting around Grafton, due to its relatively flat terrain.