Grafton, with its tree-lined streets, is one of Australia’s most beautiful rural cities. It is renowned for its Jacaranda trees, graceful old buildings, sporting and cultural facilities, and its location on the banks of the Clarence River.
All year round, Grafton’s location on a major river ensures there are plentiful water sport activities such as rowing, boating and water skiing - though you can also book a river cruise or hire a houseboat. Fishing enthusiasts will also delight in the fishing opportunities that abound in the river.
National Trust classified buildings include the Christ Church Cathedral, the infamous Grafton Gaol and some fine historic homes. St Matthew's Anglican Church, built in 1886, which boasts stained-glass windows from the English chapel of the Duke of Grafton, after whom the town is named. The Alumny Creek School Museum set in beautiful grounds, is a lovingly restored school that recreates a slice of 19th century life with old pieces of equipment, school records and memorabilia.
For keen horse racing enthusiasts, Grafton holds numerous race meets each year. Attend an exciting race meet or carnival to watch the horses and the fashions.
Find out more about Grafton at visitnsw.com.
Getting to Grafton
The Grafton, Casino and Brisbane XPT trains run daily from Sydney and stop at Grafton.
Getting around Grafton
The Clarence Valley public bus service covers Grafton, Ulmarra, Maclean, Yamba and Iluka. There is also a bus tour operator, car hire companies, taxis and a ferry service between Yamba and Iluka.