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Grafton

One of Australia's most beautiful provincial cities, Grafton is renowned for its Jacaranda trees, graceful old buildings, sporting and cultural facilities, and its location on the banks of the Clarence River. As the thriving commercial hub of the Clarence Valley, Grafton has a range of quality accommodation including motels, B&B's, self-contained apartments, hotels and caravan parks. There is great shopping, award-winning restaurants and smorgasbord of entertainment from the many pubs and clubs. Outdoors, every turn reveals a stunning vista. Manicured gardens glow with seasonal blossoms and, throughout the year, Grafton's stately streets and parks host festivals and community celebrations that attract thousands of visitors. One of Australia's most majestic waterways, the Clarence River is a dominant feature in Grafton's landscape and lifestyle. Visitors travel from all over the world to compete in dragon boat, sail, and power boat racing, the Head of the River rowing regatta in December and one of Australia's premier water skiing events, the famous Bridge to Bridge Ski Race, in October. You can explore the River at a more sedate by hiring a boat or canoe. Enjoy a bird's eye view as you use the pedestrian foot bridge to cross the famous ムBendy Bridge', an engineering marvel built in 1932. Many of Grafton's buildings have been classified by the National Trust, including the Christ Church Cathedral, the infamous Grafton Gaol, and some fine historic homes. Grafton hosts a range of festivals throughout the year. The Jacaranda Festival, Australia's longest running floral festival, is held in October when the streets are lined with vibrant purple blooms.

Grafton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Christ Church Cathedral


Christ Church Cathedral was build in 1884. It was designed by John Horbury Hunt along Gothic lines with towering arches, beautiful stained glass windows and spacious interior. The Cathedral is open daily and visitors are most welcome. This is one of Grafton's many buildings classified by the National Trust.

There is a Christian Bookshop on site.

Visitors are most welcome with guides available for groups and coaches.




Corner Duke Street and Victoria Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Located 0.2K from Grafton

Grafton Regional Art Gallery


Set in the restored 1880s Prentice House, the Grafton Regional Art Gallery is the Clarence Valley's premier visual arts centre.

The Grafton Regional Gallery holds the largest collection of artworks on the North Coast of New South Wales, and continues to develop its vibrant collections. The Gallery presents over 40 exhibitions and 70 programs and events each year.

The gallery's collection focuses on the acquisitions from the Biennial Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA). The JADA fosters Australian contemporary drawing practice, and as a result, the collection holds many fine examples of Australian drawings. It also includes the historical O'Grady watercolour collection of Australian flora and fauna.

Purchase unique, quality gifts at the gift shop.

Come and enjoy a beautiful coffee in the cafe, Rosearia, open Tuesday to Saturday.




158 Fitzroy Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Located 0.4K from Grafton

Grafton: Events

plunge art and culture festival


Take the 'plunge' and experience arts and culture in the Clarence Valley.

In March through to April 2016, the Clarence Valley Council will be hosting its fourth annual Art and Culture Festival plunge.

An award winning event, the purpose of plunge is to promote a diverse range of arts and cultural activities to locals and tourists in the Clarence Valley.

The nature of plunge means that anyone with a show, exhibition, workshop, or cultural event is able to register - resulting in a diverse range of experiences, full of fresh ideas, spontaneity, and lots of fun.

Whether you are into visual art, design, comedy, dance, film, theatre, or music, or would like to participate in a workshop, come and experience art and culture in the Clarence Valley in 2016.

For more information about plunge, please contact the organisers via email or phone.




2 Prince Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Located 0.2K from Grafton

Make it, Bake it or Grow it Produce Market


The Make it, Bake it or Grow It Produce Market continues to attract new stallholders while still maintaining its core of regulars. The market is held weekly on a Thursday, in the Christ Church Cathedral Op Shop Car Park on the corner of Duke and Fitzroy Streets. There is street parking available.

Discover the flavoursome taste of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs just harvested, much of it grown organically, chemical free and local, purchased directly from the grower.

Enjoy the wonderful assortment of condiments in the way of fruity jams, pickles, olives, olive oils, honey, eggs, and home baked goods.


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Duke Street,
Corner of Fitzroy Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Located 0.2K from Grafton

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Grafton


Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you!

Gates open at 5:30pm for a fantastic afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, with the big screen lighting up at sundown.

For further details please visit the website or 'Like' them at the Newcastle Permanent facebook page.




Memorial Park,
Prince Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Located 0.2K from Grafton

Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix The Clash on the Clarence


Round Four of the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix, 'The Clash on the Clarence', is to be held held on the scenic Clarence River at Grafton.

Formula powerboat racing is an extreme sport that is both fast and colourful. Explosive starts, hairpin turns, and high speed passing manoeuvres provide continuous action and excitement for spectators of all ages. You can view the entire course from any vantage point, ensuring that you don't miss any of the action.


Event Dates
2016
      18th Jun
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1 Prince Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Located 0.3K from Grafton

Theatre of War


The Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus conducted by their Artistic Director Greg Butcher, takes you on a journey through a 'Theatre of War', commemorating 100 years since World War One in the magnificently restored Saraton Theatre in Grafton.

This performance will also commemorate 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam, paying tribute to the entertainers of the era. A tribute to the end of World War Two will also be performed with songs from the Andrews Sisters and more. Proceeds to local RSL Sub-Branches and Legacy.

There will be two performances, one at 2.00pm and a second one at 7.00pm.

Bookings through the website, or on the phone number provided.





Saraton Theatre,
99 Prince Street
Grafton, NSW, 2460

Located 0.3K from Grafton

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