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South Grafton

One of Australia's most beautiful provincial cities, South Grafton is renowned for its location on the banks of the Clarence River. As the thriving commercial hub of the Clarence Valley, Grafton and South Grafton has a range of quality accommodation including motels, B&Bs, self-contained apartments, hotels and caravan parks. There is great shopping, award-winning restaurants and smorgasbord of entertainment from the many pubs and clubs. Grafton's stately streets, parks and manicured gardens host festivals and community celebrations. The Clarence River is a dominant feature in Grafton's landscape and lifestyle. Visitors compete in dragon boat racing, sailing events and power boat racing, the Head of the River rowing regatta and the powerful Bridge to Bridge Ski Race are all good viewing. You can explore the River at a more sedate pace on a relaxing river cruise or a hire 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. The Jacaranda Festival, Australia's longest running floral festival, is held in October when the streets are lined with vibrant purple blooms. Golfers will love the 18-hole golf course, popular with the locals (including kangaroos and wallabies) and the golf driving range. There's also bowls, squash, ten-pin bowling, gliding and rock climbing; and anglers will delight in the fresh and salt water fishing opportunities that the Clarence River affords.

South Grafton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Wollomombi Falls

The Wollomombi Falls are one of the highest falls in Australia. The spectacular single fall from the undulating plateau country around Wollomombi to the floor of the Wollomombi Gorge often gives visitors a truly superb view. The views, though sometimes shrouded in mist, are most spectacular after heavy rain in the area.

Wollomombi Falls are located less than one kilometre south of the village of Wollomombi and approximately two and a half kilometres by road. The access turn off is one and a half kilometres from Wollomombi on the Waterfall Way towards Armidale.

Wollomombi Falls are located in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Wollomombi, NSW, 2350

Located 12.9K from South Grafton

Armidale Heritage Tours

The Guided Heritage Tour is a two and a half hour taster of Armidale. You will be taken on an historical journey through Armidale with a lively and personal commentary from one of the tour guides.

There are four opportunities to alight from the bus - at the New England Regional Art Museum, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Armidale Railway Museum, and the University of New England's historic Booloominbah Homestead.

Bookings are recommended; tour operates on donations. Not suitable for children under four.

82 Marsh Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 23.2K from South Grafton

Armidale Folk Museum

The Armidale Folk Museum is conducted by Armidale Dumaresq Council and traces its origins back to 1933. It is housed in the magnificent 1863 Armidale Literary Institute and traces the history of this New England city.

Visitors marvel at the White family's large English coach, used by the State Governor during his tour of Armidale more than a century ago. A wide range of exhibits shows everyday life and work in the past, and of the citizen's solemn sacrifice in times of war.

From the humble child's doll carved in wood by her settler father, to the grand Buchanan Silver Tea service, presented by grateful citizens in 1879, the museum has something for everyone.

116 Faulkner Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 23.5K from South Grafton

South Grafton: Events

New England Antique Machinery and Heavy Horse Field Days

The New England Antique Machinery and Heavy Horse Field Day will be held in November at the Armidale Exhibition Centre.

Come along to see vintage working machinery, small motors, tractors, steam engines, horse drawn machinery, working draught horse demonstrations, blacksmith and heavy horse shoeing, vintage cars, and military vehicles. Or see what is on offer in the swap and sale.

Event Dates
      7th Nov
      8th Nov

8 Canambe Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 22.1K from South Grafton

Armidale Farmers Market

The Armidale Farmers Market occurs on the first and third Sunday of the month. Head along to buy fresh, local, seasonal produce, home made gourmet food, wine and plants. Get a hot cup of organic fair trade gourmet coffee and catch up with friends, or relax under a shady tree in the park. Find a real bargain and help reduce landfill by buying second hand treasures at the car boot sale.

The Armidale Farmers' Market is a great outing on a Sunday morning. Come on down and have some fun shopping for seasonal produce or that special bargain.

Located at Curtis Park near the Armidale Visitor Information Centre on Dumaresq Street.

Curtis Park,
82 Marsh Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 23.2K from South Grafton

Armidale Autumn Festival

The Armidale Autumn Festival weekend is a great weekend for visitors to get a taste of the community spirit and everything Armidale stands for. Armidale looks its best in Autumn, especially with the corridors of trees changing colours. Enjoy the atmosphere of the parade and relaxing down at the Creeklands for the afternoon, having a shop, enjoying the food and listening to music. The Autumn Festival began in 1992 and has grown with the population to become a highlight and celebration of the year for Armidale's community.

Some of the event highlights include the Night Markets, laser light show, traditional breakfast with the band, grand parade, carnival atmosphere, stalls down at the Creeklands, and to finish off a wonderful weekend, the Armidale Cup on the Monday.

Event Dates
      17th Mar
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82 Marsh Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 23.2K from South Grafton

Armidale Australia Day

Come and celebrate being Australian at Curtis Park in Armidale on Australia Day.

The official Citizenship and Awards Ceremony starts at 10.30am in Armidale Town Hall, followed by fun activities for the whole family.

Event Dates
      26th Jan

Curtis Park,
Dumaresq Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 23.3K from South Grafton

Armidale Markets in the Mall

Armidale Markets in the Mall are held on the last Sunday of each month with 50 plus different stalls making a regular appearance. Stalls include a huge range of quality handmade and handcrafted items, cupcakes, candles, bath and body products, skincare and makeup, handmade clothing, bags, shoes, linen, pottery, woodwork, plants, art, homewares, toys, puppets, stamping and scrap booking plus so much more.

The markets are held in Beardy Street, Armidale and are run by the Armidale PCYC.

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Armidale Post Office,
Beardy Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 23.4K from South Grafton

South Grafton: Travel Tips

Armidale Visitor Information Centre

Armidale, located in the New England High Country, has an abundance of sights and activities; something for everyone regardless of age or fitness level. The region is home to spectacular waterfalls and gorges, award winning cool climate wineries, boutique shopping, award winning coffee shops and restaurants, elegant cathedrals, pastoral homesteads and other heritage buildings, fascinating museums and galleries; as well as access to world heritage natural wonders.

For your accommodation needs you can choose from guesthouses, bed and breakfast and farm stay accommodation, motels, caravan parks and camping

Around Armidale there are a number of interesting half and full day trips to surrounding centres such as Uralla - haunt of the famous bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Walcha - with its spectacular sculptures and Guyra - top of the range.

The Armidale Visitor Information Centre is open daily from 9.00 - 5.00pm. Pop in and have a chat with a local.

82 Marsh Street
Armidale, NSW, 2350

Located 23.2K from South Grafton

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