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Grafton Things to Do


    I really love seeing items made out of different types of wood that has been beautifully polished when finished.The Northern Rivers Woodworkers Association were holding their annual exhibition during the Jacaranda Festival. Not only was there a good display put on by members, some of the members had their machines there and were busy making pieces....

  • Driving Around at Jacaranda Time

    Grafton is a very beautiful city, set on the banks of the mighty Clarence River...and she is a beauty...the Clarence River that is. So if you choose a quieter time of day when the traffic has eased you will enjoy the Jacarandas and some of the beautiful buildings.At the end of Prince Street there is a pub right on the river where you can park enjoy...


    If you like seeing old historic buildings, then do not forget to visit South Grafton, located on the Pacific Highway side of the Clarence River. Pick up the heritage trail from the Tourist information centre.Some sights I saw, were St Matthew's Anglican Church (1886), that contains stained-glass windows from the English chapel of the Duke of...


    The Jacaranda Festival Float Parade is always held on the last Saturday of the Festival.Local businesses are in the parade, a form of advertising for them. There a lots of floats representing community groups, each with their own display. The vintage cars were in the Parade, bands, children's characters, dogs, motorcycles, roller-bladers, schools,...


    Scottish Pipe Bands are part of the Jacaranda festival and are in the Parade.Before the Parade begins in the late afternoon, the Scottish Pipe bands play to the public in Market Square, beginning at 1.30pm. Grafton has its own pipe band, they were joined by Pipe bands from Maclean, Armidale and the Coffs Coast.They have a "wee" rest, before having...


    The wooden Boat show was another attraction at the Jacaranda festivalThe wooden boat show was held in Corcoran Park which is beside the Clarence River. There is quite a large free car-park, boat ramp, picnic tables, bbq's and toilets. All the boats on display were made by people, not in a factory, this made them extra special.We paid a gold coin...

  • Visit The Clarence River Country Muster...

    Well if you enjoy country music here is something special...visit the Clarence Valley Country Muster. The very first ever was October 2013.....three days of country muster entertainment but campers are welcome to come in earlier in the week....see dates on current website.Held at Jacaranda Festival Time..... gates opened 28th October in...


    This Church is a change from the other Churches in Grafton as it is not dull bricks, but has been plastered and painted white. Even though it was built in 1886, it still is in good condition and looks beautiful with its tall tower. Looking through the Jacaranda trees to the church made it extra pretty.Located beside the Church fence, were what is...


    The Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle club had on display at the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, Vintage, Veteran and Classic CarsVintage cars are the oldest Cars, made between 1919 to 1930. Hudson produced the Essex in 1919, there was the Model T Ford and a Chevrolet on the market at the same time.At the show, there was a gorgeous Model T Ford Coupelet on...


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Grafton Restaurants

  • Two I missed

    Bit of a pity but we just did not get to these two 'Standouts' the Information Centre lady told me about when I enquired for some some cafes that were a bit different.Both are in South Grafton.The first was Cafe Alchemy which you find in The Emporium...described as quirky with a Mediterranean influence....and organic coffee. Then on Skinner street...


    This club is located beside the Clarence River. Parking is in the street and in the FREE CAR-PARK across the road. On entering the Club, you must sign in at Reception, this is so they know you are a visitor to the area.We enjoyed a meal here in 2009, so we decided a return visit was in order. Since then, things have changed a little.We were told...

  • Enjoy the Vines

    We had been here on a previous trip to Grafton with some friends who told us the food was good...and it was. So we found Vines at 139 again just by some clever this time here it is on we will always find the name and address easily.Vines is a Cafe, a Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant, and a Fine Dining Restaurant.On Sundays...


Grafton Nightlife

  • What about a Show

    So if you are in Grafton you might check the web site or enquire at The Book Warehouse 65 Prince street and you might be lucky enough to be around for one of the Criterion shows.In November 2013 there are plans to perform Sandy Wilson's "The Boyfriend". There will be a Preview, An Opening Night, and five other performances.Some of the cast were at...


    Well there are two main Clubs in Grafton....on the south side down by the river in Wharf Street you have the Ex-Sevicemen's Club and in Fry Street in Grafton itself there is The Grafton District Servicemen's Club.The club in South Grafton has a most beautiful view of the Clarence River and was the venue for The Jacaranda Ball and a display of...

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Grafton Transportation

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    The Pacific Highway which runs along the east coast of Australia, is a major transport route and probably the one you will come along when driving to Grafton. It is part of Australia's national
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    When close to Grafton, you will see large green signs with arrows pointing in what direction to go, just follow the one that says to Grafton. This will take you a very short distance where you will come across another green sign, follow this one as it will take you through South Grafton and over the bridge to the main city centre of Grafton.
    Along the way, stop at the excellent Grafton Information Centre.

    Catching the XPT Train is a very easy way to reach Grafton, as the town is situated on the main Sydney to Brisbane line. For more information, on Buses and Trains, check out the listed websites.

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Grafton Shopping


    The Tafe Markets had a stall that sold Roses. What was different at this stall, was there were 'new release' Roses flowering and for sale, these you usually have to go to a specialist Rose Nursery to buy, so this is something to remember.The Roses in pots were a good size plant and selling at a very reasonable price.Now, if your a romantic, you may...


    Several times through-out the day, I had been told by elderly ladies to visit the Mini-Mart.It is wonderful, so much there and so much to choose from, you must go! That is what they told me. What they didn't tell me, was the shop mainly sold knitted and crocheted items. If your interested in this type of gift, then there is a good variety including...


    On holiday in Grafton and want somewhere to do your shopping all in one place?Grafton Shopping World is the place to go. Plenty of OFF STREET FREE PARKING, and plenty of shops!The major grocery shops are COLES & WOOLWORTHSFor all kinds of items in major stores check out TARGET & BIG W.Other shops in the complex include Fashion for men, women &...


Grafton Local Customs


    This year, [2013], the first Clarence Valley Country Music Muster was held over three days at a property in Calliope. November 1 -3rd in 2013, check the website for next years dates.We didn't go because it didn't interest us, but our neighbours at our campsite, came especially for the Muster and the Jacaranda Festival. They could have bush camped...


    Grafton has a new Town Crier after the old one retired after 25 years service.The Town Crier is Trevor Green, who has only been on duty for 2 years. The townsfolk are pretty chuffed with Trevor, as he went to Maryborough for the 21st National Town Crier Championship, and won! He won in Best Dressed, Best Scroll and Best Cries categories, and he was...


    Grafton is a busy city with plenty of car-parks, but not enough to cater for all the cars.What is good, is ALL THE CAR PARKING IS FREE.The large Grafton Shopping World has outdoor and underneath car parks.Parking in the street has a green and white sign, stating the hours and times of the day you can park + for how long. If you overstay the time...


Grafton Warnings and Dangers

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    by wise23girl Written Nov 3, 2013

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    We did not find it really easy to find our way into Grafton from the Pacific Highway coming from the north.

    The Pacific Highway does bypass the town but there is a place where north and south mingle and then it is a bit windy.....if you want South Grafton do not go over the bridge. We had come from Ulmarra on The Pacific Highway and at that time there was no lines marked which made it a bit confusing especially with all the road transport semi trailers coming along.
    It seems the Summerland Way and the Gwydir Highway (No 38) and The Pacific Highway (No1) are all in the vicinity. The Pacific goes south to Coffs Harbour and the Gwydir west to Glen Innes and so on.

    My advice to you is download a map or else buy one along the way....or at least be prepared. Those 'tom tom' thingys are not always the best in situations such as this.

    You can also come into Grafton from the Woodenbong on the Summerland Way and from the Clarence River drive (from Yamba via Maclean and Lawrence) then of course you do not cross the bridge.

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    Another idea for a spare day, is to travel 16kms along the Pacific highway to the 19th century river-port village of Ulmarra. The entire village is classified by the National Trust.You can either pick up a heritage walk brochure or download one from the listed web-site. Not everything is old though! I found the Wood shop which had lovely items made...


    This is a pretty Tourist Drive we have done many times before. If you have some time to spare, then why not go for this 66kms drive. You can make a day of it, fuel is available along the way, and food is available at Maclean and Lawrence.It was a pity we struck smoke from nearby bushfires, this was especially bad in spots near Grafton.The drive...

  • Clarence River Scenic Drive

    This beautiful scenic drive of 66 k along the banks of the mighty Clarence River is very nostalgic for me for this is where I was born but only have faint childhood memories as I did not return here for many years.You can begin the drive in the historic tree lined city of Grafton and head for Yamba or vice versa or you can 'join in' along the way...


Grafton Sports & Outdoors


    We are Water Skiers, and envy the big wide calm waters of the Clarence river. Only wish we had something like this near where I live. October, and the River is a very busy place, as this is when the BRIDGE TO BRIDGE SKI RACE is held. The Grafton Bridge to Bridge is a 108 km water ski race from Grafton to Harwood Bridge and return. The event...


    The big event on the Grafton Racing Calendar, is "The Grafton Cup" which is run on the second Thursday in July, and is the richest race in Rural Australia. The carnival draws many nationally rated jockeys and horses competing, so for visitor's, its a great time to have a day at the races!Horse racing is VERY popular here, so much, that Cup day is a...

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Grafton Favorites


    The Dog Obedience Club was in the Jacaranda Festival. As they walked past, they caused quite a stir, for there was a Dog that looked like a miniature Lion! Had this Dog been shaved which is a new fad at the moment, or had they bought something the same colour as the Dog and put around his neck so he looked like a Lion.I really don't know! I will...


    The city of Grafton is a bit of a hot spot!During the months of November, December, January & February, temperatures have reached from 42° to 43.8° These are the records for those months. Even so, it is only in July where the temperature is lower than 30°. Most of the time it is a little cooler than these temperatures, but still quite warm to...


    I love it when we drive over the River bridge into Grafton! The mighty Clarence River is what we pass over, a very wide river that sometimes floods Grafton. Views of the River are quite good from the bridge.When crossing this Bridge, I bet you don't realize that it is two tiers high, cars are on the top level and two railway lines are on the lower...


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