Located in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region on the Clarence River, Grafton is a charming Australian city known for its rich history, wide tree-lined streets and perpetually warm weather. The best time to visit is in spring, when the city turns purple from more than 2000 flowering jacaranda trees. Grafton is even fondly promoted as the Jacaranda City for its annual Jacaranda Festival, which locals celebrate with a half-day public holiday on the first Thursday of November.
Locals also observe a half-day public holiday for the annual Grafton Cup in July, the climax of Grafton’s annual fortnight-long racing carnival, when horse-racing enthusiasts from across the country descend on Grafton for the biggest non-metropolitan racing carnival in Australia.
But don’t worry if you’re not visiting Grafton in July or November – with a full calendar of events year-round, there is no shortage of things to do. Shop for fresh local produce at the Grafton Farmers’ Market before stopping for a counter meal in one of the quaint country pubs. The Grafton Heritage Trail profiles the city’s grand history and stunning architecture, while the Grafton Regional Gallery showcases the works of famous Australian artists. Grafton is also the perfect base from which to explore the nearby Nymboida National Park.
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