Grafton (New South Wales)

Grafton is a city in northern New South Wales, Australia. 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. The city was founded in 1855 and has a population of slightly less than 18,000.

Get in

Grafton is 630km north of Sydney and 320km south of Brisbane.

Rex Airlines has daily flights directly into Grafton from Sydney and Taree.

A variety of bus services stop in Grafton on their trips between Sydney and Brisbane.

Most major car rental services can be found in the city. 4wd are recommended if travelling to remote National Parks and beaches, but most can be accessed by 2wd vehicles and campervans.

XPT trains stop daily in Grafton from Sydney and Brisbane. Very comfortable trains and great views.

Get around

Cars or 4wd's are the best option but there are many local buses provided by Busways.


Lying on two sides of the Clarence River, the town is connected by a single, unique bridge. Completed in 1932, the bridge is a dual-level railway(bottom)/road(top) bridge plus a center bascule section (essentially a drawbridge).


In 2009 the festival officially starts on Friday, October 30th and concludes on Sunday, 8th November.

Inaugurated in 1935, this was the first of Australia's folk festivals and is based upon the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees which grow in Grafton's broad tree lined avenues.

It expresses the people's thanksgiving for the generosity with which nature blesses this part of the globe.


Grafton Shoppingworld provides some specialty shops, as does the nearby main streets.

South Grafton also has its own local shops.


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