Grafton is a growing regional city on the banks of Clarence River in New South Wales, known for its historical, Victorian buildings and Jacaranda trees which stretch across the city. Situated 50km from the coast, the fertile river flats make for rich farming land (primarily dairy and sugar cane) all of which contribute to the local economy. Known for its violet coloured springs and rich history, Grafton is home to many national parks and annual local events including the Grafton show and the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, just to name a few.
The regional town houses a population of around 19,000 residents, with a wide range of demographics. Grafton is considered a developed city, being family orientated with most households comprising of families with children or elderly retired or semi-retired couples. Grafton is a safe and friendly country town, with a strong sense of community.
Like most rural towns in NSW, public transport in Grafton is not highly established. There is a public bus service within the city that runs as far as Yamba but otherwise quite limited, with most residents travelling by car.
Shopping for the family:
Grafton city is very established for the locals’ convenience, providing a range of supermarkets to choose from within the city itself. There are multiple Coles, Woolworths and IGA’s as well as regularly held local fresh food markets. The Grafton Farmers Markets happen every Thursday morning from 7 am-11 and the Grafton Showground markets are held every third Saturday of the month. Looking to explore the local area? There are plenty of other markets and shopping options in close by towns. Head two hours north to beautiful Byron Bay or just one hour drive to Coffs Harbour in the south-east.
The school run:
Grafton has two public schools; Grafton Primary and High School. However, if a private school is of interest, Clarence Valley Anglican School and St Mary’s Primary School are also on offer, located in Grafton city. For students wanting to undertake further studies, there is a TAFE campus in Grafton for their convenience. Those wanting to attend University are required to travel to the cities further afield.
What’s going on:
Grafton is seen as a rural tourist attraction, with plenty of things to see and do. It is also home to a wide range of native flora and fauna. There are plenty of picnic spots and trails close by in Yuraygir National Park, which stretches past Grafton and a further 65km up the northern NSW coastline. Susan Island, located in the middle of the Clarence River between north and south Grafton, also makes up twenty hectares of natural reserve to explore. The town has a range of landmarks, such as the Grafton Bridge, and other historic buildings which scatter the landscape in and around the township. The Town also plays host to a large range of events, popular with the locals and visitors throughout the year. The most famous event in Grafton is the annual Jacaranda Queen Crowning Parade and River Festival dating back to 1907.
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