Local Info

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.

There is great shopping, award-winning restaurants and smorgasbord of entertainment from the many pubs and clubs.

The Clarence River 

One of Australia's most majestic waterways, the Clarence River is a dominant feature in Grafton's landscape and lifestyle. Visitors travel from all over the world to compete in dragon boat, sail, and power boat racing, a well as the Head of the River rowing regatta in December and one of Australia's premier water skiing events, the famous Bridge to Bridge Ski Race in October. See our events section for more information. You can explore the River at a more sedate pace on a hire boat or canoe enjoy a bird's eye view as you use the pedestrian foot-bridge to cross the famous "Bendy Bridge", an engineering marvel built in 1932.

Major Events 

  • Jacaranda City Motorcycle Rally - March
  • April Fools Sailing Regatta - March/April
  • Fay Boyd's Fine Art School - Apirl www.fayboydsfineartschool.com
  • Maclean Highland Gathering - April
  • Grafton Eisteddfod - Dance section - April
  • Grafton Hill Climb – April
  • Grafton Agricultural Show - May www.graftonshow.com.au
  • Big River Camp draft - May
  • Grafton Eisteddfod (Music) - May
  • Grafton Eisteddfod (Primary Schools Day) - May
  • Junior Boys Hockey Under 15's - NSW State Championships - June
  • Battle of the Bands - June
  • North Coast Open Tennis Championship - June
  • Week-End of Trucking – June Long Weekend
  • The NSW Squash Open - June Long Weekend
  • International Philosophy, Science and Theology Festival - June
  • July Greyhound Racing Carnival - July www.graftongreyhounds.com
  • July Racing Carnival - (Horseracing) - July www.crjc.com.au
  • Sunshine State Navex Air Race (South Grafton to Maroochy) - August
  • Wattle Day Celebrations - September
  • Clarence Schools Head of the River Regatta - September www.graftonrowing.asn.au
  • Bridge to Bridge Ski Race – October Long Weekend www.bridge2bridge.com.au/
  • Jacaranda Festival – Last Weekend October First weekend November
  • Grafton's Jacaranda Sports Aviation Air Muster - October
  • Bridge to Bridge Sailing Classic to Grafton – October Long Weekend
  • Grafton to Inverell Cycle Race - October
  • Jacaranda Dragon Boats - End October/Start November www.graftondragonboatclub.com.au/
  • Jacaranda Thursday - November www.jacarandafestival.org.au/
  • Jacaranda Venetian Carnival and Fireworks Display - November
  • Jacaranda Float Procession - November
  • Grafton Cycle Club www.graftoncycleclub.com.au