Famous for its jacaranda-lined streets, Grafton is a stately city on the Clarence River in northern NSW. The city bursts into vibrant colour on cue every spring for the Jacaranda Festival, held either in the last week in October or the first week in November.
But while Grafton celebrates the jacaranda, flame and wheel trees, the riverside parks and majestic old buildings are also major contributors to the city’s distinctive character and charm.
Among the most interesting of the National Trust-protected buildings include Shaeffer House which is home to the district historical society, Prentice House, which guards one of the best regional art collections in Australia, the courthouse, Christ Church Cathedral and the forbidding Grafton Gaol.
Set on the junction of the Pacific and Gwydir Highways, Grafton is 625km north of Sydney and little more than a half hour drive from the coast and the surf.
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region of New South Wales.