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Local Attraction


Grafton on the clarence river is one of Australia's most stately country cities, with elegant boulevards lined with grand Victorian homes. The streets are filled with jacaranda trees which flower in october, providing a magnificent display of blossoms.

Grafton is the gateway to the pristine beaches and lagoons of Yuraygir National Park and the fishing ports of Iluka and Yamba, famous for their prawns.

A stately Victorian city, Grafton has many museums, historic homes and art and craft galleries.

Waterways are a major feature of the area and the Clarence River dominates the landscape. It runs from the McPherson Ranges of southern Queensland through moist gullies and deep valleys; beside soaring forests and rich farmland, before it surges into the Pacific Ocean at Yamba.

The Clarence has many tributaries and these wild rivers provide some of the most exciting white water canoeing and rafting experiences in Australia.

The Washpool National Park is just an hour's drive west of Grafton and has been World Heritage listed. Along with its neighbouring Gibraltar Range National Park, it provides visitor facilities and walking tracks in this wild and wonderful landscape.

Grafton is famous for its July racing carnival which draws many of the best horses and jockeys in the land and the Grafton Cup rates as one of the richest races in rural Australia.