Grafton, New South Wales, Australia

Grafton

Grafton is a city in the Northern Rivers region of the Australian state of New South Wales. It is located on the Clarence River, approximately 500 kilometres north-northeast of the state capital Sydney. The closest major cities, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, are located across the border in South-East Queensland. According to the 2016 census, the Grafton "significant urban area" had a population of 18,668 people.The city is the largest settlement and administrative centre of the Clarence Valley Council local government area, which has over 50,000 people in all.  

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Grafton is a city in the Northern Rivers region of the Australian state of New South Wales. It is located on the Clarence River, approximately 500 kilometres north-northeast of the state capital Sydney. The closest major cities, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, are located across the border in South-East Queensland. According to the 2016 census, the Grafton "significant urban area" had a population of 18,668 people.The city is the largest settlement and administrative centre of the Clarence Valley Council local government area, which has over 50,000 people in all.  

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Grafton is known and promoted as the Jacaranda City, in reference to its tree-lined streets and to the annual Jacaranda Festival. Inaugurated in 1935, Jacaranda is held each October/November. A half-day public holiday is observed locally on the first Thursday of November, the Festival's focal day. A half-day public holiday is also observed for the Grafton Cup horse race, held each year on the second Thursday in July. It is the high point of the city's annual Racing Carnival—Australia's largest and richest non-metropolitan Carnival—which takes place over a fortnight in that month. Grafton is the birthplace of several renowned country music players. Local artist Troy Cassar-Daley received four Golden Guitar awards at the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Awards—the largest and most prestigious country music awards in Australia. At the same event Samantha McClymont, the 2005/2006 Grafton Jacaranda Queen and sister of Brooke McClymont, also received an award for her country music talent. A vision of Grafton with its numerous brilliantly-flowered trees in bloom is immortalised in Australian popular music in Cold Chisel's song Flame Trees, written by band member Don Walker, who had lived in Grafton during his formative years.  

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Before European settlement, the Clarence River marked the border between the Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr peoples, and so descendants of both language groups can now be found in the Grafton region. Grafton, like many other settlements in the area, was first opened up to white settlement by the cedar-getters. An escaped convict, Richard Craig, discovered the district in 1831. With the wealth of 'red gold' cedar just waiting for exploitation, he was given a pardon and one hundred pounds to bring a party of cedar-getters on the cutter 'Prince George' to the region. Word of such wealth to be had did not take long to spread and one of the arrivals was pioneer John Small on the 'Susan' in 1838, and he first occupied land on Woodford Island. 'The Settlement' was established shortly after. In 1851, Governor FitzRoy officially named the town ""Grafton"", after his grandfather, the Duke of Grafton, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.Grafton was proclaimed a city in 1885. Local industries include logging, beef cattle, fishing/prawning, sugar, manufacturing and tourism. The Grafton Bridge, connecting the main townsite with South Grafton, opened in 1932. It completed the standard-gauge rail connection between Sydney and Brisbane, and also forming a vital link for the Pacific Highway. Previously the only way to travel from Grafton to South Grafton was via ferry. As a result, South Grafton developed quite a separate identity, and in fact had its own municipal government from 1896 to 1956.  

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Grafton Shoppingworld provides some specialty shops, as does the nearby main streets. South Grafton also has its own local shops.  

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The world-renowned Jacaranda Festival is held yearly in Grafton, Northern Rivers New South Wales, from the last weekend in October to the first weekend in November. It expresses the people's thanksgiving for the generosity with which nature blesses this part of the globe. 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. Grafton is close to both freshwater and saltwater fishing environments. Bass, Bream, Flathead, and Cod can be found in the Clarence River or in the smaller creeks and streams that surround. Be aware that the Clarence River Cod is an endagered species and must be released when caught. The Clarence River is one of the best sailing rivers in the world. Wide, deep, and with the beautiful afternoon sea breezes in summer, it is the perfect place to launch a boat or sail in through the large ocean bar. Clarence River Sailing Club race every Saturday from 1PM. The club is located under the north side of the bridge. A great bunch of people who welcome new and experienced sailors.  

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Located right in the centre of town Grafton’s newest Dining & Entertainment venue. We offer delicious food, award winning TAB facilities, an extensive range of beers on tap and ample parking. Whether it is drinks for a celebration or a girl’s night out, we offer the opportunity to share great food and good times with Family and Friends.  

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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.  

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