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Grafton Area, NSW

Over 400 kilometres from source to sea, the Clarence River is a living link between the rugged highlands of the upper Clarence and the golden beaches that fringe the sparkling Pacific. Winding its way through deep ravines and broad plains, ancient forests, lush farmland, it links historic villages and 100 chartered islands.

Explore the Clarence River in your own style – from high adrenaline white-water canoeing to a tranquil river cruise. Potter about in a hire boat or cross the river by car or passenger ferry as several ferries still link the Clarence River’s islands and rural villages.

Grafton – one of Australia’s most beautiful provincial cities – is renowned for its Jacaranda trees, graceful old buildings and the Clarence River. During the famous Jacaranda Festival, Australia’s oldest floral festival, the city is carpeted with mauve blooms every October. As the commercial hub of the Clarence, Grafton has excellent accommodation, great shopping, award-winning restaurants and a vibrant artistic community.

The village of Ulmarra is one of Australia’s finest examples of a 19th century river-port. The entire village
has been classified by the National Trust and lining the main street are heritage buildings containing antiques and collectibles.

Historic treasures are housed within museums at Alumny Creek, Copmanhurst, Coutts Crossing, Glenreagh, Grafton, Lawrence, Maclean and Yamba and you’ll find many fine examples of colonial architecture. Grafton Regional Art Gallery, in the beautifully restored Prentice House, is an outstanding provincial gallery. Browse
through the 37 studios, galleries, antiques, arts and crafts and collectible stores dotted throughout towns and villages.

Outdoor adventures are limited only by your imagination …there are 4wd tours, guided bus tours, horse-riding, canoeing, bush-walking and bird-watching.You can play a round of golf with the kangaroos at one of seven golf courses and there are sports galore.

The Nymboida caters to adventures from wild to mild white-water rafting and canoeing, abseiling and rock-climbing, to quietly watching for a shy platypus from the large resident colony.

Nearest Airport: Grafton

About Grafton Area

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains