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The commercial and cultural centre of the Clarence Valley, Grafton is best known for its famous Jacaranda Festival when the city turns a vibrant purple.

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Location

The city of Grafton It is located 610 km (6.5 hr drive) north of Sydney, 340 km (3.5 hr drive) south of Brisbane and 86 km (60 min drive) from Coffs Harbour.

Grafton is an elegant city with its Victorian and Edwardian buildings, leafy Jacaranda lined streets and numerous parks throughout the city. Located in a bend of the Clarence River is it surrounded by water on three sides.

How to get there

Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 12 km from Grafton’s town centre. Regional Express Airlines (REX) operates more than 30 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney.

Coffs Harbour Airport is 88 km (70 min drive) from Grafton. The airport is serviced by Fly Corporate (flights to Brisbane), Tiger Air (flights to Melbourne and Sydney), Qantas (flights to Sydney) and Virgin Australia (flights to Sydney).

NSW Trainlink rail services provide access by train and coach from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Moree to Grafton, the railway station is situated in South Grafton. Regular  bus services in the Clarence Valley link the major centres of Grafton, Iluka, Maclean and Yamba and surrounding villages.

Population

Grafton is home to nearly 17,000 people and the median age of residents is 43 years.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 9% of the population.

The city is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network, this needs assessment provides an insight into population health across the North Coast community.

 

Healthcare facilities

Grafton Base Hospital is a level 3/4 base hospital within the Northern New South Wales Local Health District, services include: emergency department, medical ward, surgical ward, renal unit, maternity unit, children and adolescent ward, intensive care unit, coronary care unit, oncology unit, medical imaging/x-ray and community & allied health services. The hospital also provides: outpatient mental health, drug and alcohol, dental health and palliative care services.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus is 92 km (70 min drive) from Grafton, it is the major referral hospital for the Coffs Network of the Mid North Coast Local Health District. It is a 292 bed facility and provides a broad range of services and extensive outpatient clinics. A range of allied health services are also available on the campus.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Grafton.

Accredited GP practices

  • Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation
  • Grafton GP Super Clinic
  • Queen Street Clinic
  • South Grafton Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Grafton are: hospitals, aged care residential services, other social assistance services, local government administration, secondary education.
  • Childcare

For young families Grafton offers a range of childcare options including: long day care, family day care, out of school hours care and preschool.
  • Shopping

Grafton is home to a number of well know stores including Coles, Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets, Target, Bunnings Harvey Norman, Spotlight and Big W as well as a range of smaller  specialty and boutique stores.
  • Places of worship

Graton has a number of places of worship including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Salvation Army and Uniting churches. There is also a Buddhist community and Islamic musallah in Coffs Harbour and a Sikh temple in Woolgoolga (50 min drive from Grafton).
  • Points of interest

Grafton has historic architecture, shopping, restaurants and a vibrant artistic community including being home to the The Grafton Regional Gallery. It serves as the commercial hub of the Clarence Valley. There is a full calendar of events including the Jacaranda Festival, Grafton July Racing Carnival, Graft-TON GRIND Mountain Biking and the regular Grafton Farmers Market. The Clarence Valley Events Calendar provides a comprehensive listing of local events throughout the year.
  • Sporting activities

Grafton has a range of sporting clubs and sporting facilities including: basketball stadium, hockey fields, Olympic and heated swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, golf course and driving range. There is also fresh and salt water fishing opportunities. A comprehensive listing of sporting groups and their contact details are available at Clarence Valley Council's Community Services Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

In Grafton community groups and volunteer organisations include: Grafton Art Club Inc., Clarence Valley Orchestra & Chorus, Clarence Landcare Incorporated, Clarence Valley Women Incorporated (CVWI) and Rotary Club of Grafton. A comprehensive listing of groups and their contact details are available at Clarence Valley Council's Community Services Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Grafton, a good place to start are the Facebook pages and groups: Grafton/Clarence Valley community group, My Clarence Valley, Grafton City - BUY SWAP SELL and Clarence Valley History Past And Present.