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.
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.
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.
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.
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.