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The Jacaranda capital of Australia

Grafton is only an hour or so North of Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway and it is famous for its avenues of beautiful Jacarandah trees. I have always loved the Jacarandah and even planted one in my garden 20 odd years ago. The new owners must like it because it is still growing steadily and is one of the larger trees in the street. How beautiful.
While researching this beautiful place I discovered some information that I hadn't been aware of.
- The floral festival (for Jacarandas) is the oldest in Australia having first started in 1943. The festival is held during October and November every year.
- In a neighbouring Susan Island rain forest there lives the largest flying fox colony in the southern hemisphere.
- WINSTON CHURCHILL has links to Grafton in a most unusual way. Just upstream of the Clarence River on the Southern side of the bridge you will find the rusty remains of an old ferry........must get a photo. It, (the ferry called the SS Induna) had an early life in Africa and to quote the Great Australian Gazeteer of 2003, ".........earlier life in Africa weekly steamer that
played a part in the escape of a young war correspondent - in 1899 Winston Chrchill escaped
from a prison in Pretoria and rode the Induna to safety in Durban ......"

So GRAFTON is not just a pretty face.....er sorry.... place.

More information on this interesting and old township may be found by copying this link.............

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Grafton is famous for its Jacarandas
  • Cons:It is far too hot and too far from the sea in summer.
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful place to visit but I wouldn't want to live here
  • Last visit to Grafton: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2006 at 1:03 PM

    This is a off the beaten path I would not try to hike ! The Jacarandas are just beautiful.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2005 at 2:48 AM

    I've actually been inside the gaol and, you're right, it's not a pleasant place.

  • Colzy's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2005 at 4:07 AM

    Last time I was in Grafton I parked under a jacaranda tree and spent all afternoon with parts of the flower spitting out at me through the air conditioning :) Gr8 tips :)

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 9:20 PM

    Can you imagine spending even one night in prison? I can't.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 2:55 AM

    Now here is a place I have been meaning and meaning to go to.


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