Among the jacarandas

  • Why not pick up some delicious produce from a cafe, emporium, farmers market, or deli to have a picnic in your own patch of purple?
  • Pick up a novel, perhaps one set in Grafton itself (The Mint Lawn for example, written by our Clarence Valley Ambassador Gillian Mears), stretch out, start reading under the trees and let the blossoms fall as you while away the hours
  • Get dressed up in your best gear and have a photo shoot, with your family, friends and loved ones. Best spot? Check out our Instagram for some ideas @myclarencevalley
  • Here’s our favourite: How about doing nothing? Just for a moment. When was the last time you put aside your device, switched off from modern life’s distractions, stopped thinking, stopped doing? Being in the presence of these remarkable blossoms encourages stillness – even if only for just a few minutes.


Although you can spend all day just admiring the beauty of the Jacarandas and soaking up their simple beauty, Grafton offers some lovely activities to make your stay memorable. (And it’s scientifically proven that exposure to the colour purple makes humans ravenously hungry, fortunately Grafton has a splendid array of cafe’s, eateries and restaurants.) Take a look at our 2 day or 3 day itineraries.

The Clarence Valley

Extend your stay and experience the delights of the Clarence Valley. Grafton’s not far from the coast, including the gorgeous coastal towns of Yamba, Wooli and Iluka (only 40 minutes away) and the rather well kept secret of the Clarence Valley hinterland is just a short (and very picturesque) drive. Take a look at for inspiration.


This colourful, wonderful community celebration is loved by visitors and residents alike. The Jacaranda Festival occurs from Saturday 28 October to 5 November.

For all the information about the festival go to

My Clarence Valley

Phone: 02 6643 0800