Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Grafton along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Nationals of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can transit through Australia to a third country without a visa. The same applies to travelers who reside in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, or New Caledonia. The onward flight must be within 72 hours of their arrival in Australia. If there are less than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. If there are more than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. All travelers entering Australia must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia. If the duration of their stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of Australia, except for people who regularly reside in another country, airline and maritime crew, freight personnel, offshore facility personnel, government personnel, and Australian Defence Force personnel. . If you are looking to book a trip to Grafton and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
Situated near the Pacific Ocean, blessed with a stunning natural climate and surrounded by gorgeous scenery, Grafton is one of the best destinations Australia has to offer.
The streets of Grafton are lined with jacaranda trees, which is pleasant enough for most of the year. However, at the end of October and into November, the city bursts into rich purple bloom as the jacaranda’s flower. This visually stunning natural spectacle is accompanied by a wonderful music festival held under the colourful branches.
The city also lies on the Clarence River, which is one of the best waterways for sailing in Australia. Rent a sailing boat and just cruise in the sunshine or head out fishing with local experts.
Beautiful beaches are also not far away. Drive into the breathtaking Yuraygir National Park to find unspoilt stretches of sand that have been untouched by tourist developments. Spot frolicking dolphins and catch the excellent surf at Angourie Beach.
Racing is another local attraction, and the people of Grafton love to watch a good contest at the Clarence River Jockey Club. Visit in July for the well-attended and exciting racing carnival.
Back in the city, there are plenty of outdoor attractions such as a group of superb golf courses, and horse riding facilities at Wave Hill Station as well as canoe hire at the Nymboida Canoe Centre. Diners are also well served by restaurants serving global cuisine – although local farmers’ markets offer the rich produce of the Clarence Valley as well.
Grafton is also rich in heritage. Take a walking tour past historic landmarks like Christ Church Cathedral and the town gaol, and see the excellent collection of artworks at the Regional Art Gallery, while the Alumny Creek School Museum provides a unique window into nineteenth century lifestyles.
Visiting during big events like the races or the Jacaranda Festival could be a great cultural experience, but the crowds can mean that accommodation costs go up a bit. However, the jacaranda season is a must-see for nature lovers, so booking ahead might be a good idea. For others, the trails and beaches of Yuraygir will be at their best in spring (September) or the New South Wales autumn (around March and April).
The local bus service is quite comprehensive and reliable, but the city is not that large, and the flat terrain is quite walkable. Buses will get you to locations in the Clarence Valley, but a rental car is best if you want to travel further afield. Why not rent a four wheel drive vehicle and bikes together?