Grafton is famous for its breathtaking Jacaranda trees that burst into a sea of purple blooms between October and November each year. Beyond this natural spectacle, it's also acknowledged as one of NSW’s preferred retirement destinations.
Located on the Clarence River in northern NSW, the town’s rural charm is capturing the interest of more and more downsizers relocating from busier urban centres.
From natural beauty to a strong sense of community, affordability to a relaxed pace of life, Grafton is ticking all the boxes. This is a place where retirees can kick back in a friendly and peaceful setting while still having everything they need, from everyday essentials to cultural experiences, within easy reach.
Grafton’s natural delights
Jacaranda season brings the community together with parades, festivities and market stalls. It’s a magnet for locals, day-trippers and tourists alike. And while some are all about grabbing the perfect selfie, others just want to unplug and soak in the pure magic of nature.
In fact, when it comes to natural attractions, Clarence Valley and the adjacent coastline deliver in spades all year round. From parks and reserves to rivers, lakes and beaches, a number of amazing destinations are either on your doorstep or make for an easy day trip.
Bushwalkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities will find plenty of places to relax and explore. Hike along the scenic Yuraygir Coastal Walk from the seaside town of Angourie or check out one of the other nature reserves like the Iluka Forest Walking Track and be treated to both lush rainforest and panoramic views. Bom Bom State Forest Mountain has scenic bike trails for cyclists of all levels.
Fishing and water sports
With direct access to some of NSW’s largest and most spectacular rivers and lakes, fishing and water sports enthusiasts are literally swimming in options. Dragon boat racing, sailing, rowing regattas, and the Bridge-to-Bridge Ski Race are just some of the activities on offer.
The Clarence Canoe and Kayak Trail is the longest mapped whitewater trail in Australia with sections that are suitable for everyone from newbies through to nimble paddlers.
Breathtaking beaches are dotted all around the nearby coast, and a 30 to 45 minute drive will take you to unique (and often 4WD accessible) spots like Wooli Beach, Minnie Water Beach and Diggers Camp, where a coastal gold mine operated in the 1800s.
Community and culture
Grafton’s museums, landmarks and vibrant arts scene are major reasons for its appeal for downsizers who appreciate history and culture.
With its beautiful National Trust-listed buildings, the town is a real heritage hotspot. The Grafton Heritage Trailis a great way to check out local architectural marvels like the famous Bendy Bridge, the Gaol and Cathedral.
Shopping, dining and amenities
The dining scene combines traditional country flair with modern culinary smarts. In the centre of Grafton you’ll find a great range of eating options, from restaurants and cafes to bars, breweries and pubs. The century-old Ulmarra Hotel, which is a short 15 minute drive out of town, has loads of historic charm and a hugely popular beer garden.
Home cooks can buy fresh seasonal produce at the Grafton Twilight Farmers Market, held weekly in Market Square.
Shopping World caters to all of your other shopping needs, with over 80 stores and specialty retailers including BigW, Coles, Dan Murphy’s, Target and Woolworths.
Grafton’s Jacaranda Grove offers a new lifestyle for over 50s
Located just minutes away from the centre of Grafton and all the Clarence Valley has to offer, Jacaranda Grove is a master-planned lifestyle community designed for people over 50.
Whether retired, fully employed or still working part-time, it’s perfect choice for downsizers who want to simplify their home and garden upkeep while enjoying the company of like-minded neighbours in a secure and pet-friendly environment.
The landlease model means that you pay no stamp duty or council rates and, if you sell, you retain capital gains and pay no exit fees.
You can choose from a variety of modern, open-plan two or three-bedroom homes with airconditioning and quality appliances, and lifestyle features like entertaining decks, undercover carports and onsite boat and caravan storage.
The clubhouse, community swimming pool and BBQ area are perfect for socialising and forging new friendships. And for residents with specialist medical needs, Grafton Hospital and Super Clinic are close by and have a full range of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, diabetes and nursing services.
Recommendations from happy residents
Residents of Jacaranda Grove are enthusiastic about the independence, camaraderie, and facilities the community provides – all in a location that perfectly combines peacefulness with the chance to embrace an active way of life.
We asked a few of them to share their thoughts on community life.
Phillip and Karen have always lived in the area and are grateful they’re able to downsize while staying close to family and friends. They enjoy the easier lifestyle and peaceful surroundings that having a home in Jacaranda Grove provides.
Peter and Jill value the convenience of being close to Grafton Airport and a 2-hour drive away from the Gold Coast. Exploring the area on weekend driving trips is something they love to do, and they appreciate the fact that you can be as social as you like without feeling overwhelmed.
Michael loves the shared facilities, the friendly people and the convenience of having such a wide range of shops and retail on tap. Driving to other spots like Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast is also something he’s fond of doing.
Jacaranda Grove is operated by Hometown Australia which has around 50 communities and over 10,000 residents across Australia.
Discover our brand new homes available at Jacaranda Grove today and get in touch with our sales team to find out more.