Grafton is renowned for its stunning Jacaranda trees that burst into a sea of purple blooms between October and November each year. It is also recognised as one of New South Wales’s preferred retirement destinations for downsizers relocating from busier urban centres.
During Jacaranda season, the community comes together with parades, festivities, and market stalls. When it comes to natural attractions, Clarence Valley and the adjacent coastline offer parks, reserves, rivers, lakes, and beaches. Bushwalkers and cyclists of all ages will find plenty of places to explore. Hike along the Yuraygir Coastal Walk from Angourie or take the Iluka Forest Walking Track through lush rainforest and panoramic views. Bom Bom State Forest Mountain provides scenic bike trails suitable for cyclists of all levels.Fishing and Water Sports
With direct access to some of New South Wales’s largest and most spectacular rivers and lakes, there are many options available for fishing and water sports enthusiasts, from dragon boat racing and sailing to rowing regattas and the Bridge-to-Bridge Ski Race. Breathtaking beaches are scattered along the coast, with unique (and often 4WD accessible) spots just a 30-to-45-minute drive away.Community and Culture
Grafton’s museums, landmarks, and vibrant arts scene are major attractions for downsizers who appreciate history and culture. The town boasts beautiful National Trust-listed buildings and is a true heritage hotspot. The Grafton Heritage Trail offers a great way to explore local architectural marvels like the famous Bendy Bridge, the Gaol, and the Cathedral. The Grafton Regional Gallery hosts regular exhibitions, and the latest movie releases can be enjoyed at the historic Saraton Theatre.
Grafton offers a wide range of eating options, including restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries, and pubs. The Ulmarra Hotel, a 15-minute drive out of town, exudes historic charm and features a popular beer garden. Fresh seasonal produce is available at the weekly Grafton Twilight Farmers Market. For other shopping needs, there are over 80 stores and specialty retailers in town.
Located just minutes away from the centre of Grafton, Jacaranda Grove is a land lease community tailored for people over 50. Whether retired, part time, or fully employed, it’s the perfect choice for downsizers looking to simplify their home and garden maintenance while connecting with like-minded neighbours in a secure and pet-friendly environment. Modern, open-plan two or three-bedroom homes with air conditioning and quality appliances are available, along with lifestyle features like entertaining decks, undercover carports, and on-site boat and caravan storage.
The clubhouse, community swimming pool, and BBQ area are ideal for socialising and forming new friendships. For residents with specialised medical needs, Grafton Hospital and Super Clinic are conveniently nearby, offering a full range of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, diabetes care, and nursing services.
Residents of Jacaranda Grove speak enthusiastically about the independence, camaraderie, and facilities the community provides. We asked a few of them to share their thoughts on community life.
Phillip and Karen, who have always lived in the area, are grateful they can 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 near Grafton Airport and a 2-hour drive away from the Gold Coast. Exploring the area on weekend driving trips is a favourite pastime, and they appreciate the flexibility to be as social as they like without feeling overwhelmed.
Michael loves the shared facilities, friendly people, and the convenience of having a wide range of shops and retail options at his fingertips. He also enjoys driving to other destinations like Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast.
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