Friday october 30th - Sunday November 8th

Clock Tower with Queens Crown at night

Grafton Bridge

The Official Countdown!

We only have 3 weeks left until our wonderful Valley will turn a lovely shade of purple and we rein the 2015 Jacaranda Queen. Click on the link below to see how many weeks, hours and days there is left until the festivity begins!

Welcome to Grafton's Jacaranda Festival
The world-renowned Jacaranda Festival is held annually in Grafton, Northern Rivers New South Wales, from the last weekend in October to the first weekend in November.

Inaugurated in 1934, this was the first of Australia's folk festivals and celebrates the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees that grow in Grafton's broad tree lined avenues. Henry Volkers introduced the first Jacaranda trees to Grafton and each year the trees are celebrated, although it has changed over the years to adapt to today’s society, this traditional event is still widely celebrated within the town.

The oldest floral festival still celebrated in Australia, was first appreciated in a much different way. It was one of the few means of entertainment to look forward to. So when Jacaranda time rolled around, the town was in high spirits. Even during the difficult times of WWII, this festival had a way of uplifting the community and giving them something wonderful to celebrate

A half-day public holiday is observed locally on the first Thursday of the latter month, the Festival's focal day.

To find out more about our 2015 Senior & Junior Candidates, click on the "Candidates & Matron of Honour"  link under the Join the Fun tab.

Welcome our 2015 guest of honour;
stella wilson

Stella was born the year Grafton first held a floral festival to celebrate the incomparable beauty of many Jacarandas in full bloom, gracing the streets of the city.


She first participated in the festival when in kindergarten, dancing the maypole on schools day, and continued to perform in various ways throughout her primary and secondary schooling.


As a teenager, she looked forward to joining her peers in all the folk dancing sessions then held immediately after feature events in venues such as Jacaranda Avenue, Market Square and the Showground.


After High School Stella attended Armidale Teachers College and was fortunate enough to be appointed to a small school on Chatsworth Island for her first teaching position. This was the beginning of a successful Teaching career for Stella where she spent many years working in the field of Special Education. Stella was proud to work with the students from the Clarence Valley Special School who proudly performed the opening item of the 1984 Jacaranda Schools display.


In 1991 Mr David Brown, Principal of Grafton Public School as well as members of his staff and parents of Stella’s pupils, nominated her to be a recipient of the “Teacher of Excellence “award. Stella was presented with this award by the N.S.W. Minister for Education, the Hon Virginia Chadwick, in Sydney’s Power House Museum on December 4th 1991.


On Australia Day, 1992 Stella received a Grafton City Council “Merit” award. Part of the citation stated “an award only made by council when special recognition, is required of an outstanding example of service by a member of the Grafton Community”


Six years ago Stella moved to Dorrigo. She returns home to Grafton each year to participate in Jacaranda festival celebrations, renew many long term friendships and to admire the inspiring beauty of the Jacarandas.

Stella Cooper - 1955 Grafton Jacaranda Festival Queen