From late October to November jacaranda season is in full swing in Sydney, and other states across the country. According to Sydney Living Museums, there are many stories behind the purple haze that fills the city’s streets late in the year. One story credits a hospital matron who sent each newborn home with a jacaranda seedling. A less romantic explanation lies in the fact the trees were a popular civic planting in the beautification programs of the early 20th century and interwar years, right up to the 1950s and 1960s.
Although indigenous to brazil, the jacaranda has certainly found a home here in Australia, and the effects of the tree in full bloom is truly a sight to see. Here’s where you can see the best of the blooms in Australia this spring, and grab a sneaky snapshot for Instagram while you’re at it.
Where to see Sydney’s jacaranda trees
Circular Quay and surrounds
Follow the harbourside walk from Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens towards the heritage-listed sandstone buildings in the Rocks to see all manner of beautiful blooms.
Just outside Victoria barracks is Oxford Street where you’ll find some of the most famous jacaranda sights in the suburban backstreets of Paddington. Particularly around Five Ways.
Go for a trip towards Lavender Bay on Sydney’s lower north shore to see a purple haze hovering above the streets of Wollstonecraft, Waverton and in Kirribilli’s jacaranda ‘tunnel’. While you’re on the north shore, venture west towards Hunters Hill where trees line the streets in a riot of colour.
Around an hour’s drive from Sydney is a little suburb called Camden where 39 jacaranda trees were planted in the town centre at some point during the 1920s. Thanks to that, every November the township is blessed with a bounty of purple blossoms.
Although a hefty six hour drive from Sydney, every year the city of Grafton hosts the Jacaranda Festival, and this year the festival takes place on October 27 to the 4th of November.
Further north, in Brisbane, you will find jacaranda trees bloom throughout October, and many of the city’s streets are framed by a sea of purple.
The University of Queensland has a spectacular display of purple blooms. New Farm Park, Woolloongabba and the Botanic Gardens are other places you can find fabulous jacaranda trees in Brisbane.
The jacarandas start to flower in November and peak in December in Perth. Try the suburbs north of the river such as Inglewood and Subiaco, or south of the river, where Applecross has spectacular jacaranda-lined avenues.
The jacaranda season starts in November in Adelaide and you can find the best sights in the suburbs south of the Botanic Gardens such as Millswood, Goodwood and Unley
Although you won’t see any jacaranda trees bloom until December in Melbourne, once they do, the Botanic Gardens and University of Melbourne are awash with them.
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