Where To See Sydney's Jacaranda Trees In Full Bloom
Ah, nothing says warm weather in Sydney like the full bloom of purple jacaranda trees. For six or so weeks (usually from mid-October before a peak in mid-November) the streets become filled with beautiful purple flowers gently falling on the footpaths like purple rain... it's just stunning.
I wish that simply enjoying nature's gift was enough, but we know you want to show it off to your friends via a social media post.... go on admit it, you've snapped a jacaranda or two in your time! So, to make your Instagram feed really stand out with lilac tones mixed with lo-fi filters and purple heart emojis, here are the best spots to go in Sydney.... just be aware of oncoming traffic.
In The City
What better place to start looking than at the Royal Botanic Gardens, they have jacaranda trees dating back to the 1850s. And you get bonus points for snapping the Harbour Bridge in your shot! You can also see the trees in bloom as you walk through Circular Quay and The Rocks.
So popular are the jacarandas here that the Hunters Hills Trust organises walking tours through the suburb's best streets. Grab your selfie stick and head to McDougall Street in Kirribilli - one of the most beautiful streets in Sydney with canopies of jacaranda trees. If it's full of tourists doing the same then head to areas such as Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Longueville and Wollstonecraft which may be a little quieter.
Paddington, Woollahra and Double Bay all have purple trees lining the streets. Start on Oxford Street and make your way up to Five Ways in Paddington then meander down to Woollahra and Double Bay.
Image: ABC Online
Possibly less crowded (on weekends especially) and no chance of oncoming traffic is the University of Sydney which has jacaranda trees all over campus. Nearby suburbs of Glebe, Camperdown and Erskineville are also worth taking a look at.
An ellaslist explorer sent us this picture of Tote Park Playground in Zetland - isn't is beautiful? While you're there, make sure you visit the nearby Green Square Library. It is all kinds of amazing!
A family event celebrating the unique town of Camden, the community comes together once a year to celebrate the Camden Jacaranda Festival. Over three days there is music in the streets, the Jacaranda Experience with stalls, Santa, Fireworks, Christmas Tree Lighting and Jacarandas Lighting, food, beautiful cars and motorbikes and lots more. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Please note: Camden Jacaranda Festival 2020 is cancelled and will be back in 2021.
Image via Daily Telegraph
Outside Of Sydney
Grafton on the NSW north coast is at the top of the list with their annual Jacaranda Festival. In mid October and early November, the streets and parks of the town are transformed into something a purple dreamscape as Jacarandas explode in full bloom. Street after street are lined with Jacaranda Trees around the area so you can stroll, bike-ride or drive to immerse yourself in the Jacaranda City.
Please note: Grafton Jacaranda Festival 2020 is cancelled and will be back in 2021.
Image via Daily Mail
Please Be Careful
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of people risking their life as they try to frame the perfect shot, with people standing in the middle of the street to get their social media snaps. Flocking crowds are IN Jacaranda hotspots are causing mayhem on the roads and locals and councils are not happy. Watch your step people!
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