Where to see Sydney❜s Jacaranda Trees in Full Bloom

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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 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.

When is Jacaranda Season in Sydney

The best time of year to spot beautiful Jacarandas in Sydney is usually from late October right through to November

Where to see Jacarandas in Sydney

In the City

Jacarandas trees in Sydney
Jacaranda trees in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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!

Beautiful Circular Quay in bloom. Image via: Destination NSW.

You can also see the trees in bloom as you walk through Circular Quay and The Rocks

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North Shore

McDougall Street in Kirribilli. Image via Destination NSW.

So popular are the jacarandas in Sydney 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.

The parks around McMahons Point, especially Blues Point Road, are known to put on a purple display come spring/summer.

Station Street, Naremburn (near Naremburn Park) is another spot to add to your list.

Eastern Suburbs

Oxford Street in Paddington. Image via: Destination NSW.

Paddington, Woollahra, and Double Bay all have purple trees lining the streets during October and November.

Start on Oxford Street and make your way up to Five Ways in Paddington then meander down to Woollahra and Double Bay. 

Inner West

University of Sydney
There are jacaranda trees dotted around the University of Sydney.

Possibly less crowded (on weekends especially) and with no chance of oncoming traffic is the University of Sydney, which has jacaranda trees all over campus. 

The nearby suburbs of Glebe, Camperdown, and Erskineville are also worth taking a look at. 

Greater West

Parramatta Park
Parramatta Park is awash with Jacarandas during spring!


During Jacaranda season, Parramatta Park is the perfect place to admire the pretty petals that line the pathways and turn the green spaces purple. The gorgeous trees take over the park during spring creating a shady pastel-hued canopy for locals to admire. Take a walk or a bike ride and soak up the serenity!

Inner East

Tote playground in Zetland
Tote Playground in Zetland.

An ellaslist explorer sent us this picture of Tote Park Playground in Zetland - isn't it beautiful? While you're there, make sure you visit the nearby Green Square Library. It is all kinds of amazing! 

Jacarandas on Elizabeth Street

Jacaranda Festivals in Sydney & Beyond

Jacaranda Festival
The streets of Grafton. Image via the Daily Telegraph.

Camden Jacaranda Festival

A family event celebrating the unique town of Camden, the community comes together in November 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 Jacaranda lighting, food, beautiful cars and motorbikes and lots more.

The dates for the next Camden Jacaranda Festival are yet to be announced - stay tuned!

Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Grafton on the NSW north coast is at the top of the list with their annual Grafton 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 is lined with Jacaranda Trees around the area so you can stroll, bike ride or drive to immerse yourself in Jacaranda City.

Please be Careful...

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people risking their lives as they try to frame the perfect shot, with people standing in the middle of the street to get their social media snaps. Watch your step people!

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