Guide To Enjoy The Beauty Of Jacaranda Season

Guide To Enjoy The Beauty Of Australia's Jacaranda Season
Michael Townsend

Travel Writer

Oct 22, 2017

Get ready for Jacaranda season and an explosion of colour as our cities and and country side in Australia come to life.

From late October through to the end of November, we can all enjoy the Spring joys of the delightful shade of blue as our Jacaranda trees start to bloom.

Celebrating the start of 2017 Jacaranda season, without doubt one of the most beautiful times of year, here is a guide to where best to enjoy Jacaranda season in Sydney and NSW.

Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, North Shore  and CBD will be awash with blooms as will the historic town of Grafton on the NSW North Coast. Grafton is often referred to as the Jacaranda capital of Australia and is famous for hosting the annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival.

The beautiful country town has Australia’s largest Jacaranda tree, measuring 30 metres high with a six metre circumference and crown of around 36 metres.

“NSW is home to thousands of jacaranda trees which create a natural spectacle each year when they are in full bloom,” says Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase. “Grafton alone has 2,000 trees and the annual Festival is the longest running flower festival in Australia attracting 20,000 visitors each year.”

Senior Arborist for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Centennial Parklands, Ted Hoare says Sydney’s Harbour backdrop makes the Jacaranda season so spectacular.

“It’s a truly beautiful sight to view the vibrant blue flowers are set against a Harbour backdrop,” he adds. “We have 16 trees in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, including a unique white flowering jacaranda, and nine trees in Centennial Parklands.

“Jacaranda trees are becoming synonymous with Sydney and as this year is the Garden’s 200th  birthday, I highly recommend coming down for a visit and seeing our trees in bloom.”

Jacaranda trees line the street of Sydney's Royal Botanical Garden
Jacaranda trees – Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden

Guide To The Best Jacaranda Spotting

1. North Shore: Pack a picnic and head to Mosman, Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville and Wollstonecraft for a long, lazy lunch under the trees

2. Eastern Suburbs: Head to Oxford Street, Glenmore Road and Five Ways in Paddington which always have a great selection to view. Nearby Woollahra and Double Bay also boast stunning lilac hues

3. Sydney City: Take a do-it-yourself jacaranda walking tour through the city starting at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, passing through Circular Quay and The Rocks. View the stunning trees set against the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and historic cobblestone streets of The Rocks

4. Inner SydneyAn absolute must is a visit to the giant jacaranda tree at the University of Sydney which is so iconic that growers at the University have cloned it to ensure it lives on.  This tree is one of Sydney’s most famous jacarandas and well worth a visit during the season.  Neighbouring suburbs of Glebe, Camperdown and Erskineville are also worth exploring

5. Grafton: The historic town of Grafton located alongside the Clarence River on NSW’s North Coast, is home to the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, taking place from 29 October to 6 November 2017. Highlights include the coronation of a jacaranda queen, a street parade with themed floats, markets, live performances and fireworks.

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By Michael Townsend

Travel Writer

Michael Townsend is a travel writer for The Carousel. Born in England, moved to New-Zealand and now living in Australia, he loves seeing all the world has to offer. He has travelled to Tahiti, Andorra, France and Indonesia, to name a few, and is currently living in the Bahamas. In particular, he is interested in a movement called Effective Altruism. When he is not travelling to far flung places, he is studying law at Sydney University and working for


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