GET YOUR JACARANDA FIX ALL ACROSS NEW SOUTH WALES
It’s October, which means Australia’s beloved Jacaranda trees are in full bloom for spring and summer all around New South Wales. Enjoy these natural beauties with self-guided tours along tree-lined lanes and picnics under purple blossoms.
Sydney is already shrouded in purple flowers, so take the family out for a stroll or spend a romantic day with your significant other under a lilac canopy. We’ve collected some of the best spots to view these magnificent trees for a relaxing and stunning day out in New South Wales.
Take a stroll around Paddington where not only do designer boutiques line the streets, but Jacarandas are aplenty. Stroll the sun-filled laneways under a stunning blanket of lavender hues.
This chic shopping district sits opposite Victoria Barracks Lawn where sprawling jacarandas make for stunning views, but for the ultimate stroll, make sure to visit Oxford Street, Glenmore Road and Five Ways, and don’t miss The Intersection, the jacaranda-lined corner of Glenmore Road and Oxford Street. Stop at Jackie’s Café along the way for spring brunch and cocktails in the leafy courtyard.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, head to nearby Woollahra and Double Bay which boast beautiful purple branches, some you can even spot alongside the stunning and historic Vaucluse House.
There is no shortage of Jacarandas in the North Shore, so pack a picnic and enjoy wine and cheese under the trees at Kirribilli, Greenwich, Waverton, Woolwich, Longueville or Wollstonecraft. Don’t miss McDougall Street in Kirribilli where the arch of purple flowers create a lavender dome over head.
Enjoy views of the purple-speckled Harbour foreshore from Wendy Whiteley’s Garden in Lavender Bay, or head to Hunter’s Hill and stroll from Hunters Hill Club all the way down the leafy suburb.
Create your own walking tour through the city and enjoy strolling under jacarandas and alongside skyscrapers and Victorian terraces, all at your own pace. Begin at the Royal Botanic Gardens before passing through Circular Quay and The Rocks. View the stunning tree-lined harbour from above at The Glenmore Hotel rooftop bar where you can enjoy hand crafted cocktails and views of Sydney’s violet wonderland against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The University of Sydney once held a much loved Jacaranda that stood on the campus for 88 years until 2016, and the area is still jacaranda-obsessed. The University has since planted a clone of the beloved tree in its place, and is still worth a visit if only for the exciting energy it exudes. But until it grows into a most magnificent sight, take a trip to the suburbs of Camperdown, Newtown and Glebe. Spend your Saturday immersed in local colour at Glebe market with surrounding jacarandas in full bloom.
Historic Grafton on NSW’s North Coast is known as the Jacaranda Capital, home to over 2,000 Jacaranda trees and a stunning annual Jacaranda Festival to celebrate the suburb’s beloved foliage. The festival, which is the longest running flower festival in Australia, includes the coronation of a Jacaranda Queen, a street parade with floats, markets, live performances and fireworks.
Whether or not you make it for the celebration, it’s crucial to experience Grafton’s purple foliage by bicycle. Riding along the tree-lined streets is the perfect way to spend the day under a canopy of lilac branches, or view them from above! Float over Grafton in a hot air balloon for a one-of-a-kind view of the purple splendour.
Just southwest of Sydney in Camden sits the jacaranda-lined main street, Argyle, the pride and joy of the city centre. Eight mature jacarandas were planted in 2017 to add to the already stunning 39 90-year-old jacarandas along the street.
The town holds an annual three-day festival to celebrate the visitor’s paradise by lighting the jacarandas and celebrating with live performances and delicious fresh produce from the Macarthur region. It’s the ultimate hometown getaway to see the best of NSW’s purple foliage.