Jacarandas in Brisbane: the Best Spots for Purple Tree Lovers

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One of the many jacarandas in Brisbane

The Jacarandas season might be the best time to visit Brisbane. With touches of purple blooming everywhere, the city during Spring looks lovely. It doesn’t last for long: usually from early October to early November.

There is a window of two weeks when the trees are full of blossoms and paint the ground with purple flowers as well

– often from mid to end of October (depending on how cold winter was).

 

The purple blooms are sprinkled all around Brisbane. Surprisingly, they aren’t from the region at all: jacarandas are actually from South America. In the 60s, Brisbane Council had the brilliant idea to start planting them in parks and even gave them for free to residents.

Although there is no need to look for them, I still have a few favourite scenic spots to view Jacarandas in Brisbane:

 

1. Jacarandas at the University of Queensland (UQ)

The campus in Saint Lucia is my favourite place in Brisbane to go for a lovely stroll at the Jacarandas season. The pond in the park with Jacarandas around it makes the place very scenic.

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Brisbane - Jacarandas - University of Queensland
Brisbane - Jacarandas - University of Qld

2. Jacarandas at New Farm Park

New Farm Park comes as a close second. The Jacarandas border the parks and it’s very photogenic when the sun is shining. The best combo is to bike from New Farm to UQ campus in Saint Lucia, along the river.

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Brisbane - Jacarandas - New Farm Park portrait
Brisbane - Jacarandas - New Farm Park landscape

3. Jacarandas along the Brisbane River

A walk, a run or cycling along the river is lovely all year round. And I love it even more during the jacarandas season! From New Farm to Saint Lucia, through the Botanic Garden and Kangaroo Point, you’ll see pretty jacarandas popping up!

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4. Jacarandas from Wilson’s Lookout

Wilson’s Lookout is one of my favourite spots for watching the sunset in Brisbane.

Up there, a beautiful jacaranda aligns with the city views and the bridge.

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5. Jacarandas in Goodna

This one is a bit further away from the city (25-minute drive towards Ipswich). Evan Marginson Park has a lovely collection of purple trees. But my favourite views may be from the roads nearby. It’s almost like a purple tunnel with a purple carpet.

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6. Jacarandas in the City Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is always a safe choice for a nice walk in the City. I’m so glad we have a beautiful park like that in the heart of the CBD. There are nice jacarandas trees at the Alice Street entrance.

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Brisbane - Jacarandas - City Botanic Gardens

 

Do you like Jacarandas? Do you have a favourite spot to see them? Add your tip to the comments below!

 

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I am a part-time traveler: I combine a full-time job with a passion for traveling. I love to share my trips and tips to inspire others to explore what's around them. Before moving to Australia, I lived in France, England and Turkey. I've finally found my balance in Brisbane.

29 thoughts on “Jacarandas in Brisbane: the Best Spots for Purple Tree Lovers

  1. Purple is such a therapeutic color! I’ve never seen jacarandas trees, but they seem a little similar to the cherry blossoms. Thanks for this detailed guide! I would love to see this in person.

    1. Thank you, Susan! Yes, I am a bit obsessed. I leave earlier than necessary just to make sure I have time to take a few shots. And now I have too many pics in my phone! :D

    1. Aim at being here in Spring if you want to see them! They’re in Sydney too (in Kirribili I believe, and one not far from Circular Quay) if you’re around there.

  2. Oh my gosh, I’m not even kidding right now that I was wondering just the other day while driving around in Brisbane, where I could see more Jacarandas! It’s almost as though you wrote this just for me haha So far I’ve only seen the odd one here and there and love them SO MUCH. Thank you, I can’t wait to go and check out all these great Jacaranda gems in Brisbane!

    1. Hi, Michelle. I’m very happy my post can help! Don’t wait for too long though… We were driving around Brisbane today and noticed the green leaves are starting to come out! ;)

  3. The jacaranda blossoms are so beautiful! I always find it such a shame that they only stick around for such a short window of time – a bit like the cherry blossoms in Japan. Imagine planning a trip for ages to see them, only to find the seasons are out of kilter and you go the wrong week! I’d love to see both for myself one day :)

    1. Hi, Anna! I know exactly what you mean! My in-laws arrived a few days ago and really wanted to see the Jacarandas so we were hoping they’d last until then as winter was warm and the season started early! (and they did see them, phew!)
      I guess you really need to plan other exciting things to see in the region so you’re not too disappointed if you’re a bit too late… ;)

  4. I’ve never seen anything like that before. Those trees are beautiful! It would be so magical to walk on a path covered with purple leaves! I am adding Brisbane to my bucket list.

  5. Like everybody else, if somebody says the phrase “flower viewing”, I immediately think about cherry blossoms, particularly in Japan. I was lucky enough to be in Japan during cherry blossom season and it was spectacular. I’d never realized that there were other “flower viewing” events outside of cherry blossoms in Japan. This definitely deserves more attention!

  6. This is my first time hearing of Jacarandas but they look absolutely stunning. Seeing them reminds me of the cherry blossoms throughout Asia…just a purple version!

    1. Yes, they do remind of the cherry blossoms. I haven’t seen many cherry blossoms yet, but I’d love to. But I really love the colours of the Jacarandas. Depending on the light, they look somewhere between pink and blue purple ;)

  7. I haven’t been to Brisbane, but those pictures are truly engaging and encourage me to see Jacarandas in actual. I would love to have pictures with it and hopefully can share with you.

    1. I hope you’ll make it happen one day, Eliza. If so, please come back here and send me the photo! Pretoria in South Africa is also very famous for all its Jacarandas.

    1. Thank you, Sreekar. I’d love to see the cherry blossoms in Japan! Pretoria in South Africa is another city very famous for the Jacarandas trees. It’s funny as they’re not originally from Australia or Africa, but they actually come from South America!

    1. I’d love to see the cherry blossoms in Japan too! The purple ones are flowers. When it’s fully blossoming, there is no leaves, which looks super pretty. The flowers fall down on the ground and then the green leaves start appearing again.

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