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