I have mixed emotions about jacarandas trees. When they start to bloom in October, although they look spectacular, I am always reminded of exam time (which is my worst nightmare!). Although not native to Australia, the jacaranda is ubiquitous in Brisbane suburbs. There are three things I recommend that you do while they are in bloom. Firstly, take a trip up to the lookout at Mt Coot-tha and view them at their best. Avenues of the colour purple make for a magnificent sight and is a great opportunity for beautiful photos. Next, make a pretty "jacaranda angel" (which I invented with my friend Donna). It is like a snow angel but in the carpet of dropped purple petals under the tree. Again - a great photo op. And last but by no means least, get yourself to the Goodna Jacaranda Festival for a jolly jacaranda good time in Goodna.
The Majestic Jacaranda (May Cross)
The FREE Goodna Jacaranda Festival is a hugely popular community event that celebrates the diverse lifestyle in the Goodna region. It truly has something for everyone and with free entry, you can't afford to miss it. It's a fun, family-friendly free festival.
Lots of Food Stalls (image from organiser's website)
Highlights of the festival include live performers, heaps of market stallholders, food trucks and vendors (pizza, sliders, or hotdogs anyone?), sideshow alley rides, lawn bowls and community groups such as circus, choirs and bands. There will be a talent quest and competitions for schools with cash prizes. The little ones from ages 2 to 12 are also catered for with The Kids' Corner. There's a petting farm that has adorable baby animals, and pony rides. If you are a petrol head (or even if you're not) don't miss the special Car Show. The grand finale, as usual, is the spectacular fireworks display at 8.00 pm on Saturday evening.
Petting Zoo for the Littlies (May Cross)
The organisers advise you to take the train or a bus if possible, to avoid congestion. It is close to the train station (on the Ipswich line) and bus stop - just a short pleasant stroll. But if you need to drive, there are four car parks available. For full details and a downloadable program, see the festival website.
Hi May, I love the one which flowers in my garden, in spite of the hours I spend sweeping up the leaves and flowers from our garden. I am also not scarred by exam time, having not lived here in my teenage years. We are heading to the festival this weekend. Thanks M