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Jacaranda Season in Brisbane

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published July 19th 2014
A carpet of purple
While Jacarandas are not native to Australia, this South American flowering tree has become immensely popular. Every year whole parks and streets around Brisbane turn purple as these trees shed their leaves to flower and the the ground beneath becomes a carpet of flowers. Brisbane has a number of great places for Jacarandas.

Walking on a carpet of flowers
Walking on a carpet of flowers


Jacaranda season

Nature tends not to follow a strict timetable and an exceptionally warm spring can lead to early blooms (some years up to four weeks earlier than expected) and different varieties of the tree will bloom at different times.

In Brisbane expect to see some early blooming Jacarandas at the end of September with the height of the season normally being the last two weeks of October, with the last blooms fading in early November.

University of Queensland, St Lucia

My absolutely favourite place to to view Jacarandas is the University of Queensland Lakes in St Lucia. This lovely park is worth visiting at any time of year, but becomes a magical place during Jacaranda season.

Jacarandas at UQ lakes
Jacarandas at UQ lakes


New Farm Park

You don't really need any excuse to visit New Farm Park, but it has one of the longest Jacaranda lined streets that I know of in Brisbane.

Jacarandas at New Farm Park (Attribution: Flickr - bert knottenbeld)
Jacarandas at New Farm Park (Attribution: Flickr - bert knottenbeld)


Cruising Brisbane River

While there are many different places around Brisbane where you can spot Jacarandas, the best way to do so is to simply jump on the CityCat and take a cruise down the river. You will see Jacarandas lining the river, in parks and in private residences.

Jacaranda tree seen from Brisbane River
Jacaranda tree seen from Brisbane River


Jacaranda Park

This small unassuming park in Yeronga comes alive every year during Jacaranda season.

Jacarandas in Jacaranda Park
Jacarandas in Jacaranda Park


Jacaranda Festival in Goodna

Every year in October the suburb of Goodna, in Ipswich hosts the Jacaranda Festival. This free festival includes food, crafts, rides, entertainment, a parade, fun run and of course lots of Jacarandas.

Goodna Jacaranda Festival (Attribution: Flickr - Tatters)
Goodna Jacaranda Festival (Attribution: Flickr - Tatters)


Ipswich

Ipswich has lined their avenues and commercial developments with Jacaranda trees.

Do you have a favourite location for Jacarandas in Brisbane?

There are lots of lovely Jacarandas around Brisbane. Do you have a favourite location?. If so, tell the readers in the comments.

This is my favourite Jacaranda tree in Brisbane
This is my favourite Jacaranda tree in Brisbane
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