Nothing says warm weather in Sydney like a street full of jacaranda trees in bloom. As if Sydney wasn’t already the prettiest city in Australia, once the warmer months hit we find ourselves living in nothing short of a magical, lavender-coloured wonderland.
The season runs from mid-October, and peaks in mid-November as summer really starts to roll in.
So get planning, these are the best places to find Jacaranda trees in Sydney
Lavender Bay (the name says it all) on the north side has turned a rich shade of purple thanks to their epic Jacaranda trees. The colours have tourists coming from miles and have been known to turn locals into tourists, as they pose for the perfect shot.
Who said the CBD was nothing but a concrete jungle? When the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, Macquarie Street turns in to a purple oasis. We recommend that you actually take your lunch break in spring and remember to look up.
Hunters Hill is a beautifully leafy suburb at the best of times, but when the jacaranda have reach peak bloom, it’s even prettier. Our hot tip is to start at the Hunters Hill Club and wander your way down. If you want to dive even deeper, book a spot on one of their Jacaranda walks. Details, here.
The Eastern Suburbs is a regular go-to for any self-confessed Jacaranda fanatic. This is where you come to spend an afternoon meandering down Oxford Street, with a coffee in one hand and a camera in the other. You’ll want to head off the main drag for a little bit of extra exploring because there are jacaranda trees scattered throughout the entire suburb and that's where the real magic happens.
Lower North Shore
Woolwich is another Sydney gem if you want to see jacaranda in full bloom (of course you do). No really, it's one of the best Jacaranda walks in Sydney. Start at The Old School House before heading for an hour and a half walk around Woolwich, complete with harbour views. Make sure you walk through the sweet spots—Kelly’s Bush and finish up at the old Woolwich Dock.
Royal Botanic Gardens
It’s probably about time you got around to finally planning that picnic before the ridiculous summer heat sets in. Stroll through Sydney's iconic harbourside gardens, then settle on in under the best purple-hued blooms you can find. The best part about the Royal Botanic Gardens is that due to their size (they’re massive) you won’t have any problems snagging the best spot all for yourself.
Spend your Saturday soaking up the sun at Glebe market and all of the boughs of pale purple on offer. Just like our friends in Paddington, the inner west boasts long, winding streets of purple fun and, with some of the best food in Sydney, hidden amongst lots of jacaranda trees, you can consider your afternoon sorted.
And if you're after more flowers, why not try these flower-filled walks in and around Sydney.
Image credit: Leonard Ortiz