Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) will turn into a shade of blue in late-October and November with the start of the 2016 Jacaranda Season, signalling one of the most beautiful times of the year and a great time to visit these destinations. The city’s Eastern suburbs, North Shore and CBD will be awash with blooms as will the historic town of Grafton on the NSW North Coast. Grafton is often referred to as the jacaranda capital of Australia; it hosts the annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival, and is home to Australia’s largest jacaranda tree, measuring 30 metres, with a six-metre circumference and crown of around 36 metres.
Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Destination NSW, said, “NSW is home to thousands of jacaranda trees which create a natural spectacle each year when they are in full bloom. Grafton alone has 2,000 trees and the annual festival is the longest running flower festival in Australia attracting 20,000 visitors each year.”
Senior arborist for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Centennial Parklands, Ted Hoare commented, “It’s a truly beautiful sight to view the vibrant blue flowers set against a harbour backdrop. We have 16 trees in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, including a unique white flowering jacaranda, and nine trees in Centennial Parklands. Jacaranda trees are becoming synonymous with Sydney and as this year is the garden’s 200th birthday, I highly recommend coming down for a visit and seeing our trees in bloom.”
Here is a list of Destination NSW’s picks for jacaranda spotting in NSW:
Pack a picnic and head to Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville and Wollstonecraft for a long, lazy lunch under the trees.
Head to Oxford Street, Glenmore Road and Five Ways in Paddington which have a great selection to view. Nearby Woollahra and Double Bay also boast lilac hues.
Take a do-it-yourself jacaranda walking tour through the city starting at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, passing through Circular Quay and The Rocks. View the trees set against the back of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and historic cobblestone streets of The Rocks.
The giant jacaranda tree at the University of Sydney which is considerd so iconic that growers at the university have cloned it to ensure it lives on. This tree is one of Sydney’s most famous jacarandas and well worth a visit during the season. Neighbouring suburbs of Glebe, Camperdown and Erskineville are also worth exploring.
The historic town of Grafton located alongside the Clarence River on NSW’s North Coast, is home to the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, taking place from October 19 to November 6, 2016. Highlights include the coronation of a jacaranda queen, a street parade with themed floats, markets, live performances and fireworks.