November in Sydney is Jacaranda season, YASSS! This stunning tree in blossom is a fairytale we all want to be in. From Paddington to the North Shore, these trees line quiet suburbian streets giving a unique feel and look.
In this post, I will show you where to go and what to expect when searching for these magical trees.
For six or so weeks the streets become filled with beautiful purple flowers, the most famous (and therefore busiest) spot to photogram these trees are at McDougall Street in Kirribilli.
MCDOUGALL STREET, KIRRIBILLI
This street is lined with tens of large and fully blossoming trees. It is truly a stunning sight to see, that’s if you get to see anything with the hundreds of other tourist and Instagrammers there.
It is therefore pretty difficult to get a good picture or at least one without too many people in it.
If McDougall Street is too busy, then you can head to areas such as Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Longueville and Wollstonecraft which will be a lot quieter.
But these spots are also not as beautiful. Here you will only see sporadic trees, so nothing like a full lane of these stunners. If you don’t like crowds then I would definitely recommend that. But probably won’t get you a picture that will get hundreds of likes on Instagram.
SSSSTT… NEUTRAL BAY
Hold your coffee… I have a secret spot for you where you will be ALL ALONE, Have Jacaranda trees AND Sydney Harbour Bridge views.
Head to Bent Street in Neutral Bay for a street filled with Jacaranda trees and not another tourist in sight.
Keep walking down for more amazing trees and city views.
On the corner of Bent and Yeo street is the most stunning Jacaranda ever.
IN THE CITY
Probably your best bet is going to the Botanic Gardens. Here they have Jacaranda trees dating back to the 1850s which are absolutely stunning.
You can also see some trees sporadically throughout Circular Quay and The Rocks. But these are also not as impressive as the tunnel of purple in Kirribilli.
Underneath are some options for when the North Shore is too far for you:
- Eastern Suburbs – Jacaranda trees can be found in Paddington, Woollahra, and Double Bay. Start on Oxford Street and make your way up to Five Ways in Paddington then wander down to Woollahra and Double Bay.
- Inner West – A option that will definitely be less crowed is going to the University of Sydney. They have Jacaranda trees all over their campus. In the area, you can also find the suburbs of Glebe and Camperdown, which are worth a look when you are in the area.
- Western Sydney – In Camden they have a 3 day Jacaranda Festival (23, 24, 25 November 2018)
HOP IN A CAR
According to Destination NSW, Grafton on the north coast is at the top of the list, with their annual Jacaranda Festival. This place is absolutely stunning and if you can make it, worth the trip. (It is about a 6-hour car drive, so make it a fun weekend and spend some time up the coast)
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