November in Sydney means one thing, Jacaranda season!
Little pockets of the city explodes into a purple oasis by the trees’ signature blossom. Go on a magical jacaranda adventure around Sydney and you’ll find them in dream-like domes blossoming in the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, Kirribilli, and even Neutral Bay!
In this post, I will show you where to go and what to expect when searching for these beautiful trees.
For six or so weeks the streets of Sydney become filled with beautiful purple flowers, the most famous (and therefore busiest) spot to photograph these trees are at McDougall Street in Kirribilli.
MCDOUGALL STREET | KIRRIBILLI
McDougal 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 tourists and Instagrammers there so fair warning to you :P.
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Spring is ending and the stunning Jacaranda trees are still in bloom. Last chance to be taking pictures, because the flowers are starting to drop quickly ✨💜 ⠀ ⠀ If you are chasing pretty purple lined streets then check out my post on my blog. It gives you some options of where to see these gorgeous trees in Sydney. ⠀ ⠀ (I have also found an amazing secret spot not far from the CBD with some amazing trees – and there are no other instagrammers or tourists in sight) ⠀ ⠀⠀ Link to the blog post with more photos to be found in the bio.⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #ilovesydney #sydneylocal #sydneycity #jacarandaseason #seeaustralia #jacaranda #jacarandas #jacarandainyourpocket #jacarandatree #nswtourism #reisinspiratie #natgeotravelpic #sydneyaustralia #ourlonelyplanet #bucketlisttravel #aussiebucketlist #reisblogger #reisblog #reisfotografie #videoedits #visitaustralia #visitsydney #prettycitysydney #reisinspiratie #springtime #beautifuldestinations
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. However, if you don’t like crowds, then I would definitely recommend going to these locations instead. But it probably won’t get you a picture that will get hundreds of likes on Instagram, if that’s what you’re searching for anyway.
A spot that hasn’t been discovered by Instagrammers and tourists alike is in Neutral bay!
Hold your coffee… I have a secret spot for you where you will be ALL ALONE and has Jacaranda trees AND Sydney Harbour Bridge views, say what now!
Head to Bent Street in Neutral Bay for a street filled with Jacaranda trees and not another tourist in sight.
Keep walking down towards the harbor for more amazing blooming trees and incredible 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 they 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 – An option that will definitely be less crowded 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)
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According to Destination NSW, Grafton on the north coast is at the top of the list, with its annual Jacaranda Festival. This place is absolutely stunning and if you can make it, well 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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