I LOVE purple but it isn’t a colour you normally see around. Well except in October and November! I can’t believe purple has been my favourite colour for 30+ years and I have only realised in the last few years that there’s so much naturally occurring purple in October! From wisteria and jacarandas to lavender, mulberries, passionfruit flowers and more. ?
But the stand out by far is the sea of purple across the tree line thanks to Jacaranda trees blooming. Read more about these gorgeous trees in this Sydney Living Museum article. And my little boys love spotting them when we are driving around or playing at a park.
Grafton in northern NSW is well known for its Jacaranda Festival – usually on the last weekend in October to first weekend in November. Sadly due to covid19, the festival has been cancelled in 2020 but you can still visit and admire the blooming trees.
Now if you are looking to admire the purple petals closer to home, then you will be happy to know that there are a fair few in Sydney. Within the City of Parramatta, you will find a good sprinkling of them throughout back and front yards as well as parks and other public places.
To help you find Jacaranda hot spots in the area, I’ve created a Google Map, with the help of the Parramatta District Mums Facebook group. I would LOVE for you to let me know of other great ones so I can add them to the map (please comment below).
Google Map of Jacaranda Trees
This interactive map shows you the streets where you can enjoy a number of Jacaranda trees. Plus the parks, playgrounds, shops and other venues where there may be one or a few large ones. And the best bit, you can use it on your phone while hunting Jacarandas! Just click the full screen button. SADLY someone deleted all the locations we had collected over the last two years so now we are in the process of rebuilding it.
Key Spots to Enjoy Jacaranda Trees in the Parramatta Region
The best spot in my books to enjoy these purple blooms is in Parramatta Park, near Little Coogee (where the new cafe will open early 2021).
Jacaranda Trees Around Sydney
While Parramatta has a lot of Jacaranda trees scattered around, there are other parts of Sydney with some beautiful streets full of them. Key spots include Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Gardens, North Shore (Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville and Wollstonecraft) as well as University of Sydney and Paddington. See this Timeout article for some of the best spots to admire Jacarandas in Sydney.
A BIG thank you to the wonderful lifestyle and wedding photographer and gorgeous local mum, Josephine Sicad-Minerva, for these beautiful photos taken late October 2017 at Parramatta Park.