The jacaranda season might be the best time to visit Brisbane. With touches of purple blooming everywhere, the city during Spring looks lovely. It doesn’t last for long. Jacaranda trees in Brisbane usually bloom from early October to early November. But keep your eyes open as the jacaranda season can shift a bit.
There is a window of about two weeks in Brisbane when the jacaranda trees are full of blossoms and paint the ground with purple flowers as well.
The jacaranda season in Brisbane is often from mid to end of October (depending on how cold winter was). In 2018 and 2020, after a warm winter, jacaranda trees started blooming in mid-September. In 2021, I took my first photo of a blooming jacaranda tree on September 18th, and they were still stunning in full bloom with flowers on the ground about one month later.
The purple blooms are sprinkled all around Brisbane. Surprisingly, jacaranda trees aren’t from Australia at all: they come from South America. In the 60s, Brisbane Council started planting them in parks and even gave some for free to residents. They now bring stunning colours all around town during Spring.
Did you miss the jacaranda season in Brisbane?
Don’t be too sad not to be able to see the best jacaranda trees from my list below. The beautiful flamboyant tree season comes just after and it also gives colours to Brisbane. I think they’re as beautiful as the jacaranda trees.
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Where to find Jacaranda trees in Brisbane
There is no need to look for jacaranda trees when you’re exploring Brisbane. You will see them a bit everywhere. However, I still have a few
1. Jacaranda trees at the University of Queensland (UQ)
The campus in Saint Lucia is my favourite place in Brisbane to go for a lovely stroll during the Brisbane jacaranda tree season. The pond in the park with jacaranda trees around it makes the place very scenic. The Jacaranda trees in front of the principal building of the University of Queensland are beautiful too. You may want to grab a bike or walk around the campus. Have a look at this map to create the best Jacaranda tree itinerary around UQ Campus!
The University of Queensland even organises a small festival for the Jacaranda season in Brisbane called Bloom. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy the Jacaranda trees by night as there are light installations throughout the gardens and trees on Jacaranda Lane.
2. Jacaranda trees at New Farm Park
New Farm Park comes as a close second in my list of the best places to see jacaranda trees in Brisbane. The jacaranda trees border the parks, and it’s very photogenic when the sun is shining. The best combo is to bike from New Farm to UQ campus in Saint Lucia, along the river.
3. Jacaranda trees along the Brisbane River
A walk, a run or cycling along the river is lovely all year round. And I love it even more during Brisbane jacaranda tree season! From New Farm to Saint Lucia, through the Botanic Garden and Kangaroo Point, you’ll see pretty jacaranda trees popping up!
There’s a particularly nice series of jacaranda trees near the Brisbane River in Kangaroo Point, next to Rotherham St. There are a few cafes nearby so it’s a great spot to have brunch or lunch with a detour for your purple fix.
4. Jacaranda tree at Wilson’s Lookout
Wilson’s Lookout is one of my favourite spots for watching the sunset in Brisbane. And it gets even better during the jacaranda tree season. Up there, a beautiful jacaranda tree aligns with the city views and the iconic Story Bridge.
When you’re done admiring the view, you can take the lift down to Howard Smith Wharves to enjoy one of my favourite places to go out in Brisbane. If you’re looking for more jacaranda trees and keen on doing a short walk, at the end of Howard Smith Wharves near the city, when you’re about to go to the river walk, you’ll find another beautiful purple tree with the Story Bridge in the background. On the other end, on the boardwalk going to New Farm, you’ll find another beautiful one.
5. Jacaranda trees in Goodna
This one is a bit further away from the city (a 25-minute drive towards Ipswich). Evan Marginson Park has a lovely collection of purple trees. But my favourite views may be from the roads nearby. It’s almost like a purple tunnel with a purple carpet. It’s one of the best spots to take photos of jacaranda trees in Brisbane.
6. Jacaranda trees in Brisbane City Botanic Garden
Brisbane City Botanic Garden is always a safe choice for a nice walk in the City. I’m so glad we have a beautiful
There are nice jacaranda trees at the Alice Street entrance.
7. Jacaranda trees at Guyatt Park
I like how the jacaranda trees in this Brisbane park are aligned there. It creates a beautiful alley of jacaranda trees. And the green grass is perfect for the contrasts.
Guyatt Park is very close to the UQ Campus, and I much prefer exploring the purple craziness on the UQ campus. However, it can be a great alternative if you’re trying to get photos without anyone when the UQ campus is busy!
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Map of the best places to see jacaranda trees in Brisbane
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