Sydney Jacaranda Trail
Every October and November, pockets of Sydney bloom in a sea of purple as the famous jacaranda trees come into flower. Here’s where to get a hit of lilac across the city.
Sydney in Bloom
Sydney in Bloom
Take a tour of Sydney’s most spectacular jacarandas as they carpet the city in purple.
For luxury shopping with you lavender hues, head to Oxford Street, Glenmore Road and Five Ways in Paddington. Don’t miss The Intersection in Paddington, the tree-lined point where Glenmore Road meets Oxford Street. The chic enclave is the home to high-end Australian designer boutiques and sits opposite the sprawling jacarandas on Victoria Barracks Lawn. Start at Jackie’s Café with a sunlit brunch in the leafy courtyard – their greenhouse-style bar opens during spring for cocktails. Nearby Woollahra and Double Bay also boast a stunning purple haze, along with the courtyard at historic Vaucluse House.
Around the Harbour
Take a do-it-yourself jacaranda walking tour through the city starting at the Royal Botanic Garden, passing through Circular Quay and The Rocks. View the stunning trees set against the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and historic cobblestone streets.
Pack a picnic and head north of the bridge to Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville or Wollstonecraft for a long lunch under the trees. In the heart of Lavender Bay is heritage-listed Wendy Whiteley’s Garden, which has a spectacular view back to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Harbour foreshore dotted with jacarandas.
There’s also a little piece of magic by the name of McDougall Street. Come spring, tourists and locals alike flock to this fairytale avenue in Kirribilli, where the splendid arch of jacaranda trees creates a lavender-hued dome, perfect for spring selfies. Just remember to be road safety aware at all times and mindful of residents.
The urban landscape of the Inner West precinct also pops with purple foliage. For history buffs, the much-loved jacaranda at the University of Sydney stood for 88 years in the quadrangle before it died in 2016. The tree was so iconic – students and teachers had talked and studied under the branches for generations – the university cloned it before it collapsed. The planting of a native flame tree and the clone of the original jacaranda was celebrated in 2017. As the new tree grows, it’s likely to also become a living legend on the University grounds. The elegant terrace-lined streets of neighbouring suburbs of Camperdown, Newtown and Glebe are also worth a wander.
Southwest of Sydney in Camden, the main street of Argyle has an iconic line of jacaranda trees. The streetscape was brightened back in 2017, when eight mature jacarandas were planted in addition to the 39 remaining 90-year-old jacarandas along Argyle St. Camden has a three-day Jacaranda Festival to celebrate their iconic lilac gateway, with the lighting of the Jacaranda trees, performances from local schools and sampling of the delicious fresh produce of the Macarthur region.