Sydney is once again graced by mauve thanks to the yearly Jacaranda season. November is the peak month and these flowers are drawing crowds for photo ops and I must admit those spectacular blooms are insta-worthy. If you haven’t had the chance to take a selfie or a group photo don’t despair, the magical purple flowers are still here for more few weeks.
I totally adore these Jacaranda trees, aside from the intense range of colour for me there’s a spirituality associated with its flowers, so calming to look at bringing an inner peace. Surely this is our equivalent of the spring cherry blossom in Japan where hanami (viewing) is celebrated with much strolling and parties under the trees. Last week, my companion and I brought along a small snack pack and sat under a canopy of Jacaranda blooms in Hogben Park at Kogarah, one of my favourite parks to adore these trees.
Here are my top 5 go to places in Sydney for a mesmerising Jacaranda flowers appreciation visit in November. All are accessible by bus and train.
- Roslyn Gardens Elizabeth Bay 2011 – along this street you’ll find Jacaranda trees nicely lined up, some of trees are located at Waratah Street, you might be lucky to find a carpet of fallen flowers on the ground. While there, visit Ruschutters Bay Park and grab a coffee and enjoy the views of the water and bobbing yatchs. Public transport will get you there, Bus 311 from Eddy Avenue at Central or Buses 324/325 from Circular Quay. For train travel, alight at Kings Cross Station and take a leisurely walk via the El-Alamein Memorial Fountain on MacLeay Street and the market stalls, the markets are generally held on the weekends only.
- Cardigan St Stanmore 2048 – this sleepy street in Stanmore is a stunner during the Jacaranda season, trees lined up along this short street with views from both ends. They add charm and elegance to period homes. Buses: 412, 422, 480, 483 from the City will take you there.
- Erskineville Oval, Ashmore St, Erskineville 2043 – Lots of Jacaranda trees along this street. You can climb up a few steps to the historic oval to get a more panoramic view. By train, alight at Erskineville Station for an easy, flat walk of around 5 – minutes to the oval, for Bus take 308 or 355.
- Hogben Park, Kogarah 2217 – The Jacaranda trees are planted mainly within the park, giving plenty of safe space away from traffic, to wander and enjoy this well kept grassy park. You can easily spread a picnic rug and have something to nibble whilst adoring the blooms. There is also a basketball court and toilet facilities. The park is located between Rockdale and Kogarah Train Stations and is a short walk from either.
- McDougall Street, Kirribilli 2061 – Located over the bridge if you’re based in the City or Inner West of Sydney. Dubbed as Jacaranda tunnel, this street is simply breathtaking. The best option is to get there by train from the City and alight at Milson Point, taking a 5 or so minute walk to McDougall St.
Aside from my top 5 favourite places, of course there are still dozens more places where you can appreciate these trees, some of which we are still discovering! When visiting these places please do take care, beware of the the traffic flow, the fallen flowers can be slippery under foot and remember to respect the neighbourhood.
Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of Mexico, Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and the Bahamas. It has been planted widely in Asia especially in Nepal. Jacaranda mimosifolia is quite common in Southern California, Florida, Argentina, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Zambia and has been introduced to most tropical and subtropical regions to the extent that it has entered popular culture. The generic name is also used as the common name. (source wikipedia)