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Sydney Is About to Be Shrouded in Purple Flowers as Jacaranda Season Returns for 2020

It's that time again — here's where to get a glimpse of the city's vibrant jacaranda trees in full bloom.
By Jasmine Crittenden
October 15, 2020
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Sydney Is About to Be Shrouded in Purple Flowers as Jacaranda Season Returns for 2020

It's that time again — here's where to get a glimpse of the city's vibrant jacaranda trees in full bloom.
By Jasmine Crittenden
October 15, 2020
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According to one urban myth, Sydney's jacarandas are the work of an unknown hospital matron who sent every new mother home with a seedling. Another states that soldiers brought the trees home as gifts on their return from World War II. The problem is that there's no evidence for either. So no one really knows how Sydney came to have so many.

What we do know, though, is that, come late October, the city begins to transform into a vision of purple, as hundreds of jacarandas bloom. But they don't hang around for long — the flowers typically peak in mid-November and usually disappear by early December. So, if you're keen to see them, it's time to start planning a day out.

Here are a few spots — both in and near Sydney — where you can get your jacaranda fix this spring.

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Circula Quay, Destination NSW

CIRCULAR QUAY AND THE ROCKS

The Rocks' heritage-listed sandstone provides a particularly striking backdrop. Turn your adventure into a lovely walk by starting at the Royal Botanic Gardens and following the Harbour shore line to The Rocks.

PADDINGTON

Paddington's most famous jacarandas line Oxford Street, just outside Victoria Barracks. But you'll find plenty more among the suburb's back streets and parks — especially around Five Ways.

LAVENDER BAY

To see a purple sea against the brilliant blue of the Harbour, head to Lavender Bay on the lower north shore. Other spots to check out nearby include Wollstonecraft, Waverton and Kirribilli's famous (and always packed with photo-takers) jacaranda 'tunnel' on McDougall Street.

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HUNTERS HILL

While you're on the north shore, head a little west to take a stroll through Hunters Hill. For a local's perspective, jump on board a walking tour with the Hunters Hill Trust.

CAMDEN

Found an hour's drive southwest of the Sydney CBD, Camden's town centre transforms into a blaze of purple, thanks to 39 trees planted way back in the 1920s. The town hosts its own Jacaranda Festival, too — but, in a move taken by plenty of usually annual events, it won't be held again until November 2021.

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Images: Destination NSW. 

Published on October 15, 2020 by Jasmine Crittenden

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