Being native to South America, these flowering trees grow in many regions of Australia. Sydney’s beautiful jacaranda trees mesmerize tourists and locals from mid-October through November. At the end of spring, the blossoms fall from the trees, making a colorful carpet on the ground.
You can find jacarandas at Vaucluse House and while strolling through Cremorne, Glebe Market, Camperdown or Mosman. Retail therapy on Oxford Street, Paddington, can easily be combined with jacaranda spotting. The Royal Botanic Gardens has plenty of trees. You can check out the Circular Quay port. Also, Lavender Bay on the North side owes its name to beautiful jacaranda trees.
Jacarandas have been planted in Sydney since the 1850s, mostly around the harbor suburbs. Jacarandas are beloved in the city! When an 88-year old tree that had been growing in the main square of Sydney’s University collapsed, everybody was mourning the loss. The dead tree was then replaced with its genetically identical clone. Many students even live by the folklore that those who don't start studying by the time the first blooms appear on the tree will fail their exams. The bloom peaks in early and mid-November.