Jacaranda Day

annual events, Sydney

Every year when the jacarandas start blooming in Sydney, I get all fluffy and gooey inside, like my internals have partially turned into cotton candy. I do feel like I’m on the precipice of melting into a puddle on the spot when it’s a particularly blue sky day and the purple flowers shine against the backdrop.  The jacaranda feeling is the same one that leads otherwise regular Joes and Janes to suddenly burst out into song in musical theatre.

The jacaranda blooms only last from around mid-October to late-ish November, so it is one’s duty as a human being so blessed with the capacity to turn into sugar candy just from a gift of nature to take into your eye line and spirit as much of the purple wonder as you can possibly manage during this short window. We had an afternoon free for a family outing today, so, as is my mission, I requested a jacaranda field trip.

In years past, we’ve done jacaranda spotting in Hunters Hill, which is wonderful, but I’d been given a tip that McDougall Street in Kirribilli is one of the best in the area for jacarandas, with the added bonus that we could reward our toddler with a playground shrouded in purple. We came around the corner and involuntary gasps of “wow” flung forth as we saw the block completely lined in purple blossoms like something out of a cartoon. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe weren’t the only ones who had the McDougall Street idea, as there were a number of other people wandering the street with cameras. We joined the throng and took our share of photos. Then we went into the beautiful Milson Park, which is bordered by the jacaranda street on one side, and a sailboat dotted part of Neutral Bay on another. On one end, there was a blooming rose garden and in the middle, a thriving community herb and vegetable garden next to the playground. I realized that I’d been in this park several years before when I’d been early for a meeting at the Ensemble Theatre next door, but somehow the beauty and charm of this park had escaped me. I must have been nervous for my meeting to miss it. And, clearly, it wasn’t jacaranda season. I would have remembered that.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


4 thoughts on “Jacaranda Day

  1. AJB

    During the jacaranda blooms, I drove a different way to and from work so I could go down that street–it was only a block detour, but it made me feel like I was in a Dr. Seuss world, and always made me smile!

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