13 October, 2018

Jacaranda Season


October and November in Brisbane are the months when the jacaranda trees are in bloom. Jacaranda trees have bright purple flowers and you can see them in many Brisbane suburbs. Two of the best places to marvel at the beauty jacaranda trees are in New Farm Park and at the lakes at the University of Queensland (St Lucia campus).

You'll need to take a look at them before the 'storm season' (from mid-late November) sets in and knocks all the pretty flowers off the trees with wind and hail.

University students know it's exam time when the jacarandas are in bloom because the end of the academic year is in November. Local folk-law says that if a jacaranda flower falls off the tree and lands on your head, you will fail your exams! However, if you can catch another falling jacaranda blossom in your hand before it hits the ground, then you can reverse this bad luck.

There is a well-known Brisbane painting called 'Under the Jacaranda' by R. Godfrey Rivers which can be seen at the Queensland Art Gallery.

You can see more jacarandas in these 'Jacaranda Hotspots' of Brisbane and along Coronation Drive and outside the Regatta (pub).

Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacaranda