Grafton’s Jacaranda Season. It’s time to tick it off your bucket list.
It’s 2021 and it’s time to visit Grafton’s Jacaranda Season. It’s been on your bucket list for ages and this is the year to put that little tick (or big tick if that’s more your style) beside it.
We always like to think of Jacaranda Season as an opportunity to connect with a sense of wonder – seeing the trees do their purple freeze-frame fireworks display; a tree-lined avenue looking like something out of an impressionist painting; or just glancing up and seeing the sky through a curtain of purple blooms – there’s nothing like these moments to plug us into a sense of gratitude for the here and now.
After early consultation with the trees, it’s looking like the official season will be from 21 October through to 11 November. However, nature has been really off on its own path lately, so if we get an update we’ll let you know.
Stop press! Breaking News!
It’s official, the enchanting blossoming Jacaranda tree performance, usually only visible by day, will now be an evening spectacular!
The trees and blossoms are gorgeous to ponder and be with during the day, and this year, for the first time, all the Jaca trees that live in See Park Grafton, will be illuminated in all their blossoming glory. It’s going to be stunning … perhaps even uplifting … definitely worth being a part of.
Visit See Park in the evenings (after dusk) between 21 to 24 October and for the whole Jacaranda Festival 29 Oct – 8 November. Bring a picnic blanket and plan to stay around, to soak up the wonderous atmosphere.
The Jacaranda Festival Inc are organizing the ‘Illuminate’ event, Saturday 23 October. Visit jacarandafestival.com for all the details.
It’ll be bewdifullll!
OK, so existential musings aside, here’s some information about Grafton’s amazing, sublime and gorgeous Jacaranda Season!
When can I see the trees?
Jacaranda season is surprisingly brief, which only makes the experience more precious. Generally speaking, the purple blossoms start to show themselves in early-to-mid October.
The second half of October sees the Jacaranda-lined streets and parks of Grafton look like something out of a dream, with the trees in full bloom. By early November, the roads and footpaths are carpeted in fallen purple blossoms as the Jacarandas prepare to don their lighter, green summer outfits. As mentioned before: 21 October to 11 November is Grafton’s ‘Official’ Jacaranda 2021 season.
Where are the trees?
It might be easier to ask ‘where aren’t the trees?’ There are streets after streets lined with Jacarandas around Grafton. Whether you want to take a stroll, ride a bike or drive a car, we would like to make your experience as easy as possible. Below we have a link to a downloadable map so you can easily ‘lose yourself’ in the purple haze, (without, er, literally getting lost.)
Things to do in and around the Jacarandas
Although you can spend all day just admiring the magic of the Jacarandas and soaking up their simple beauty, Grafton offers some lovely activities to make your stay memorable.
First of all, you should be warned that – for reasons unknown to science – time spent in the company of Jacaranda Trees makes a person ravenously hungry. We’re happy to advise that Grafton has a splendid array of cafés, eateries and restaurants that will relieve you of this condition.
Further to this: there’s always the option of picking up some delicious produce from a cafe, emporium, farmers market, or deli, and having a good old-fashioned picnic in your own patch of purple. (Tip for young players, if you’re looking to prove your romantic credentials with a partner, organising a picnic under a Jacaranda Tree is an extremely worthwhile investment of your energies)
And speaking of old-fashioned – remember books? Pick up a novel, perhaps one set in Grafton itself ("The Mint Lawn", for example, written by our Clarence Valley Ambassador Gillian Mears), stretch out, start reading under the trees and let the blossoms fall as you while away the hours. You’ll feel like a character in your own novel.
If you’re more of an up-and-at-‘em kind of person (or couple, or family), perhaps the Jacarandas might fuel your sense of adventure. Use Grafton as a base from which to discover the delights of the Clarence Valley. (See this three-day itinerary
to get you started).
OK, here’s a parting though (it’s a bit left-field, but go with us on this): Maybe one of the best things to do while visiting the Jacarandas is actually – just for a moment or two – to try to ‘be’ like a Jacaranda.
Think about it. Jacarandas (well, all trees, really) are excellent at just … being. So take a moment, put your device aside, take a few calming breaths and see if you can just … ‘be’.
It’s never easy to switch off the constant internal chatter of our minds, but in the company of these incomparably lovely trees, who knows, maybe we can find a moment or two of stillness. It’s time to tick it off your bucket list.