Jacaranda Season! Lose yourself in a lovely dream!
Every now and then, you just have to stock up on the feelings that remind you that life – and the world – is beautiful. Grafton’s Jacaranda Season is a way to plug into that sense of wonder.
In late October and early November, the streets and parks of this Northern NSW city are transformed into something out of a dream when the Jacarandas explode in all their purple glory.
Grafton’s just a few hours south of Brisbane, or an easy flight from Sydney, so come for a day or two, and recharge your senses.
When can I see the trees?
Jacaranda season is surprisingly brief, which only makes the experience more rare and memorable. 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 mid November, the roads and footpaths are carpeted in fallen purple blossoms as the Jacarandas prepare to don their lighter, green summer outfits. Seeing as Nature ultimately makes the call on such matters as blooming and blossoming, we consulted widely with Nature to identify the season as accurately as possible. After speaking with a number of magpies, possums, and hugging several Jacarandas along Jacaranda Avenue, we are declaring 21 October to 10 November as Grafton’s ‘Official’ Jacaranda 2017 season.
Where are 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 actually being lost.
Things to do around in and around the Jacarandas
Although you can spend all day just admiring the beauty of the Jacarandas and soaking up their simple beauty, Grafton offers some lovely activities to make your stay memorable. (And it’s scientifically proven that exposure to the colour purple makes humans ravenously hungry, fortunately Grafton has a splendid array of cafe’s, eateries and restaurants.)
Why not pick up some delicious produce from a cafe, emporium, farmers market, or deli to have a picnic in your own patch of purple?
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
Get dressed up in your best gear and have a photo shoot, with your family, friends and loved ones. Best spot? Check out our Instagram for some ideas @myclarencevalley
Here’s our favourite: How about doing nothing? Just for a moment. When was the last time you put aside your device, switched off from modern life’s distractions, stopped thinking, stopped doing? Being in the presence of these remarkable blossoms encourages stillness – even if only for just a few minutes.
Grafton’s Jacaranda Festival
This colourful, wonderful community celebration is loved by visitors and residents alike.
The Jacaranda Festival occurs from Saturday 27 October to 4 November.
How to get to Grafton you ask?
The Pacific Highway (A1/M1) is the major highway accessing Grafton and the Clarence Valley, linking Sydney and Brisbane along the east coast of Australia. Grafton is about 3 hours south of Brisbane and 7 hours north of Sydney
What’s the quickest way to get to Grafton? Fly direct! Get onboard one of the direct flights which operate daily between Grafton and Sydney and we’ll have you surrounded by the purple haze of Jacaranda’s in no time. Airport transfers, taxis and hire cars are available for your short drive to the historic City nestled on the majestic Clarence River. Check out the flight schedule at REX Airlines website here.
Qantas, Jet Star and Virgin Blue have daily flights into Ballina/Byron Airport and Coffs Harbour Airport. Yamba is just over an hour’s drive south of Ballina and Grafton is 50 minutes north of Coffs Harbour.
You can use NSW Trainlink services from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Moree to travel to Grafton. The station is in South Grafton, pretty close to Grafton’s famous bendy bridge.
The major bus companies travel the Pacific Highway and stop in Grafton. Best to check their websites for schedules and more information:
Greyhound Pioneer www.greyhound.com.au
Premier Transport Group www.premierms.com.au/newhome/home.asp
How to move around when you get here
It’s pretty easy to get around by foot in Grafton. No steep hills, not too much traffic, and, what a way to soak up nature’s purple beauty, walking underneath the Jacarandas, seeing them from afar and approaching one step at a time …
Bring your bike! Cycling is a very pleasant in Grafton, there are wide streets and some dedicated bike paths. If you can’t bring your own, hire a bike from Grafton City Cycles.
Busways is the local bus company, check their schedule for stops and times.
And you can always call a taxi, 02 6642 3622.
Staying for a few days to really enjoy the region?
And why not extend your stay and experience the delights of the Clarence Valley. Grafton’s not far from the coast, including the gorgeous coastal towns of Yamba, Wooli and Iluka (only 40 minutes away) and the rather well kept secret of the Clarence Valley hinterland is just a short (and very picturesque) drive. Make sure you have a look through our My Clarence Valley site to discover all of the amazing things you can do to make you visit to the Jacarandas a visit of a lifetime.
Part of me wants to keep it a secret, part of me wants to tell everyone I know, the Clarence Valley is paradise.