Best places to see Jacaranda blooms this Spring

This Spring Ipswich is being taken over by a gorgeous purple haze...find out where you can enjoy the purple blooms.
24 Sep 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

As Spring rolls around every year, Jacaranda trees in the Heritage City and surrounding countryside start to bloom, adding a pop of colour to parks and reserves.

Here are a few ways to experience the Ipswich Jacaranda season this year.

Wander Timothy Moloney Park

Jacaranda trees in the park across from St Mary's Church

The park is opposite St Mary’s Church – a spectacular 1870s landmark which is one of the city’s most photographed buildings – is fringed with Jacarandas blooming every Spring that eventually form a purple carpet on the grass below.

Best enjoyed with a coffee to go and a pretty petalled treat from Rafter and Rose nearby.

Visit Woodlands of Marburg


In Spring you can see beautiful Jacaranda trees in full bloom at Woodlands of Marburg.  The heritage estate is home to Tommy Smith Cafe which opens on weekends and the Sugarmill Restaurant which is open Friday and Saturday nights.  You can also book to stay the night and soak up the peaceful surrounds a little longer.

Drive to Goodna for streets lined with blooms

Jacarandas in Goodna

Jacaranda trees in Goodna were planted during the 1930s and are blooming gorgeous.  The annual Jacaranda Festival is back this year and will feature entertainment, rides, side show alley from Friday 27 October to Sunday 29 October.

Head to Evan Margison Park and Brisbane Terrace in Goodna to see the displays, it is also the location of the festival.

See the purple haze from the basket of a hot air balloon

Jacarandas from the basket of a hot air balloon flight

You could see the purple haze from the air as you tranquilly float over the skies from the basket of a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flight.

This is probably one of the most spectacular ways to see the blooms, and definitely a bucket list experience.

Settle under a blooming tree in Queens Park

Jacarandas in Queens Park

Take a walk around Queens Park and settle with the picnic blanket under the shade of one of the gorgeous flowering trees for a moment of beauty and peace!

You could also grab a coffee or lunch at the Queens Park Cafe while you’re there.

Where to stay

Jacaranda Trees in bloom

If you’re coming to see the jacarandas and looking for a getaway visit our accommodation page for luxury rooms, budget friendly options and farm stays.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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