The heritage city and surrounding countryside are home to some spectacular annual outbursts of jacarandas. It’s an instagrammer’s delight. Here are some ways to experience the Ipswich Jacaranda season for yourself this spring.
Grab coffee to go and a petal-spangled slice of cheesecake from nearby Rafter & Rose cafe. Then wander to Timothy Moloney Park opposite St Mary’s Church (pictured). This spectacular 1870s landmark is one of the city’s most-photographed buildings. The park opposite is fringed with a mighty display of Ipswich Jacaranda every spring.
See the purple haze of the Ipswich Jacaranda from the air with a joy flight with Pterodactyl Helicopters. Fly over the heritage accommodation and wedding venue Woodlands of Marburg. Its spring flourish of deep purple is completely breathtaking. You can even land somewhere in the country for a coldie or lunch.
See the trees as the sun spills her first rays across the land, from the basket of Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights. It’s a gentle way to start the day and you’ll score some Instagram gold – or um purple – on the way.
Or do what Lady Brisbane did when she visited Ipswich last spring. Head to the water tower lookout on Denmark Hill for an undeniably spectacular perspective (view pictured).
Take a trike tour. Ipswich has Brisbane Trike Tours – for thrill seekers with a penchant for pretty things and motorbike bling! Kick back and enjoy a ride through streets lined with heritage homes or head out of town. Visit quaint towns such as Rosewood and Marburg.
Finally get into the spirit of the season at the Goodna Jacaranda Festival. It’s a big community event packed with family fun and live entertainment set in a park lined with magnificent jacarandas. They were planted by work gangs during the 1930s.