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 season for yourself this spring.
Grab coffee to go and a petal-spangled slice of cheesecake from nearby Rafter & Rose cafe and wander to Timothy Moloney Park opposite St Mary’s Church (pictured). This spectacular 1870s landmark is one of the city’s most-photographed buildings and the park opposite is fringed with a mighty display every spring.
See the purple haze from the air with a joy flight with Pterodactyl Helicopters. Flying over the heritage accommodation and wedding venue Woodlands of Marburg with its flourish of deep purple every spring is completely breathtaking. And 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 and head to the water tower lookout on Denmark Hill (view pictured).
Take a trike tour. Ipswich has two operators – Ipswich Trike Tours and Brisbane Trike Tours – for thrill seekers with a penchant for pretty things and motorbike bling! You can kick back and enjoy a ride through streets lined with heritage homes or head out of town and visit quaint towns such as Rosewood and Marburg.
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 planted by work gangs in the 1930s.