Spring is in the air and Adelaide’s beauty comes out for all to share.
Spring in Adelaide is a beautiful time. And when the streets are coloured purple, we couldn’t be more excited about going for a walk. Although we’re still a few weeks away from flowering, the warmer weather has got us excited for whats to come.
The towering Jacaranda trees, which are in fact native to Brazil and were brought to Australia via England in the 19th century, have flourished in Adelaide thanks to the subtropical climate and the ability of their seedlings to sprout from falling seeds. Their attractive and long-lasting pale indigo flowers have also helped since who would dare cut down such stunning beauty?
Some flowerings in recent years have not been as spectacular as others, but they still manage to put a perk in our step when we find ourselves walking down one of the many purple-coloured streets. So, if you’re also in need of some flowering beauty, then lace up your shoes and head on out to these locations.
1. Adelaide City Centre
Grote Street, Carrington Street, and Wakefield Street in the city’s CBD are your go-to quick fix for all things Jacaranda in Adelaide.
2. University of Adelaide
Once you leave the CBD, head north but before you go too far, make sure you cut through the University of Adelaide so you can bathe yourself in some purple rain. You will find them scattered about the campus and also a fairly decent grouping of them alongside Bonython Hall, just north of North Terrace.
3. North Adelaide
LeFevre Terrace is a Jacaranda hotspot but if you keep heading north, you’ll find yourself in Blair Athol with both Lionel Avenue and Clifton Street laying down the purple carpet for your arrival.
4. South of the CBD
Inner-city suburbs like Dulwich, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and Toorak Gardens (technically east) provide city-dwellers with a purple fix every year. Specifically, L’Estrange Street in Glenside, Trevelyan Street in Unley, Chamberlain Avenue in Clarence Gardens, and Byron Road in Blackforest, as well as Main Avenue in Frewville, are likely to be the best places for which to see the flowering Jacaranda tree.
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(Featured image: Ian Sanderson)