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Where to take photos of jacaranda trees blooming on the Gold Coast

Charntel Cleveland | September 29, 2021

Jacaranda trees are simply stunning when in full bloom. And with spring, these trees are about to flourish with perfect pops of purple like something straight out of a fantasy movie.

If you’re keen to take in the majesty of jacarandas, or light up your Instagram feed with these blooming beauties, we’ve rounded up the best places on the Gold Coast to capture these breathtaking blooms.

Just don’t leave it too late. Jacarandas usually only flower for around two months—from spring to early summer. On the Gold Coast, jacaranda trees typically start blooming from mid-September until the end of November.

Hilary Boyce Park (photo credit: @keykodesign)

Tamborine Mountain (photo credit: @katethelightchaser)

In full bloom at O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards (photo credit: canungravalleyvineyards)

Heritage Drive, Mount Nathan

Heading into the Gold Coast’s hinterland, you’ll be rewarded with lots of lush photo opportunities. In the hinterland, Mount Nathan lies just a little further west than Guanaba and Nerang, and Heritage Drive is home to numerous blooming jacaranda trees.


Bond University


T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters

Tucked just behind the city’s Glitter Strip skyscrapers, T E Peters Drive at Broadbeach Waters comes alive during spring as jacaranda blossoms grace this tree-lined suburban street. If you are looking for a public-transport-friendly jacaranda jaunt, this location is easily accessible via the G:Link tram (walking from the Broadbeach North station) or Surfside buses. Check out Translink’s journey planner to explore your public transport options.

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards

Located on Lamington National Park Drive at Canungra, about a 45-minute drive from the Gold Coast, O’Reilly’s is another top spot for a picture-perfect day trip. Jacaranda trees bloom beside the estate’s grape vines in spring— providing a striking setting for a picnic—and O’Reilly’s sells ready-made breakfast hampers and picnic baskets full of local gourmet goodies for day-trippers to try, along with their fine wines. O’Reilly’s also has a restaurant and spa, plus a campground and accommodation if you fancy stretching out that day trip and staying a little longer.

Jacarandas blooming at Bond University (photo credit: @jymix_)

Blooming near the bell tower at Bond University (photo credit: @bonduniversity)

Jacarandas blooming at Bond University (photo credit: @jymix_)

Hilary Boyce Park, Labrador

Unless you’re a Labrador local, you may not have heard of Hilary Boyce Park. Nestled between Turpin Road and Harris Street, this suburban park is the perfect place to get up close and personal with flowering jacarandas. If you head there mid-season once the flowers begin to fall, you’ll also be treated to an enchanting blanket of blossoms covering the ground below.

Bond University, Robina

The grounds of Bond University are home to a number of jacaranda trees, which provide tertiary students a picturesque spring setting in which to soak up their newfound knowledge. Another not-so tranquil name for jacarandas used among some South-East Queensland students is the “purple panic”, as the blooming of these trees signal the onset of final assessments and exams.

Rudd Street, Broadbeach Waters

T.E. Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters

Broadbeach Waters

Currumbin Valley

A quaint mix of rural areas and rainforest, Currumbin Valley is one of the Gold Coast’s most verdant pockets, providing the ideal setting for exotic jacarandas. Try travelling the scenic route of Currumbin Creek Road to capture the varied beauty of this unique area.

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