Jacaranda season is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Australia so it’s only right to have an entire festival dedicated to celebrating the purple-hued plant. Lucky for us, the (small) city of Grafton in NSW, which is 3.5 hours south of Brisbane, is serving up a stunning display that is well worth travelling down for. Expect trees, markets, pomp and pageantry at the 10-day event, all in the midst of blossoming jacaranda.
Grafton Jacaranda Festival
Grafton has been famously dubbed the Jacaranda city so you can expect a stunning display of purple canopies in all their glory. The festival will take place from October 26 to November 5 with the annual float parade, drag queen bingo, buzzy markets and more lined up. The festivities won’t end after hours with the lovely trees of See Park illuminated as the sun goes down. This year’s festival blends its rich history with a touch of modernity with an inclusive vision in mind.
One event to mark on your calendar is Jacaranda Thursday which will see Grafton’s main street close down with a license for the entire town to join in and let their hair down. Join the crowds meandering throughout the CBD and take in the dreamy atmosphere or get your hands on some purple ice cream for the perfect Instagram pic. The final weekend will feature the Float Parade with more than 100 floats down Grafton’s Prince Street. A mix of ticketed and free events will run throughout the festival. Head here to see the full program.