Purple Rain: the jacarandas blooming across Brisbane

From October to November, a purple canopy falls over Brisbane – from the vast campus of the University of Queensland to the streets of New Farm. For most of us, they represent springtime and the promise of glorious Brisbane weather for the next six months at least.

For students, they signal that exams are looming. Beauty is pain, apparently.

Believe it or not, jacarandas are not native to Australia – they’re originally from south-central South America but thrive in sub-tropical environments, aka Brisbane.

The first Jacaranda Mimosifolia was planted in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens in 1870 and today they are scattered throughout the city. As the city’s population began to grow in the 1920s and ’30s, they were planted more widely across Brisbane as a way of making the city more beautiful – and that they did!

See some of our favourite snaps of the purple rain from the Brisbane International Student Ambassadors!

Jacarandas in bloom

@celestemorinigobaez - "That time of the year when one of the most beautiful university campuses in the world gets even more beautiful. All the jacaranda trees bloom during spring and magically transform the environment giving it a purplish blue tone all around even on cloudy and rainy days like this."

Jacarandas in bloom

@gustavochamusca captured this beautiful jacaranda tree in bloom.

Jacarandas in bloom

@talinacerise - "It's finally sunny!"

Jacarandas in bloom

@sheep_in_brisbane - "Look out for the pretty purple sea!"

Jacarandas in bloom
@parthgram - "Spring is here. Dear @uniofqld, is this what heaven looks like?"

Jacarandas in bloom
@naaz_i_shath_leenaz - "What a beauty! Jacarandas are my fav!"

Jacarandas in bloom
@baokhanh_chelsea - "I love spring in Brisbane because it's the time when the city is full of colour. Flowers blossom, sunny days and espcially purple jarcarandas making the scene of the city so romantic."

Jacarandas - IG
@neus_gc - Jacarandas are blooming at Raymond Park!

Jacarandas in bloom

@geedub1309 - "I'm forever riding in the Purple rain... Purple rain, purple rain. Purple rain, purple rain."

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