Welcome to spring â€“ that wonderful time of year when our Jacarandas burst into life and put on the most spectacular displays. The blossoms fall as purple rain, bringing a carpet of colour to cities and parks across the land. Although Jacarandas are native to Central and South America, they have become a city favourite. So, grab your GoCard and join Kat and Caron as we walk along the purple carpet created by these magnificent trees.
We begin at the beginning, at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, where the first tree was planted way back in 1864. Growing proud and beautiful, the tree lasted until 1979 when it was blown over by a cyclone. Luckily for us, the gardens are planted with more of these trees, blanketing the grass with stunning purple blossoms.
Our journey continues across the Goodwill Bridge through South Bank and West End, before we catch a ferry across to the stone verandas at the Great Court at the University of Queensland. Jacarandas blooms traditionally signalling the beginning of the exam season - so entrenched in the UQ culture, it's said that if a bloom falls onto your head before an exam, you will fail.
Enjoy a morning tea picnic by the lake on the purple carpet under the Jacaranda trees before we finish. Ferries and buses are close by to return us home.
There are toilet facilities at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and within the grounds of UQ.
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Morning tea picnic by the UQ lake
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