Once a year a simple residential street on Sydney’s North Shore becomes a major tourist attraction. People stand, sit or lie in the road, phones in hand – and all because the street is lined with the gorgeous purple trees that flower right now creating a fantastically picturesque tunnel that’s made for instagram.
The purple trees are called Jacaranda and they flower just once a year between late October and during November and while there are Jacaranda trees, and places to photograph them, all over Sydney, one place has become the Instagram holy grail – the Jacaranda tree tunnel in McDougall Street, Kirribilli.
Here the flowery purple trees grow on both sides and as more flowers appear the branches from either side arc over the road to form what looks like a perfect purple tunnel.
It’s even better when the flowers fall as they carpet the ground with purple as well.
It’s now so popular that every day hundreds of people line the street trying to get that perfect instasnap. When I went this afternoon there was a bridal photo shoot, people sitting in the road and even tour buses departing! I admit, it is super pretty so I can see why.
However, there’s no way around it. To get a good photo does require you standing in the middle of the road. You have to be very early, very lucky (or extremely good at photoshop) to get a picture without a car or another person in it. My solution to this was simply to start taking pictures of other people posing! The residents are extremely patient with all this hoohah, but you do need to keep your wits about you so no-one runs over your foot.
Where is the Purple Trees Tunnel?
It runs along McDougall Street in Kirribilli on Sydney’s North Shore. The easiest way to get there is to take a train to Milson’s Point and then walk north along Broughton Street (that’s the away from the Harbour Bridge and past the Kirribilli Hotel).
Follow the road round as it curves and McDougall Street will be on your right. I think the best spot for pics is the southern end of the road towards the waterfront.
But also take a walk into the park, there’s a bright red flowering tree which makes a fantastic flowering contrast that demands your lens’ attention. Hurry though you’ve only got until the end of November to get your snaps before the sight disappears – until next year.
If you’d prefer to head a bit more off the beaten track with your jacaranda snaps, try these suggestions of other brilliant photo spots from Bounced Photon.
What Else is Near the Jacaranda Tunnel?
There are lots of bars and restaurants in nearby Kirribilli, including the super-cute The Botanist and Small Bar. It’s also a short walk from Luna Park, the fairground with the fantastic face for an entrance. Nature lovers visiting the jacaranda tunnel to appreciate the flowers should also take a side trip to Wendy’s Secret Garden. This labour of love has taken 25 years to create and it’s simply beautiful.
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