Purple Rain: Best Jacaranda Locations in Moreton Bay Region

It's that wonderful time of the year when Moreton Bay Region is transformed into blooming seas of purple. The fallen jacaranda flowers are a key indication summer is not far away. They grace our suburbs with beautiful vivid blooms and blanket the ground in a vibrant purple carpet.

Although indigenous to Brazil, the jacaranda has certainly found a home here in Moreton Bay Region. From October to November jacarandas extend their beautiful lilac branches out across every suburb bringing floral joy and feeding the Instagramming masses.

Looking for things to do around Brisbane? Scroll through the list and get ready for a jacaranda finding adventure!

Here are the top 5 spots for you to see the best of the blooms this year in Moreton Bay Region.


Old Petrie Town, Whiteside

For a fairy tale scene and an abundance of purple blossoms head to Old Petrie Town. Set among the beautiful backdrop of ancient Moreton Bay figs, the jacaranda trees add a pop of colour to the rustic and natural beauty of the historical location. If you love a good trip to the local markets and are looking for things to do around Brisbane, plan to visit on a Sunday. Every Sunday you can browse the Old Petrie Town Country Markets where local history meets trendy gourmet foods and fresh fruit and vegetables, art and crafts and locally made goods.


John Scott Park, Samford

Set your GPS to Samford and find a family of jacarandas in the heart of the quaint hinterland village at John Scott Park. This spot is perfect for a family picnic and BBQ with a playground and a large grass area.

As well as some great play equipment there is lots of space to ride a bike. Grab a coffee and an ice-cream for the kids across the road at the Long Yard Larder.

If you are looking for things to do around Brisbane, this should be on your list!


Lake Eden, North Lakes

In the middle of the ‘burbs you’ll find a pretty lake and pretty park home to many lavender blooms in the springtime. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and surrender to the tranquility of Lake Eden. You can enjoy the view from one of the many parks around the lake or pull on your walking shoes and embark on the Lake Eden Trail which weaves its way around the entire body of water.

Lake Eden is home to some of the largest jacarandas in the Moreton Bay Region, filling the park with a burst of colour when the flowers begin to fall. Visit for a picnic, some exercise, wildlife spotting or fresh air - you won't be disappointed!

Hungry? Sit on the edge of Lake Eden with stunning lakeside views while enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Boardwalk Restaurant.


Sweeney Reserve, Petrie

Catch the jacarandas while they are at their blooming best at Sweeney Reserve. This park is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Loved for its effortless beauty the driveway into Sweeney Reserve is lined with beautiful purple blooms. Sweeney Reserve is an ideal location for a family gathering, a birthday party, or a spot to let your four-legged friend run free in the enclosed dog park.


Caboolture Historical Village, Caboolture

Feel like you have stepped into a history book at Caboolture Historical Village. Situated on 12 acres of land, north of Caboolture CBD, the Historical Village is a wonderful collection of vintage objects and buildings that tell a captivating story about our past. Wander through the streets of yesteryear, with quaint churches, a post office, butcher, corner store and beautiful gardens that, you guessed it, have jacaranda trees scattered throughout!

When you find yourself looking for things to do around Brisbane this spring we hope you go searching for the fresh jacaranda blooms and find joy in their lavender coloured rain.

Be sure to share your purple blooms with us on social media, using #visitmoretonbayregion and tagging us at @visitmoretonbayregion.

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Acknowledgement of Country - We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waterways of the Moreton Bay Region, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, and Turrbal people and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise the ongoing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land.