TL;DR – Today I explore the University of Queensland Bloom Festival, the festival where purple was king, which should be no surprise if you have ever taken a medieval art history class before
Every year here in Brisbane the University of Queensland turns purple as the Jacarandas come out to bloom. It is a beautiful time of year unless you are a university student in which case it heralds the coming of exams and the onslaught of rumours about what happens if you get hit by the falling flowers. We explored the flowering time last year with our walk around the UQ St. Lucia campus (see here), however, this year they have expanded on the Jacarandas with the UQ Bloom Festival, and today we get the chance to explore the Jacarandas after dark.
TL;DR – Today I explore the time of year that Brisbane turns purple.
There are a lot of benefits for living in Brisbane, the weather is nice most of the year round, we have some of the nicest beaches in the world a short drive away, and if you want to escape the heat you have the hinterlands. However, for me, my favourite time to be in Brisbane is the end of spring when the city turns purple as the Jacarandas (Jacaranda mimosifolia) come out to bloom. So today we are going to explore one of the best places to see the Jacarandas in full flower the campus of the University of Queensland which sits along the Brisbane River at St Lucia. Just a warning that there are a lot of images after the fold, so if you are on mobile you might want to check that you are on wifi.