Jacaranda Festival

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Hundreds of jacaranda trees are in full lilac bloom at Grafton, a small historic and gracious town clustered around the Clarence River in NSW’s Northern Rivers. The Jacaranda Festival is Australia’s first folk festival and has been running annually since 1934 to¬†express the people’s thanks for the generosity with which nature blesses this part of the globe.

The trees fill the skies and cover the ground with lilac-blooms as the town kicks off the festivities with the Jacaranda Ball, followed on the weekend by a flotilla of decorated floats, shop front displays, colourful locals and tourists, all decked out in their best jacaranda outfits.

Taking refuge from the crowds are the wood ducks who prefer to linger in the shade at one of the lovely parks scattered throughout the city. I love the way the jacarandas are reflected in the water.