One resident asked council if the street could be “shut down” to non-locals and another suggested the trees be cut down altogether.
“I’m quite frankly disappointed about that,” Cr Gibson said. “The jacaranda season is a happy season. I am just delighted to see visitors come to Kirribilli and come and support our local shops.”
As a result of the influx of visitors, North Sydney Council has created a plan to capitalise on the social media trend and tens more trees are to be planted in the area in coming months.
Cr Gibson said jacaranda trees had recently been planted in nearby Holbrook Avenue and council was awaiting final approval to plant up to a dozen more along Broughton and Ennis roads.
“We are going to make the jacaranda the signature tree of Kirribilli,” she said. “This is something joyous, something beautiful and the residents of Kirribilli should be eager to share what we have.”
Due to the pandemic, the street isn’t getting busloads of international tourists like previous years but it has instead seen a swarm of brides and international students living in Sydney this year.
Sydney couple Jimmy Kinarta, 24, and Yenny Ciady, 25, who are getting married in Indonesia next year, headed down the street on Monday for a “pre-wedding photo shoot”.
“It was really busy; there were another three or four couples there when we went,” Mr Kinarta said. “We saw the location from some photos on social media so we decided to go.”
Kirribilli resident Jan Howlett, 80, has lived on McDougall Street for 25 years and said that while it was “rather dangerous at times” the trend didn’t worry her.
Ms Howlett said police cars had been patrolling the area during recent days and that hundreds of people had been on the street from 7am on Sunday.
“I’m quite happy to see all these people because they do get a lot of joy,” she said.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.