Jacarandas a joy for Gymea commuters at this time of the year

Jacaranda trees on the platform at Gymea station.
Jacaranda trees on the platform at Gymea station.

A lot has changed since Gymea train station opened in 1939.

And, somewhere along the way, someone with great vision planted a row of glorious jacaranda trees at the eastern end of the platform.

Gymea station under construction. Picture: Fairfax Media

Gymea station under construction. Picture: Fairfax Media

The delightful purple flowers are a joy many commuters look forward to each year.

Gymea station opened just before Christmas in 1939 as part of the extension of the train line from Sutherland to Cronulla.

It was originally a single track for the entire length, but in 1985 the line was duplicated between Gymea and Caringbah.

Trains would wait at both stations for their turn on the following sections.

The rest of the track was duplicated in 2010.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage lists Gymea station as an item of local heritage significance.

It was a major 1930s Depression-era public work, and influenced the development of the suburb of Gymea and the broader region, the listing says.

The platform building is described as having “aesthetic significance as a good representative example of the cohesive group of inter-war functionalist style suburban platform buildings (with some art deco influence)”.