I will admit – I am a self-confessed cherry blossom addict.
I was fortunate enough to visit Japan during sakura season and absolutely fell in love with them! Sadly they are very fickle and last for only 2 weeks of the year and although I matched my travel plans to the prior year’s cherry blossom dates, they opened 1 week earlier than normal, so make sure you’re aware of this if planning a visit during spring!
While I did still see several lovely cherry blossom trees, they were sadly not as impressive as they normally are at their peak.
You can imagine how excited I was to hear that Auburn Botanic Gardens’ holds an annual Cherry Blossom festival for two weeks every year (and you don’t even need to jump on a plane if you’re in Sydney!). People are welcome to bring picnics or enjoy the food stalls available and experience hanami (Japanese sakura picnicking) Sydney style!
Everyone enjoying the beautiful blossoms.
The reflection pool.
Majestic peacocks chilling out.
Turkish Gozleme stand.
Japanese stand selling sushi, teriyaki chicken wings and takoyaki.
We were very lucky to have such beautiful, sunny weather. I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful masses of blossoms and definitely think it’s worthwhile visiting if you’re a sakura fan. Bring your camera so you can take plenty of snaps of the beautiful blossoms while in bloom, typical Japanese style!
The Auburn Botanic Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival is running again this coming weekend on Saturday 24th August and Sunday 25th August. You can read more information about the festival on the Auburn Council website by clicking here. A free shuttle bus is running from the train station to the gardens but there is also street parking available nearby. Cost is a $5 entry per adult (children and Auburn residents free).
Hope you had a lovely weekend!