Those who know me know that I am a bit of a cherry blossom fiend. I visited Japan earlier this during cherry blossom season to experience the authentic sakura experience for the first time and absolutely loved it. Something I think everyone should see at least once in a lifetime! Sadly, cherry blossoms are very fickle and even though I based my Japanese travel timing far in advance to match last year’s previous blossom bloom time, (as well as average sakura blooming time in previous years), unfortunately the cherry blossoms in Japan opened one week earlier than predicted. While I did still see several lovely cherry blossom trees, they were sadly not as impressive as they normally are at their peak.

Cherry blossoms open for only two weeks a year and I absolutely adore that time of year – but as you can see, their beauty passes very quickly! I have really been enjoying this blossom season lately and seeing them in the local community and on my weekend walk abouts. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Auburn Botanic Gardens’ holds an annual Cherry Blossom festival for two weeks every year. People are welcome to bring picnics or enjoy the food stalls available and experience hanami (Japanese sakura picnicking) Sydney style!

I had never visited Auburn Botanic Gardens before but was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was. It really reminded me of the gardens in Japan and made me feel really nostalgic of all my Japanese travels which are jam packed with good memories.

Everyone enjoying the beautiful blossoms.

The reflection pool.

Majestic peacocks chilling out.

Coffee cart.

Ice-cream truck.

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. Unfortunately there were only two food stalls which were very crowded so if you wanted to have lunch I think it would be a nice idea to pack a picnic to enjoy on the grass. 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!

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