Every year, the Cherry Blossom Festival marks the end of the winter months and the start of spring. This year, the festival ran from the 22nd to the 30th of August at the Auburn Botanic Gardens (or more commonly known to the locals as the “Japanese gardens”).
However, if you just want to see the cherry blossom trees, then the flowers should also be there outside of that time period too – but remember they only bloom for about 2 weeks! It is recommended that you go earlier rather than later though to avoid disappointment, because the flowers do start to drop off really quickly!
If you go on the weekend, definitely expect a crowd and be prepared to wait for a while to get into the car park – it is probably easier to find parking on a nearby street. From 11am to 4pm, the festival is packed full of activities, including drumming performances, tea ceremonies and food stalls.
Also, if you don’t want as many people in the background of your photos, try to go on a weekday. However, do note that there would not be any of the extra activities you’d find on a weekend.
Besides the iconic cherry blossom trees, the Gardens are also rather spacious and there are walking tracks around the back, as well as mini waterfalls.
They have a section with animals, including wallabies and wombats. You will also find ducks and peacocks roaming around freely. If you’re lucky, you might catch a peacock showing off its tail feathers!
Although the festival is over now, this is an annual event so make sure to look out for it end of August next year! It is definitely a great excuse to head out into the west for a fun day out with friends and family. Entry into the Gardens is free for Auburn residents, but $5 otherwise.