Where to see Cherry Blossoms Near Sydney
Among the many vibrant things that Japan is famous for, none is more captivating than the show-stopping Cherry Blossoms that emerge during spring. Japan’s Sakura Matsuri festival is one of the nation's highlights, however, they only bloom briefly for a few short weeks in April.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go to the land of the rising sun to see these pink petaled beauties. They flourish in some of our cold climate areas right here in NSW.
Here are the best spots to see cherry blossoms near Sydney.
1. Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival at Auburn Botanic Gardens
**Please note that the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival has been cancelled this year.**
Auburn Botanic Gardens is a stunning natural parkland with native and rainforest gardens, a scented garden and sunken rose garden, animal habitats and tranquil water features. They also host the much-loved Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival every year, where candy pink hues transform the gardens into a Japanese wonderland. The award-winning nine-day festival is full of flowers, food and family-friendly activities. It’s NSW’s largest flower festival and a lovely celebration of Japanese culture, that focuses on feeling good and observing mindfulness in everyday life.
Location: Auburn Botanic Gardens
Dates: 21 to 29 August 2021
2. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is a sprawling 28-hectare public garden within a World Heritage Area that boasts an abundance of exotic flora blooming all year round. In an ode to Japan, there are 20 stunning blossom trees dotted around the garden creating an enchanting pastel display along the Spring Walk, the season when these oriental buds come alive.
Location: Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
Dates: all throughout the year
3. Leura & the Leura Garden Festival
The lovely town of Leura in the Blue Mountains is awash with flowering cherry blossoms during spring, adorning the Leura Village Mall with a blush pink streetscape. The Leura Garden Festival also comes alive in springtime when the public is granted access to private gardens to behold the blaze of colour and character. The various gardens are famous for their magnificent displays of cool-climate blooms.
Location: Leura in the Blue Mountains
Dates: During spring and during the Leura Garden Festival from 2 to 10 October 2021
Katoomba is another Blue Mountains neighbourhood that has taken advantage of its chilly climate to beautify their streets with ornamental cherry blossoms. The flowering cherries are at their spring peak around mid-October.
Location: Throughout Katoomba
Dates: from mid-October
5. Lennox Gardens, Canberra
Set within the tranquil Lennox Gardens on Lake Burley Griffin, the imperial Chinese style parkland area is adorned with a traditional welcome gate and pavilion, and paths that wind through sculptures and blossoms.
Also in Lennox Gardens, Canberra Nara Peace Park is home to a small landscaped Japanese garden with its own traditional wooden gate and gazebo, and over 20 beautiful, ionic cherry blossom trees.
Location: Flynn Dr, Yarralumla
Dates: during spring
6. The Cowra Japanese Garden
The Sakura Matsuri celebrates Japanese culture and the rebirth of spring at the Cowra Japanese Garden - widely considered the best cherry blossom garden in Australia, with five hectares dedicated to a Japanese garden created by renowned garden designer, Ken Nakajima. The breathtaking sight of the blossoms in full blooms is celebrated annually in September at the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival.
Dates: The Cowra Japanese Garden is open throughout the year. The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival is in September 2021.
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