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's where you can catch Cherry Blossoms near Sydney.
Auburn Botanic Gardens
Auburn Botanic Gardens is a stunning natural parkland with native and rainforest gardens, 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.
Please note: Due to the public health risk posed by COVID-19, Auburn Botanic Gardens will be closed until Thursday 10 September 2020. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival will not proceed this year.
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.
Please note: Tours and walk at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden are temporarily suspended.
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.
Please note: The 2020 Leura Gardens Festival has been cancelled and will be back in 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.
Further afield in that nation’s capital, the Canberra Beijing Garden sees cherry blossoms bloom in spring. 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.
In central west NSW, the small town of Cowra puts on a show-stopping cherry blossom festival every year. 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.
Please note: The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 event is cancelled due to COVID-19.
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