Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Time Out says
Take a selfie amongst the beautiful cherry blossom and stick around for Japanese snacks courtesy of Adam Liaw
To celebrate the start of cherry blossom season, Auburn Botanic Gardens runs a nine-day festival of ticketed Hanami (‘flower viewing’) sessions and midweek tours so you can wander under the canopy of pink flowers in the Japanese-style gardens.
NSW’s largest flower festival gets incredibly busy in winter, and you should plan your trip accordingly. We’ve experienced queues in the past, including up viewing platforms and across the stepping stones in the scenic lake – but the beautiful buds make up for the waiting times.
Make the most of the free shuttle buses that run the station, or park your car a few streets away. They also run Serenity Day viewings, where you get to walk at a more leisurely pace around the peaceful garden.
This year, celebrity chef Adam Liaw has created a Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival Bento Box that you can order before or after your walk in the park. There’s also an izakaya serving cups of Hanamikura Aya sake made from yeast extracted from the cherry blossom flower.
Best of all, if you’re a local they let you experience the cherry blossom free of charge. Simply bring proof of your Cumberland address and ID.