See the beautiful cherry blossom and stick around for Japanese snacks, sumo wrestling and cosplay
Walk under a canopy of pink blossom in the Auburn Botanic Gardens and take photos of the stunning Japanese Gardens for as little as $5.
To celebrate cherry blossom season, the botanic gardens runs a ten-day festival of ticketed events including self-guided tours and mid-week themed days for kids and seniors. It all kicks off with a VIP Opening Night party featuring a Japanese ABBA cover band and plenty of premium plum wine, sake and craft beer.
There are two Hanami (‘flower viewing’) weekends where visitors can wander around the blossom trees at their own pace and enjoy Japanese snacks from food trucks such as Shiso Fine, J-Dog and Momiji – plus others selling America, Filipino, Greek and Turkish treats.
The Hanami weekends also include sumo wrestling matches, a Hello Kitty makeover station, a SMASH! cosplay catwalk show, a zen zone, and free entry into the Peacock Gallery included in the $5 ticket price. Cosplayers take note: you can get free entry if you dress up and reserve your costume tickets in advance.
If you prefer serenity, they have special days for quiet walks in the park – tickets are limited, which makes it a popular experience for photographers who like crowd-free shots of the flowers. There’s even a gardening day featuring Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia, where you can learn how to create a Bonsai garden.
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.