The blossoms are back for the 2022 Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

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The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival (シドニー桜祭り) has finally begun! From Saturday, August 20th to Sunday, August 28th, visit Auburn Botanic Gardens for Western Sydney’s very own slice of Japan. Cumberland City Council welcomes everyone to witness the spectacular display of the delicate pink blooms, known as Sakura (桜), which lasts for only 10 short days. This annual festival will bring together food, flowers, fun, and family in a celebration and anticipation for the coming of Spring.

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“Torii Gates at the Cherry Blossom Trail Entrance, Auburn Botanic Gardens” © Laura Caldwell | Masked Bandit Productions (2022). For more photos, visit @maskedbanditproductions on Instagram!

This hidden gem will attract more than 100,000 people to discover Japanese culture and traditions. Festival goers can enjoy a range of spring themed activities and entertainment from Hello Kitty’s Garden party, mini golf, and a live set from DJ Levins while enjoying modern twists from food vendors, such as Tokyo Lamington and Onigiri Lab. “It’s the perfect way to spend your weekend catching up with friends and family. It’s like we’ve travelled all the way to Japan!”, said first time visitor Katie.

If the Cherry Blossom Festival has got you excited, the expansive landscape will mesmerise you from the moment you step inside. First time visitor, Kenji, said “I had no idea that Western Sydney had such an amazing Japanese Garden. I can’t wait to take some cute pictures on the bridge and under the cherry blossom arches.” Known for its iconic and picturesque settings, it is no surprise that the 9.2 hectares of lush parkland is significant to the people of Auburn and its visitors from Australia and around the world.

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“The Cherry Blossom Trail, Auburn Botanic Gardens” © Laura Caldwell | Masked Bandit Productions (2022). For more photos, visit @maskedbanditproductions on Instagram!

Mum Florence brought her children, Max and Abigail, to explore the beautiful gardens. She said, “I loved relaxing in the sun, surrounded by the shade of the blossoms, and its majestic falling petals. The cherry blossom trail was even better than I expected.” Florence said it was like the perfect snapshot from her favourite anime and would definitely recommend bringing the family on a day out.

The garden is also open outside of the festival season with a range of attractions including a fauna reserve, roaming peacocks, sunken rose garden, native rainforest, reflection pool, picnic and BBQ area, aviary, and a lake home to a range of fish and ducks.

For more photos, visit @maskedbanditproductions on Instagram!

Garden Map - Auburn Botanic Gardens © Cumberland City Council
Garden Map – Auburn Botanic Gardens © Cumberland City Council

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2022 Information

When: Saturday 20th August – Sunday 28th August 2022 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00PM

Where: Auburn Botanical Gardens, Corner of Chiswick & Chisholm Roads

Tickets: Entry is FREE for Cumberland City Residents, or $12.75 General Admission. You can still buy tickets here

Travel: Auburn community loop shuttle buses are available every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00PM. Buses leave approximately every 20 minutes, running between Auburn Train Station and Auburn Botanic Gardens.

Parking: If you are driving, there is parking available on Chiswick Road & Chisholm Road

For more information, visit https://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/auburn-botanic-gardens, call 8757 9000, or visit the Cumberland City Council website.

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*Shot on location at Auburn Botanic Gardens, Cumberland City Council. The creator would like to pay respects to Aboriginal Elders, past, present, emerging, and acknowledge the Dharug people as the traditional owners of the land on which this article and its content was produced.

Laura Caldwell

3rd year student, Laura, is currently studying a Bachelor of Screen Media with a major…

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