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Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2022

These babies only bloom for two weeks of the year — don't miss them.
By Sarah Ward
August 03, 2022
By Sarah Ward
August 03, 2022

Hanami and Japan go hand in hand, but what if you could indulge in the art of flower viewing a bit closer to home? Well, that's where the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival comes in. It's an annual celebration of everyone's favourite pink flora in Sydney's west.

Between Saturday, August 20–Sunday, August 28, the Auburn Botanic Gardens will transform its Japanese Gardens into a beautiful, blooming wonderland. Across the nine days, you'll be able to ramp up your appreciation of the fleeting natural phenomena that is cherry blossom season by viewing the eye-catching blooms in the lead-up to spring. Tis the season, after all.

And taking in the spectacular scenery isn't the only thing you'll be doing. There'll also be an array of Japanese food trucks serving sakura burgers, onigiri, cherry blossom-themed waffles or bubble tea, and cakes from Tokyo Lamington. There will also be a range of activities like a putt-putt golf course, music from Parramatta foodie DJ Levins, a mocktail bar and roaming appearances from Hello Kitty.

Tickets cost $11.75 for general admission and are free for Cumberland residents and children 16 years and under. The event will run from 9am–5pm daily with each visitor booking in a 45-minute timeslot to attend.

Images: Destination NSW. 

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