Western Sydney’s hugely popular Cherry Blossom Festival has finally returned after a two-year hiatus. For two weeks you can explore a gorgeous wonderland filled with pleasing pink hues, delicious food, live entertainment and of course, cherry blossoms. It’s all happening at the Auburn Botanic Gardens as the nine-day festival prepares to usher in the start of cherry blossom season.
Cherry Blossom Festival 2022
With canopies of pretty pink cherry blossoms, multiple photo ops, a delightfully scenic setting and food trucks aplenty, it’s a much awaited winter event in the city.
The popular Hello Kitty garden party returns with themed craft activities, as well a 9-hole Harajuku themed mini golf course and a Sakura Mocktail Bar. DJ’s will be on-site spinning a fun mix of Japanese and pop music to keep you on your feet. There will also be a Flower Rave every morning where attendees are encouraged to partake in a festive song and dance.
Several events are held at the gardens which pay homage to Japan’s rich culture. You’ll find sumo wrestlers throwing their weight around and plenty of Japanese pop culture cosplay at the venue. Other highlights include a lovely emerald green lake filled with geese, origami hangings and Japanese street food.
The festival will also bring back the ever popular ‘Cherry Trail’ along with the Japanese fusion food village. There will be cherry blossom waffles, Sakura burger, cherry blossom lamingtons and Japanese flavoured cold brews, coffee, sodas and bubble tea to dive into.
This year round, visitors to the event will depend on capacity numbers. Although 45-minute sessions are available all day long, you’ll need to book them in advance to secure a spot.
Cumberland City Council Mayor Lisa Lake also announced free bus transfers for festival goers.
“To ensure festival goers and residents aren’t too impacted by traffic, Council will be offering free bus transfers from Auburn Station to the gardens, but if you need to drive in, I encourage you to park in the pop-up festival carpark that will be located in Tavistock Street in Auburn and catch the fun ‘Sushi Express’ mini train to the gardens.” said Mayor Lake.
There will also be live music to entertain you as you walk around the gardens. Tickets cost just $11.75 for adults and can be booked via the council’s website. We can’t wait!