The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

The Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is open til the 26 August, however the cherry blossoms will stick around for a few days afterwards still. It’s one of the busiest parks in Australia during this period, with thousands of people streaming through it every day. Located in western Sydney in the Auburn Botanic Gardens, the cherry blossom festival is a great place to get photos with cherry blossoms and Japanese style gardens. There’s even an animal exhibit to see, and food stalls to visit so there’s plenty to do for everyone.

Taking Portraits with the Cherry Blossoms

It can be difficult to navigate the crowds, but it is possible to get some nice portraits here. Whether you’re after a selfie or a dramatic cherry blossom shoot, it’s all possible here. Keep an eye on the lighting – avoid harsh light because the shadows will ruin the portrait.

Macro Photography of Cherry Blossoms

Here are some photos of a bee gathering pollen from the blossoms.

The Auburn Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is a centrepiece of the Cherry Blossom Festival and of Auburn Botanic Gardens. There’s a set path with signage that you’re supposed to take around the garden, this is to help with the flow of tourism. If you don’t like crowds much, avoid going on weekends if possible. We went on a Tuesday, which even then was quite busy.

Animals in the Auburn Botanic Gardens

There are a few native animals to meet in the Auburn Botanic Gardens, including a variety of famous ones like emus, wombats and wallabies. There are plenty of birds around, some native ones and plenty of pigeons. The bird feeding near the lake makes for quite the spectacle!

Where to eat in the Auburn Botanic Gardens

During the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, there are a variety of stalls to get food from. We had turkish gozleme, a hot dog and some loaded fries. There’s also some stalls where you can buy a variety of native seedlings to take home and plant.

Parking at the Auburn Botanic Gardens

There are a few options for parking at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. During the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival it’s especially busy so there is even an overflow carpark. There is plenty of traffic and people who don’t know where or how to park, so thankfully there was some staff around to direct. If you don’t mind walking I would even suggest parking in one of the nearby suburban streets.

More Cherry Blossoms

Want more cherry blossoms? There are more to see in Canberra. Check out my blogpost about the cherry blossoms in Canberra, at the Canberra Beijing Gardens. Otherwise if you want to go on another type of cherry blossom adventure in Sydney, check out the suburbs of Roseville, Lindfield and Killara for cherry blossoms planted on the side of the road (if you’re feeling lucky!).