It is the start of spring in Australia which means the start of beautiful cherry blossom season, and while it may not be as renowned or spectacular as Japan’s Hanami (flower viewing) festival, there are some great places downunder to see these beautiful blooms in all their glory.
Cherry blossom trees thrive in cold climate and mountain areas of Australia which typically mean the southern states of Victoria, Adelaide and New South Wales.
Cherry blossoms only display their beautiful blooms once a year for a fleeting moment (a few short weeks) usually in September.
Here are some of our favourite spots to see these stunning flowers.
New South Wales
The scenic region of the Blue Mountains, about a 55 minute drive from Sydney, is a great place to view cherry blossoms. Blossoms line the main streets of the villages of both Leura and Katoomba, putting on a stunning display in spring. The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens are another great spot to view the blooming flowers – take a picnic and make a day of it.
The Japanese Garden at the Auburn Botanic Gardens is at its most spectacular during the annual Cherry Blossom festival between mid-August and mid-September. The gardens are open from 9am to 5pm each day.
The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens in Olinda have cherry blossoms in abundance as well as thousands and thousands of rhododendrons, azaleas, daffodils and camellias making it a perfect place to spend a sunny spring afternoon.
The beautiful open gardens of Mount Macedon, such as Forest Glade and Tieve Tara are awash with colour in spring and are the perfect climate for growing these trees. Cherry blossoms can also be seen in the nearby towns of Woodend, Kyneton and Daylesford, typically in private front yards or lining back streets, making it lovely to just wander around the pretty towns enjoying the display of pink and white blooms.
CherryHill Orchard in the beautiful Yarra Valley, holds a Blossom Festival each spring. This year it is on from 26 September to 6 October, where there will be live music, cherry- based drinks and food trucks (with famous cherry ice-cream!), making it a great day out.
Stella Creek Cherry Farm in the Adelaide Hills will be opening for two weekends in September for the public to enjoy over 2,700 cherry trees in bloom.