Last month, I took a trip to Auburn and visited the Auburn Japanese Garden part of the Auburn Botanic Gardens the day before the Cherry Blossom Festival. Update 14 Sep 2018: the main cherry blossoms have come to an end for this year however there will be flowering peaches and apples displaying blossoms over the next month throughout the gardens.
The Japanese Garden consists of a traditional rock garden, a traditional Torii gate at the entrance and another rock entrance to the lake.
The cherry blossoms did not disappoint and many visitors on the day were in love with them, I may have taken 50+ photos of them and the bees wondering through the blossoms ha!
After admiring the cherry blossoms, I made my way to the main garden where a Guzei traditional red Japanese bridge stands but was stopped in my tracks by a beautiful peacock wondering the gardens with a couple of others.
The main feature of the garden is the center lake. As there are no fencing around the lake, extra care is to be taken when taking children. I went solo that day but can imagine my youngest son was trying hard to give me heart attacks but I saw many children there that day, families enjoying the garden together and walking on steps on the water.
It is not a very large garden but nonetheless a well designed and maintained garden that families and friends can enjoy. I did find myself sitting by the water and taking in the relaxing atmosphere.
The Auburn Japanese Garden is a must visit if you enjoy the cherry blossom but do check-in with the garden before you go to make sure the blossoms are still blooming.
The Auburn Japanese Garden is located at 98 Chiswick Road in Auburn.
The Japanese Garden is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm
There are toilets located outside the garden
There is free parking onsite however it is very limited at times
Entry to the garden is generally $4 during Cherry Blossom time but at times entry is free
There are picnic spots outside the garden with playgrounds
Bring your camera of course
Bring some snacks, water and a picnic if you want to make this a day experience as there is no café onside and not a great deal around either