Auburn Japanese Garden - Auburn - Sydney - Review

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.

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The Japanese Garden consists of a traditional rock garden, a traditional Torii gate at the entrance and another rock entrance to the lake.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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.

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The Auburn Japanese Garden is located at 98 Chiswick Road in Auburn.

Our tips:

  • 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

For more information about the Auburn Japanese Garden in Auburn, head to their website.

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