Spring is almost here, which means the ethereal cherry blossom season is approaching. These delicate blooms of pink and white only blossom for a few precious weeks in spring. So, we’ve found some incredible places around Melbourne that feature beautiful cherry blossoms to help you get prepared. The best time to see these beautiful blooms tends to be around the later end of September. But, being nature, it’s best to keep an eye on social media to stay up-to-date with the season this year. Here are some gorgeous places to gaze at cherry blossoms around Melbourne and Victoria this spring.
Drive out to the Yarra Valley and celebrate spring at the Blossom Festival by CherryHill Orchards. Take your family, your friends, and even your dog, and explore the stunning rows of blooming cherry trees. During the festival, there will be workshops to try, delicious food to eat, photography packages and more. This year, the Cherry Blossom Festival will run from September 16 to October 1.
📍 474 Queens Rd Wandin East, VIC 3139
Blue Hills Berries & Cherries are bringing back their delightful Cherry Blossom Show. Feel a touch of whimsy at this cherry farm, and discover a fairy garden, stunning flowers and face painting. You’re welcome to dress up as a fairy or elf for an extra touch of magic, and flower crowns and wings will be available for purchase on the day. Pack a picnic and graze among the trees. On the weekends, there will be live music and a roaming Blossom Fairy. The Cherry Blossom Show will run from Saturday September 23 to Sunday October 1. Learn more here.
📍55 George Road Silvan VIC 3795
3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Take a stroll into The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne. During a few precious weeks in spring, you’ll see wonderfully delicate cherry blossoms in full bloom. The Children’s Garden will reopen to the public from September 4.
With over 38 hectares to explore and over 8,500 other species of plants, you can be sure to find other beautiful blossoms during springtime. To find specific plants, including cherry trees, check out the Royal Botanic Garden’s Living Collection Censure here.
📍Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne VIC 3004
4. Banksia Park Cherry Grove
This park in Bulleen features a gorgeous cherry grove. In 1980, the Japanese government donated 100 flowering trees to mark the visit of their Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira to Victoria. These trees are now looked after by hardworking volunteers and rangers from Parks Victoria, leading to picturesque cherry blossoms during spring.
📍3 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105
5. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden in Olinda is well known for its massive collection of rhododendrons, but it has other wonderful plants too, including azaleas, camellias and, yes, cherry blossoms. Due to the high altitude of the garden, the cherry trees blossom slightly later in the year than they do in the suburbs of Melbourne. So, if you’ve missed the window closer to home, driving to this garden is definitely worth a shot!
📍The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC 3788
6. Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens is well known for its ornamental lake, old boathouse and shady trees. In springtime, these luscious gardens are filled with blooming blossoms from cherry trees, as well as azaleas, camellias and other bright blooms.
📍1A Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke VIC 3789
Escape to The Garden at Broughton Hall, a stunning four-acre space in Jindivick. Wander through the grounds and discover stunning plants, secluded spots and dramatic views. Here, the cherry blossoms tend to pop up around October, but the garden is truly breath-taking all year round. The garden is open to the public from September 2 to December 21, from Thursdays to Sundays.
📍125 Palmer Road, Jindivick, Victoria, 3818
These beautiful gardens in the Yarra Valley are known for their dramatic wisteria archway in October. Stretching out across 7 acres, there’s also have plenty of other shrubs, flowers and trees to discover at Alowyn Gardens. Pop into the French Style Garden and look out for the flowering crab apple tree. While it isn’t exactly a cherry blossom, the trees are covered in blossoms during spring, starting out as deep pink buds, and opening out to a clear white. The avenue of blooming trees will certainly make for some picture-perfect photos!
📍 1210 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 3775