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Festivals & History

Annual Festivals

The Auburn Botanic Gardens, and in particular the Japanese Garden, are at their most colourful and spectacular each year at the end of May and the middle of August.
Autumn Colours Festival
The Autumn Colours Festival is a wonderful and spectacular time in the Auburn Botanic Gardens.
The Festival occurs over one weekend at the end of May each year. Visitors are treated to an array of colours as we move into the cooler months. The Japanese Garden in particular is magnificent.
Visitors can wander through the Gardens at their leisure or take a guided tour.
The Festival includes exhibitions in the Peacock Gallery as well as musical and dance performances by local professional groups.
Visitors also have the opportunity to take part in the Community Arts Project.
Cherry Blossom Festival
The Cherry Blossom Festival happens over a two week period in mid to late August and attracts thousands of people to the area.
Japanese Sukura (Cherry Blossoms) blooms once a year for about two weeks and is a fantastic spectacle. Having a picnic lunch under a blossoming cherry tree is a popular Japanese tradition.
Visitors to the Gardens are treated to a variety of performances, demonstrations and activities during the Festival including Ikebana, Origami, Haiku Poetry as well as expert talks about Japanese Gardens and the cherry blossoms.
There will also be a Japanese culture related exhibition in the Peacock Gallery for visitors to enjoy.
Admission fee
All Festival activities are free after payment of the admission fee (if applicable). Please read the 
General Visit Entry Charges
Festival Program
The Autumn Colours Festival Program will be available for download from this website at the beginning of May and the Cherry Blossom Festival Program will be available at the beginning of August.
Printed copies of the Programs will also be available at the Botanic Gardens, the Peacock Gallery and Council’s Customer Service Centre at 1 Susan Street,

The History of the Auburn Botanic Gardens

The original concept and design of the Auburn Botanic Gardens is credited to Council’s former Engineer and Town Planner Mr Eric Black.
The Gardens were officially opened on the 11 September 1977 by His Excellency Sir Roden Cutler VC. The Avenue of Remembrance was opened on the 12th September 1987 by the Hon Michael Cleary.
The Avenue of Remembrance
Two plaques located at the northern end of the Avenue commemorate:
  • The part played by the Australian Government in the development of the Gardens and in particular the role played by the Hon Tom Uren
  • Victory in the Pacific in 1945 and the servicemen, women and civilians who gave service to our homeland in Australia’s hour of need
The Aviary
The Aviary was added and officially opened on 5th December 1988 by the Hon Gary West. The Aviary was supported as a Bicentennial Project by the Commonwealth Government.
Other Features
The Fauna Reserve was opened in 1994 and the equal access playground, a project supported by the Commonwealth Government, was opened by the Member for Reid, Laurie Ferguson MP on 28 May 2001.