Where to see cherry blossoms in Melbourne and regional Victoria this spring
Cherry blossoms only flower for a few short weeks in Victoria, so here's a guide to the parks and gardens that have the finest displays of these beautiful blooms near Melbourne.
Cherry blossom season is upon us, which means it’s the most beautiful time of year to plan a road trip to see Victoria in all her blooming glory. The dreamy display of gorgeous pink and white petals happens every spring, with cherry blossoms only flowering for a few short weeks in September.
The stunning flower show has long been synonymous with Japanese culture, where celebrating the first spring blossoms, known as Sakura, is a centuries-old tradition. The pretty pastel florals have become one of the county’s most iconic symbols, embodying the ancient Buddhist wabi-sabi philosophy of appreciating beauty that is fleeting or impermanent.
Their importance in Japanese culture has seen the beginning of the cherry blossom season become one of the most magnificent times to visit the island nation, with enchanting flower viewing festivals and parties – or hanami – held across the country.
If you can’t get to Japan, there are many beautiful botanical gardens near Melbourne and across regional Victoria to get your fix of spring blooms. These are some of the best places in Victoria to see the cherry blossoms this season.