A cultural delight in Auburn

Auburn Botanic Garden The Great Lake

If you are looking for a bit of a box ticker for a day out then you should consider The Auburn Botanic Gardens. This place is a real surprise and offers heaps for visitors to do. It is one of only a few places in Sydney where you can see native animals pretty much for FREE, plus there are great gardens to see, bushland to enjoy and places to be at peace.

Located about 18 kilometres west of Sydney the gardens are the pride of Cumberland Council. Originally opened in 1977 the gardens are set on 9 acres and offer a great cultural mish-mash of things to see.

To make it even better the garden is split into various sections, all of which are wheelchair or pram friendly.  To help you navigate your way around grab a map at the front gate, otherwise there are large maps located throughout the garden.

So what is there to see?

1. First stop, the Japanese Garden

Upon entering the garden you will first come upon the Japanese Garden which is a real delight.

The Japanese Gardens are definitely the main feature of the day – they include traditional landscaping including a ‘great lake’ bridges, waterfalls, trees and a pagola. You are also pretty much guaranteed to see koi fish and if you look closely you may even spot a turtle or two. Birds including ducks and geese are also abundant around the lake.

Auburn Japanese Garden architecture

Admire the architecture

Lots to see at the Japanese Garden

2. Smell the roses

After visiting the Japanese Garden take a wander past the Reflection Pool and through the Rose Garden (in bloom in October and November) and the Scented Gardens (perfect spot to get married!).

You will also come across a Garden of Trees. These gardens are easy to wander through, take your time and enjoy spotting the different plants.

Stop and smell the roses

3. Playground pit stop

If its a family day out there is an adequate all access playground area. There is one table near by so if you are lucky you can have a rest while the kids have a play.

Auburn Botanic Gardens Playground

A playground for everyone to enjoy

Just near the playground there is also a large grassy spot behind in the ‘amphitheatre‘ that is perfect for a quick break or for the kids to have a run around in. You will also find toilets here.

4. Go outback

The other side of the garden is dedicated to Australian fauna and flora. Here you will find a Billabong, Australian Rainforest and an Australian Native Garden. There are some wonderful paths and tracks in this side of the garden so make sure you take some time to go on a bit of a bushwalk.

Enjoy some time by the Billabong 

The serenity of the rainforest

5. Last stop, visit the animals at Auburn Botanic Gardens

End your time in the garden by visiting the Auburn Botanic Gardens Fauna Reserve. The reserve whilst only small includes quite a few native animals including wallabies (including an albino one), emus, kangaroos and various birds. The enclosures are all clean and well maintained and the animals appear to be well looked after.

Easy walk through the Auburn Botanic Gardens Nature Reserve – don’t miss the albino Wallaby

Auburn Botanic Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

The Amazing Auburn Botanic Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from Saturday 17 August to Sunday 25 August 2019.

This year the festival will feature different themes each day so make sure to check out the program. Themes include Hanami, Garden Day, Kids Day, Serenity, Seniors Day and Let’s Japan.

Five reasons to visit Auburn Botanic Gardens

  1. Enjoy bird watching at the Japanese Great Lake
  2. Go for an easy bushwalk through the Australian Rainforest
  3. See some emus, wallabys and kangaroos up close
  4. Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival (held in August each year, check the Council website for details)
  5. See how many different flowers you can spot in the rose and scented gardens.

Freedays summary

  • Entry: $4.00 per adult on weekends, children free
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes
  • Free carparking: Yes
  • Free BBQ facilities: Yes (outside of the garden)
  • Time to spend here: 3 – 4 hours (including walks and lunch)
  • Food available: No
  • Address: Chisholm Road, Auburn NSW 2144
  • Further details: Visit Auburn Botanic Garden’s directory listing

More free things to do

After exploring Auburn Botanic Gardens why not:

  • Have a bbq and picnic in the area outside the gardens
  • Wander through Cumberland Council’s Peacock Gallery and Art Studios (located just outside the gardens)
  • Visit the Auburn (bird) Aviary (also located just outside the garden).
  • Check out Sydney’s other Botanical Gardens



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