In Full Bloom: 12 Must-Visit Spring Flower Destinations in and Around Sydney

where to see spring flowers in sydney

Spring is a magical season in Sydney when the city comes alive with vibrant colours and fragrant blooms. As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, Sydney’s parks, gardens, and nature reserves burst into a riot of colour as flowers awaken from their winter slumber.

From iconic public spaces to hidden gems, here are the best spots to witness the beauty of spring flowers in Sydney.

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Where to See Spring Flowers in Sydney

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a floral paradise nestled in the heart of the city. With its stunning views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty. The garden comes alive in spring with a breathtaking display of native and exotic flowers. Don’t miss the Calyx, a horticultural display centre that showcases seasonal exhibitions, including the annual springtime show featuring thousands of blooming plants.

Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden

Tucked away on Sydney’s lower north shore, Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden is a well-kept local secret. This hidden gem offers a delightful escape from the urban jungle. The garden features meandering paths, lush vegetation, and an array of colourful flowers that bloom in spring. It’s a tranquil place to relax, meditate, or enjoy the serene beauty of nature.

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Where to See Spring Flowers Outside Sydney

Auburn Botanic Gardens

Located in western Sydney, the Auburn Botanic Gardens is a hidden gem that comes alive with colour during spring. The Japanese Gardens within this park are particularly enchanting, with cherry blossoms, azaleas, and wisteria creating a scene worthy of the gram. It’s a tranquil oasis where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a peaceful walk among the blossoms.

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden

Located in the scenic Blue Mountains, the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is a must-visit for any flower enthusiast. Spring brings a stunning display of rhododendrons, azaleas, and wildflowers against the backdrop of the magnificent Blue Mountains. The cool climate at this altitude makes it the perfect spot to see exotic and cool-climate plants in full bloom.

Hunter Valley Gardens

A bit of a drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley Gardens are worth the trip for their spectacular spring displays. Spread across 60 acres, these gardens feature themed sections such as the Rose Garden, Sunken Garden, and Storybook Garden. In spring, the gardens are ablaze with the colours of tulips, daffodils, and other seasonal flowers.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

For a taste of native Australian flora in spring, head to the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. This unique reserve in the northern suburbs of Sydney showcases a wide variety of native wildflowers in their natural habitat. The sight of native wattles, Waratahs, and kangaroo paws in bloom is a quintessentially Australian spring experience.

Corbett Gardens, Bowral

Corbett Gardens is the jewel in Bowral’s crown when it comes to spring flowers. It is home to the annual Tulip Time Festival, usually held in September. During this time, the gardens are ablaze with thousands of tulips of various colours, creating a stunning display. It’s a must-visit for anyone wanting to see vibrant spring blooms.

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Where to See Cherry Blossoms in NSW

Auburn Botanic Garden

Venture to Sydney’s Japanese Garden in Auburn for a backdrop of bright pink cherry blossoms and a striking red Tori gate. Wander around and enjoy the grounds or settle in for lunch from Japanese food trucks and pop-up Izakayas during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Leura, Blue Mountains

The quaint village of Leura has streets lined with cherry blossoms. You will also find them in gardens and parks. The best part is there are less likely to be hordes of tourists, as it’s a little bit of a secret.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains

In Katoomba, the cherry blossoms are well-known and hard to miss. In October every year, a sea of pale pink paints the town’s gardens and main street. It’s a special time to visit the most popular town in the mountains.

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Where to Find Canola Fields in NSW

Southern Highlands

Drive through the southern highlands, and you’re bound to spot a sea of yellow canola blanketing the ground. In Berrima, there’s a huge field of them, but you can only look, don’t touch. Farmers are pleading with tourists not to trample the canola. Just admire the delicate beauties.

The Canola Trail, Coolamon, Junee, and Temora

Follow the canola trail through small towns and villages, surrounded by patches of yellow canola. One of the best ways to experience it is with a hot air balloon ride. However if you prefer to stay land-bound, the trail is an easy drive to follow. You can pick up a rental bike and follow the track or drive around, stopping at the local chocolate factory and cheese shops.

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