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Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

Auburn Botanic Gardens

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Start daily
09:00
Finish daily
17:00

Important event information

Large crowds are expected to make their way to the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2019, with the largest crowds expected on the weekends. Attendees are encouraged to use public transport to get to the event. If you must drive, allow additional travel time.  

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. There is also a Travel Cap of $2.80 on Sundays.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you head you travel to avoid queues at top-up machines. You can top up your card online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have a contactless-enabled debit or credit card or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal card readers. Available on metro, train, light rail and ferry services, and coming soon to bus services, contactless payments are another way to pay on the Opal network. Adult Opal fare pricing applies and you will receive Opal benefits, including daily and weekly fare caps.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start running from the early morning. Change at Epping to connect with train services towards Auburn.

On Sunday to Wednesday nights until late 2019, the late night North West Night Bus service will run frequent all-stops and limited stops services from Tallawong at 9.25pm and from Chatswood at 10.10pm while Sydney Metro grows to full operations.

You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services. You will need to use your Opal card on North West Night Bus services.

For Metro service disruption information, check trackwork and travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closet station to the Auburn Botanic Gardens is Auburn. From there change for a free event shuttle bus to the gardens. Alternatively it is approximately a 30 minute walk to the event site.

On Saturdays and Sundays during the event T1 Western Line trains will make an additional stop at Auburn between 9am and 5pm.

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August, trackwork is taking place on the T1 Western Line between St Marys and Granville and Richmond and Granville. Customers travelling from these areas will need to catch a rail replacement bus to Granville to connect with trains to Auburn.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place each weekend during the festival and may affect how you travel to and from the event

From 02:00 Saturday 17 August to 02:00 Monday 19 August:

  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Buses replace trains between Waterfall and Central. Trains run to a changed timetable between Cronulla and Sutherland, and between Central and Bondi Junction.
  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Dapto and Central, and between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Trains run to a changed timetable between Bomaderry and Kiama, and between Kiama and Dapto, with some trains leaving up to 70 minutes earlier than normal.

From 02:00 Saturday 24 August to 02:00 Monday 26 August:

  • City Circle Line: Trains run around the City Circle in one direction only, from Central first stop Museum. Buses replace trains from Town Hall to Wynyard and Circular Quay, in that direction only. 
  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between St Marys and Granville and between Richmond and Granville. 
  • T1 North Shore Line: Trains run between Berowra and Wynyard only.
  • T2 Inner West and Leppington Line: Trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern. 
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Trains run between Liverpool or Lidcombe and Sydenham only, some to a changed timetable. 
  • T5 Cumberland Line: Buses replace trains between Richmond and Granville.
  • T6 Carlingford Line: Buses replace trains between Carlingford and Clyde.
  • T8 Airport & South Line: Trains run from Macarthur or Revesby to the City via the Airport, in that direction only. Trains from the City to Revesby or Macarthur run via Sydenham. Buses replace trains in one direction only from Central to Green Square and Mascot, and from Green Square to Wolli Creek, continuing to Sydenham. 
  • T9 Northern Line: Trains run to a changed timetable between Hornsby and Central. 
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Penrith and Central. Trains between Bathurst and Central continue to run, to a changed timetable.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: Trains may run to a changed timetable due to trackwork between Strathfield and Central. 

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel so allow plenty of extra travel time and plan ahead. For train service disruption information, check travel alerts and trackwork or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Free event shuttle buses will be running throughout the event from 9am to 5pm daily between Auburn Station and Auburn Botanic Gardens. The free shuttle bus stop is on the South Parade when exiting Auburn Station.

Regular bus route services also stop near the Botanic Gardens including routes 908, 909 and 911 (doesn’t run on Sundays).

Buses in the area may experience delays on the weekends due to heavy traffic. 

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and change for train services towards Auburn.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. Change at Central to connect with trains to Auburn.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information. For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Traffic will be heavy approaching Auburn Botanic Gardens as large crowds make their way to the event including on Chisholm Rd, Chiswick Rd, Wellington Rd and Mona St.  

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area visit NSW Taxi Council.

Limited parking is available in the gardens, contact Cumberland Council to book accessible parking.

Parking is available in the Susan Street Carpark in Auburn, on the weekends a free shuttle bus will run between the parking station and the Gardens from 9am to 5pm. The free shuttle bus stop is on Susan St.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).