Your state-by-state guide to the best spring gardens in Australia

Find native flowers, jacarandas, and other spring blooms near you.

Jamie T.

Come springtime, Australia explodes in a profusion of colour. Local cherry blossoms signal the start of the season, jacarandas spread pastel lavender tones, and Australia’s native flowers, like the iconic waratah (New South Wales' national flower) and yellow billy buttons, burst forth with brilliant hues.

From thriving national parks to immaculate orchards, this guide helps you find the best local blooms in your state.

Spring flowers in New South Wales

Daffodils swaying in the wind at Blue Mountain Botanic Gardens

1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

  • When: October - mid-December
  • What: Jacarandas, azaleas, rhododendrons, wisterias, daffodils, waratahs

Situated next to the iconic Sydney Opera House , the Royal Botanic Gardens is Australia’s oldest botanical garden with 30 hectares of rolling lawns, leafy groves and floral trails. Explore a purple sea of blooming jacaranda trees, along with springtime splashes of pink, red, and yellow azaleas, snow-white rhododendrons, and lavender wisterias.

“It’s a lovely place to visit and walk. You get lovely views of Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from here.” – Candy H

2. Kosciuszko National Park

  • When: November - January
  • What: Billy buttons, eyebrights, everlasting daisies

Think Kosciuszko , and ski fields, hiking trails, or Australia’s highest peak might come to mind. But few know that this spectacular alpine park has more in store — like the colourful wildflowers that bloom en masse every spring. With 21 floral varieties to call its own, this iconic landscape is also home to classic spring flora like bright yellow billy buttons, pink everlasting daisies, yellow and purple eyebrights. Adventurous hikers can extend their visit with a multi-day tour around the Snowy Mountains and Sapphire coast .

“There's a lovely view out over Watson's Crags, but whether it will be snow-covered, who knows.” - sasanqua

3. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

  • When: October - December
  • What: Waratahs, proteas, daffodils, eucalyptus trees

This is the only botanic garden in Australia located in a UNESCO World Heritage area. With over 900 colourful species of plants on display, the lush trails in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden lead up to the famous Three Sisters lookout point , where you can see miles of eucalyptus trees resembling a ‘blue haze’. Fiery red waratahs can be found in the Blackheath, Glenbrook, Katoomba, Lower Grose Valley, and Mount Wilson areas of the park. Discover the best viewpoints on an intimate guided tour —or plan your route with information on each trail here .

“A cold last of winter day at Mt Tomah Botanic Garden was uplifted by the beautiful scenery and in particular the glorious waratahs and proteas in full bloom.” - KevinDwyer1956

4. See Park, Grafton

  • When: Late October - November
  • What: Jacarandas

The small town of Grafton explodes in a haze of dreamy lavender blossoms ahead of the annual Jacaranda Festival in late October. With more than 6,500 trees and 24 beautiful parks around this small town, you’re all set to walk your way through spring. See Park , with its looming jacaranda trees and proximity to the Clarence Riverfront, is a great place to start.

“There are maps of the jacaranda trees online and at the information centre, but to be honest you don’t need any maps as purple trees are everywhere.” - RSV_12

Spring flowers in Victoria

White Rhododendron Bush at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda

5. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda

  • What: Rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, daffodils

The Dandenong Ranges is a sprawling cool climate garden showcasing over 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils, with incredible views over Yarra Valley . Known best for vibrant pink rhododendron clusters, the open garden demands at least a few hours of exploration during spring—nothing less. The sights are better enjoyed onboard Puffing Billy ; the train runs through the lush forest, making several stops at mountain villages along the way.

“The sealed walkways are well laid out with varying gradients amidst a variety of plants and trees. The landscape changes on every visit.” - Billy L

6. Victoria State Rose Garden

  • When: November - Late March
  • What: Rose varieties

Follow Werribee’s sweet floral scent and find yourself at Victoria State Rose Garden , where 5,000 colourful roses bloom, climb and ramble across five hectares of trimmed garden paths and archways. With the historic Werribee Park Mansion and lush Werribee Park close by, wandering in the area can take up a full day. Kids and the elderly might enjoy a quick stop at the Werribee Open Range Zoo , just five minutes away.

“Great place for family picnics with a museum, hotel and winery nearby. A majestic place for both young and old alike. Must visit if in Werribee South.” - shian

7. Cruden Farm, Langwarrin

  • When: September - November
  • What: Wisterias, rhododendrons, roses, sweet peas, lily of the Incas, clematis

Enter the enchanting dreamland of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who received the grounds as a betrothal gift from her husband. Carefully tended to for over 80 years, Cruden Farm combines the beauty of weeping wisterias, lush lilacs, colourful roses, and massive rhododendrons in one scenic spot. Entry is AUD10 for adults, and well worth it. For a full day of fun, pair your outing with a visit to the nearby McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park .

“It's a place of hidden paths, majestic trees, enchanting spots for a picnic, walking or meditation. If you are a garden lover, you will be in heaven.” – Annie44433

Spring flowers in Queensland

Close-up of Jacaranda Tree branch at See Park, Grafton, Brisbane

8. New Farm Park, Brisbane

  • What: Poincianas, jacarandas, roses

Poincianas are characteristic of Brisbane, and there’s no better place to admire these blooming Christmas trees than New Farm Park . Known as the flame tree that signals the beginning of spring, you won’t miss these firetruck-red trees standing against the pale blue sky. The park is also a great place to spot jacarandas. Cap off your day with a cocktail cruise down the nearby Brisbane River , where you can catch more iconic city views.

“Exquisite rose gardens (in season) and beautifully maintained pathways and lawned areas.” - car0line2811

9. Girraween National Park, Ballandean

  • What: Pea flowers, billy buttons, bluebells

This park was named Girraween , meaning “place of flowers”, for good reason. Alongside peak views and otherworldly granite formations, the park’s multi-coloured bushwalks are lined with white heaths mixed with red, yellow, purple pea flowers, golden billy buttons, pink trigger plants and violet bluebells. Camp overnight—Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek are ideal sites—to explore the many trails and sights the park has to offer. While you’re in the area, drop by Wisteria Cottage for some heavenly chocolate .

“From October to November, all of the wild flowers are in bloom. Stunning scenery with numerous walks (both short and easy, as well as long and more demanding).” – bluenosebunyip

Spring flowers in Western Australia

Everlastings and Cushion Bushes at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth

10. Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth

  • What: Pink everlastings, kangaroo paws, qualup bells, orchid varieties

Rated as one of the top attractions in Perth on Tripadvisor, the 400-hectare Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a must-see in spring—over 3,000 native species of wildflowers thrive here. Explore a range of walking trails at your own pace or join free guided walks or tours . Perth’s Tiny Tours also offers a local wildflower tour across Kings Park and Araluen Botanic Park .

“Spring is the best time to visit with the abundant wildflowers. Sit and look at the views across the Swan River and Perth's CBD skyline or explore the botanical gardens full of native plants to WA.” - jss359

11. Lesueur National Park, Jurien Bay

  • When: August - October
  • What: Kangaroo paws, yellow acacia, red cat’s claws

Lesueur National Park is one of WA’s most significant wildflower parks and a key landmark for botanical conservation. It’s home to 10% of WA’s flora population, with over 900 stunning flora species scattered across low heath and creek lines. Watch for wildlife like kangaroos and native birds—if you’re lucky, you might even spot the elusive Carnaby’s black cockatoo. Need some help planning your trip? Try a guided wildflower adventure by Jurien Bay Adventure Tours .

“Fabulous national park to spend a morning admiring the views and the stunning wildflower displays. We have enjoyed visits to various parks in WA but to me, the diversity of flora here is a standout.” - Dan L

12. Araluen Botanic Park, Roleystone

  • What: Tulips

Vibrant tulip beds of all shades come alive in Araluen . Its well-maintained lawns, incredible tulip displays and beautiful water features are a big draw, so schedule at least one to three hours for exploring. Looking for a picnic spot? Park yourself by Stinton Creek to enjoy your lunch. Or enjoy a guided walk and picnic in the area , courtesy of Kaleidoscope Tours.

“The falls and the lake bring a cool, fresh breeze to the park – with a nice river flowing into the pond. It's a must-see place, a tropical adventure.” – Jay Idris

Spring flowers in South Australia

Pink azalea and camellia bushflowers at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

13. Wittunga Botanic Garden, Adelaide

  • When: September - December
  • What: Ericas, Proteas

One of three botanical gardens in Adelaide , Wittunga is a suburban oasis teeming with pastel Ericas and Protea varieties, including an extensive collection of plants from Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Blessed with shady lawns and a tranquil lake, the park is a fun learning environment for families with kids looking to explore the floral trails. The fun continues with a family-friendly cruise down the nearby Torrens River .

“Don’t forget to pick up a map and a seasonal information sheet on your way in. And make sure you look up into the gum trees — there are koalas to be spotted!” – AilsaMacT

14. Belair National Park, Belair

  • When: Early September - November
  • What: Cherry blossoms, creamy candles, bush peas, donkey orchids

Love walking and biking? Belair National Park has a well-trodden trail for that. This scenic woodland features the oldest plant nursery in South Australia, where you can find unique floral varieties including native donkey orchids, creamy candles and even cherry blossoms in early spring. From koalas to kookaburras, wildlife is teeming here—so get your camera ready. You can even book a one-day safari tour around the area.

“Lots of wild flowers and wildlife. Black cockatoos, emus, blue wrens are just some of the many birds to see. However, the koalas steal the show for me.” – Vicki M

15. Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Hills

  • When: September - early November
  • What: Roses, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, orchid varieties

Two words: Floral. Explosion. A common stop on road trip itineraries around Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty is a technicolour display of blushing rhododendrons, pastel azalea bushes, and cream-coloured magnolias. The ATCO Heritage Rose Garden is a must-see, with over 5,000 roses (including native blooms, too). Keen to explore the rest of the wine region? Best Wine Tours can take you to some of the biggest vineyards around Adelaide Hills.

“A spectacular view at every turn! As it is nestled on a steep slope it’s probably a good idea to start at the top and walk down - then get a lift back to the top.” – Chriso17

Spring flowers in Tasmania

Multi-coloured rows of tulips at Table Cape Tulip Farm, Wynyard

16. Table Cape Tulip Farm, Wynyard

  • When: Late September - late October

Check out Table Cape Tulip Farm —the go-to spot for an extravagant display of red, yellow, orange, pink and purple tulips. Endless beds of tulips bloom across 14 hectares of farmland for an entire month. To make the most of this once-a-year phenomenon, admire the scene from above on a Table Cape Lighthouse tour .

“We visited the tulip fields and it’s just breathtaking. So many tulips blooming, such a wonderful explosion of colours, makes you feel like you are in heaven.” – catalinafh

17. Woolmer’s Estate, Longford

If you love roses, you’ll love Woolmer’s . Explore 460 varieties of roses in the exquisite National Rose Garden , said to house the country's most diverse collection of roses. There are even guided tours available in the property’s homestead, where heirlooms and artefacts preserved across six generations tell a greater story of Tasmanian history.

“Enchanting rural views, magnificent show of roses and a fascinating glimpse into local history. What more could you seek? Put this attraction into your car's GPS.” – Stephen C

18. Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, Burnie

  • When: Mid-September - November
  • What: Rhododendrons, azaleas, cherry blossoms

Run entirely by volunteer groundskeepers, the 11-hectare Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is a labour of love. Rhododendrons and azaleas of all shades—purple, orange, red, yellow, pink—line airy walkways leading to peaceful lakes and bridges. While you're at it, discover incredible coastal sights on local excursions with Cradle Coast Tours .

“A wonderful display. Very serene, peaceful and an enjoyable and pleasant wander among different gardens and settings within the site. Allow an hour at minimum.” - marketingguru2015

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The best places to see cherry blossoms in Australia

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We are almost at the end of winter, which means spring is just around the corner. And with that comes some beautiful blooms, including cherry blossoms. 

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Grown mainly as an ornamental, the blossoms appear in late winter primarily as single-petal displays in dark red, pink or white and have a light fragrance. Some leaves are red or deep purple, almost black. 

Cherry blossom trees can grow in Australia. While the iconic cherry blossom trees native to Japan (Prunus serrulata) might not thrive in all parts of Australia due to differing climate conditions, there are varieties of cherry blossom trees that can be successfully grown in certain regions of the country.

What is cherry blossom month?

So when is the best time to see cherry blossoms in Australia?

Cherry blossom month in Australia varies depending on the specific region and climate. In most parts of Australia, cherry blossoms typically bloom during the spring months, which are September, October, and November. However, the exact timing can be influenced by local weather conditions, the variety, and the location within Australia.

In regions with colder climates, the blossoms might appear later in the season. It's advisable to check with local botanical gardens, horticultural experts, or cherry blossom festivals in your area to get the most accurate and up-to-date information about the blooming period.

Where to see cherry blossoms in Australia

Here is a list of places you can see cherry blossoms in Australia.

Auburn cherry blossom festival

Auburn Botanic Gardens

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The Auburn Botanic Gardens hosts an annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms tree. The festival runs from August 19 to August 27. 

Further south, The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden s boasts 20 blossom trees along the Spring Walk. 

The streets around Leura and Katoomba also come alive with cherry blossoms in spring. 

Dubbed the best cherry blossoms in Australia, the Cowra Japanese Garden is worth a visit, especially in September at the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival .

The Hunter Valley Gardens is also home to cherry blossoms in the beautiful Oriental Garden; the design is based on traditional Japanese and Korean botanic features. The blossoms bloom from the start of October but can be earlier, depending on the weather. 

where to see cherry blossoms

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens in Olinda features hundreds of trees that look very impressive in full bloom. 

The open gardens of Mount Macedon, such as Forest Glade and Tieve Tara , are also the perfect place to witness cherry blossoms. 

Head to Woodend, Kyneton and Daylesford , and wander the streets to view the blossoms when they are in full bloom. 

CherryHill Orchard in the beautiful Yarra Valley holds a Blossom Festival each spring. This year it is from September 16 to October 1, 2023. Have your picture professionally taken amidst the blossoms, and enjoy a Posh Picnic while taking in the sites. 

Cherry blossoms

Yes, cherry blossoms do grow in Canberra.  Canberra Nara Peace Park is the home of the October annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival . It features a small Japanese-themed garden and several iconic cherry blossom trees.

Close by, the Beijing Gardens are also home to cherry blossoms which tend to bloom quite early in the season. 

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The best places to see cherry blossoms near Melbourne

Cherry blossom season is fleeting, so make the most of it and plan a trip to see these beautiful blooms

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There's a lot to love about spring, like enjoying spring festivals and events ,  planning a  spring getaway , or  visiting one of Melbourne's many beautiful gardens to see  spring flowers  – especially cherry blossoms. 

Cherry blossoms are a beloved part of Japanese culture, and the Japanese celebrate the spring blossoms, known as sakura, by picnicking beneath the blossoming trees. The blooms are so beloved that they've become Japan's national flower, and they're seen as a symbol of renewal and hope.

Luckily for Melburnians, there are several places near our city where you can see blossoming cherry blossoms. We've rounded up our top picks below, so have a scroll and plan a trip to some of these spots – it'll be a perfect opportunity to capture some lovely photo memories, with the pretty blooms as the backdrop. 

When do cherry blossoms bloom in Melbourne?

Cherry blossom season usually starts in the last week of September and runs until around the end of the first week of October. That means that there's only a two-week window for you to see these gorgeous blossoms; in this way, the flower embodies the ancient Buddhist wabi-sabi philosophy of appreciating beauty that is fleeting or impermanent. 

"The cherry tree loses its leaves over autumn and goes dormant over winter, and in spring it produces the blossoms that are then pollinated by bees," says Krys Barker of CherryHill Orchards. "From the pollination, the blossom petals drop off and leave the ‘baby’ cherry. The cherry then grows bigger and redder to produce the cherry around mid-November. The cherries become ripe and ready for picking between November and January – then the cycle begins again.”

Are cherry blossoms always pink? 

Contrary to popular belief, cherry blossoms don’t only come in pink but in all different colours, including white, yellow and green. 

After more fair-weather experiences? Check out Melbourne's lavender farms , or take  a journey to see other types of spring wildflowers bloom . 

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CherryHill Blossom Festival

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CherryHill Orchards has been growing some of Australia's finest cherries for eight decades now, and on top of being among the oldest and largest cherry orchards in the state, it's also home to Victoria's largest annual cherry blossom festival . 

Stroll through 35 hectares of cherry trees, rife with blossoms in the spring. You can pre-book a picture-perfect Posh Picnic or enjoy food from the food trucks among the pretty blooms while listening to live music.

For some added fun, partake in activities like candle-making and flower crown workshops, or educational bee workshops for the kids. If you fancy photography, you can try a walking photography workshop to capture the stunning visual feast of these cherry blossoms.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing, scenic day out on one of the lawns at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden . The 40-hectare garden is home to a colourful display of 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils, as well as a stunning display of cherry and other spring blossoms.

After enjoying a stroll, you can enjoy refreshments at Café Vireya. There is also a Garden Explorer bus you can hop on for a 20-minute guided shuttle tour of the gorgeous grounds.

Blue Hills Cherry Blossom Show

Blue Hills Cherry Blossom Show

Blue Hills Berries and Cherries  is once again hosting a Cherry Blossom Show, offering visitors the chance to spend a spring day surrounded by spectacular cherry blossoms. There's a whimsical fairy theme at the event too, and guests are invited to dress up and discover a magical fairy garden. You can bring your own picnic and don't forget a camera to snap some Insta-worthy photos. There's even live music on the weekends to add even more fun to the day. The show runs from September 23 to October 1, with adult tickets at $9 and children at $6. 

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Okamé cherry, which is a cross between the Fuji cherry and the Taiwan cherry, is in full bloom in Melbourne's  Royal Botanic Gardens . You'll find them in the Bell Shed Bed on Central Lawn, and it's the only Okamé cherry in the garden's living collection and among the first of its cherry blossoms to flower. 

Another highlight is the magnolia denudata (lily tree) of the Southern China Collection. This particular species is believed to be the first magnolia cultivated around 4000 years ago, and its bright, creamy white flowers are considered a symbol of purity.

Banksia Park Cherry Grove

Banksia Park Cherry Grove

Sit beneath the cherry tree groves in Banksia Park, which has a beautiful history and story dating back more than four decades. In February 1980, the Japanese government donated 100 flowering cherry trees to the people of Victoria to mark the visit of Japanese prime minister Masayoshi Ohira. 

Today, the trees are being maintained and cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers comprised of Japanese-born residents and Parks Victoria rangers. They ensure traditional pruning methods are used to guarantee beautiful blooms and that the trees are in optimal health. The species of the donated trees is the prunus serrulata, a species that's native to China, Japan, Korea and India. And best of all, Banksia Park is right next to the Heide Museum of Modern Art , so you can pop in for a visit after your stroll. 

The Garden at Broughton Hall

The Garden at Broughton Hall

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These breathtaking gardens located in West Gippsland were designed more than 25 years ago. Offering lush and tranquil views over the Tarago Reservoir, it's the perfect place to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature.

"Right through the middle of the garden and to the east, there's a cherry walk where you'll find the large cherry trees in full flower during the stunning spring season," says David Musker, the designer of this lavish garden. "We encourage visitors to bring picnics and have lunch under these fabulous trees celebrating the spring season."

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Cherry blossoms bloom in cold climates and mountains of Australia, specifically in the west of New South Wales. Their beautiful blooms last for a few weeks between September and October.

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Hailing from Arizona, US, Gin Blossoms are a power pop/rock band who brought forth a lighter, pop-oriented sound, acting as an antidote to the gloom of the grunge era that dominated alternative rock in the 90s.

Initially formed in 1987 by bassist Bill Leen and guitarist Doug Hopkins, they struggled to find a stable lineup, finally settling on vocalist Jesse Valenzuela, Drummer Phillip Rhodes and guitarist Robin Wilson, who went on to switch roles with Valenzuela. They recorded the album "Dusted" independently, releasing it in 1989, catching the attention of A&R records, who signed the the following year.

It was their next release, 1991's "Up & Crumbling," that established Gin Blossoms as a band on the rise, breaking into the mainstream charts with their hit single, "Hey Jealousy" in 1993. The band's southwest sound was decidedly fresh against the flurry of grunge bands that were popular at the time, blending the rootsy country-blues rock of the Byrds with R.E.M's guitar hooks in the similar vein to fellow Arizona artists the Meat Puppets, The Refreshments and Dead Hot Workshop. Their third full length, "New Miserable Experience" (1992), as well as "Hey Jealousy" was full of hit singles, like "Found Out About You," with these songs dominating MTV and radio stations, going on to sell over one million copies.

However, struggling with alcoholism and depression, Doug Hopkins was fired from the band, leading to his tragic suicide on December 5th 1993, which occurred just as his songs had begun to dominate the airwaves. He was replaced by guitarist Scott Johnson, with the band recording their second album, "Congratulations… I'm Sorry" in 1996, the name being prompted by the death of Hopkins. The album charted well and featured one top ten hit, "Follow You Down," yet it received mixed reviews from the music press.

The band disbanded in 1997, embarking on various other projects, before reuniting again in 2001, initially for a one-off New Year's Eve concert. However, this was followed by a summer-long tour, finding new interest from fans and the public of their music, reissuing "Dusted" to renewed acclaim.

The band released a batch of new material in 2006, with the album "Major Lodge Victory" reestablishing them in the alternative rock scene, with the album reaching number 159 in the Billboard 200 album chart. In 2010 they released their fifth album, "No Chocolate Cake," offering a more refined album that reflected their recent dietary requirements. Through continued touring, they have maintained the band's popularity, most notably with their performances in the nationwide 'Summerland Tour' in 2012, where they played at 31 dates alongside bands including Everclear, Sugar Ray and Marcy Playground.

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It has been 15 years since I have been to a Gin Blossoms show (now I feel old). I was excited to hear that they would be playing in my area again, at the same venue. This made me very excited as it's a small intimate venue.

It was interesting to see them return.I found my seat and waited for the show to begin. The crowd was full of people in their 30's and 40's. These were longtime fans just like me. The lights dimmed and "Hey Jealousy" began to play. I was immediately transported back to the mid 90's. The band sounded and looked great as they smashed through "Allison Road" and "Found Out About You". For the next 90 minutes the Gin Blossoms transformed the crowd to another time. The music has proven to be timeless, with the band sounding fresh and energized.

Towards the end of the show, the band took a break and thanked the crowd. They told stories about how they remembered playing this venue many years ago. It was a very moving moment. They lifted the mood by playing a few more upbeat songs.The show was over and I felt like I had experienced something unique. I hope it is not another 15 years before I see the Gin Blossoms because I am old now and might be 6ft under!

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I went to the Claddah Pub in Lawrence to see the Gin Blossoms. The tickets were general admission and said that the doors opened at 6:00 and the concert would start at 7:00. We were there at 6:00 sharp. No mention of a back-up band on the tickets. The first back-up band that sounded like Hole gone hoarse came on at 7:30 or so and played until about 8:30. We though the Blossoms would come on next, but a second, horrible heavy metal band came out next. My wife then asked an employee of the pub when the Blossoms would be coming on stage. He said between 10:10 and 10:30. My wife had to get up early the next day, so we left at about 9:15 without seeing the Blossoms at all.

We found out from the pub employee that there are always one or two back-up bands at that venue and the main artist doesn't go on until 10:00 to 10:30. If I had known that, I never would have bought the tickets. I love the Gin Blossoms, had never seen them and was so phyched to be seeing them. Very, very disappointing. The tickets should have either mentioned the back-up bands or been accurate as to when the Blossoms would be coming on stage.

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Gin Blossoms rocked the house... These guys still have it and continue touring, making crowds go wild. The music was awesome, a collection of some 90's hits as well as hits from the album No Chocolate Cake, with a few bass guitar solo's inbetween. Lead singer, Robin Wilson, knows how to interact with a crowd by getting them on their feet, hands in the area and passing around tambourines. His vocals take you straight back to the days when you turned on the radio listening to "Hey Jealousy." The fans were crowd surfing and Ronin was not afraid to come off the stage to high five his fans. Their experience touring shows and they appreciate the fans! Robin invited as many fans as could fit into the tour bus to head to the next stop as they were so awesome. The Xfinity Live center in Philadelphia offers an outside summer stage and it was a perfect night, despite a few rain drops at the end. The way the stage was set up gave everyone a great view and listening experience. Plenty of bars to pick up a drink as well. Highly recommend checking out the Gin Blossoms anytime you can for some great music and show!

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This was the first concert I've been to in a few years. The show was AWESOME! The band sounds as amazing as ever, and the energy Robin has is great. He gave a sweet little girl a tambourine and she was thrilled. After he came out for an encore,he sang I Want It That Way acoustically,by himself,and the band returned for three more songs. Robin signed the tambourine and Scott gave her a drumstick. Robin was high fiving and talking to the audience the entire show and even came down into the audience (although sadly not on our side of the theater. )If you have the opportunity to see The Gin Blossoms DEFINATLY go,you will not regret it. My friend and I will DEFINATLY be watching to see whe they perform near us again!

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Gin blossoms are giants, they are on a perpetual tour and they never disappoint. This concert was no different. They very rarely hit Canada and it showed to the crowd who seemed to vaguely recognize their hit songs and even though gin blossoms have been active through the past decade making new and fantastic music the lack of penetration through radio didn't help. On a Tuesday night, the first night of a week long festival, the crowd was sleepy and even the closing band (train) couldn't wake this crowd up. This was saddening because Robin, the lead singer feeds on the crowd. In summary, fantastic performance but I've seen better only because of the crowd didn't reciprocate.

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This show was in the colony tx, and was during a festival saluting our veterans. There was no charge for entry to the festival or the concert, so i wasnt sure what to expect.. We arrived 30 mins. prior to the show, and very few people were there. Now, I started to be concerned about the quality of the show. We set our chairs on the front row and waited for the show.. WOW!!!! Despite it being chilly, windy, and outdoors, the show was awesome!! They played for 1 1/2 hours and had an enormous amount of interaction with the crowd. This was my first time to see them, but we are going to tulsa, ok. next week to see them indoors. GREAT SHOW GUYS!!!

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The Gin Blossoms were fabulous. They played all my favorites and then some. The new lead singer was a contrast to the original, but a good showman. Unfortunately during the performance of their last song Hey Jelousy,the lead singer took to standing on a chair which turned out to be flimsy and he fell through it, which was a surprise, being he looked all of 120 pounds. We were up front and saw the whole incident. Still it was a great show and he wasn't hurt so that was the main thing. It was certainly a memorable show and I would see them again!

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Beyond amazing show at Maryland Live! Center Stage. This was my 4th time seeing Gin Blossoms and they consistently put on a fantastic show, start to finish. The energy level is always high, and Robin (lead singer) is one of the best I’ve seen at keeping an audience engaged. I started dancing my butt off during the first song and didn’t stop until they left the stage after the encore.

If you only know them for one or two songs, GO AND SEE THIS BAND. They will win you over with their whole catalog.

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I saw them about three years ago and the lead singer was miserable as far as his demeanor on stage. It was obvious he didn’t want to be there. This time was a complete turn around. He was jovial and made the audience laugh. The fact that they started out with new material, played all of New Miserable Experience in order, Til I Hear It From You, a cover, and Follow You Down, I feel they played everything I wanted to hear! His voice still sounds just like the albums. Great show!

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We had a great time the band has a lot of energy it was very great! They came on and played Lost Horizons one of my favorites and went on to play all their hits. Robin the lead singer has a way with the crowd where it gets everybody going. Both guitars rocked the house the drummer was hot and the bass player Bill Lean was totally on. I could see that show a hundred times and not get tired of it!!!!!

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Cherry Blossoms in Melbourne: How to see the absolute best!

Cherry blossoms in Melbourne

If you love cherry blossoms like us – you’re in luck! Some of the best cherry blossoms in Australia can be found in our home town Melbourne.

Seeing cherry blossoms is one of the  best day trips from Melbourne. Most are only around an hour out of the city, so you won’t spend the whole day on the road. 

The roads here are well signposted and an easy drive, so you can concentrate on the task ahead – enjoying incredible blossoms! 

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  • Whilst you're in the Yarra Valley
  • Whilst you're in the Dandenongs

Before you visit

Prepare for your road trip, when is the best time to see cherry blossoms in melbourne.

The best cherry blossoms in Melbourne can be found in during spring. That’s September to November in Melbourne.

September is the best month however,  if you are visiting Melbourne in October – don’t despair! There are still places you can enjoy the famous white blossom trees.

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Cherry Hill Orchards blossom festival

The Yarra Valley region is famous for its wine, but come spring its home to some of the best flowers in Melbourne.

The Cherry Hill Orchards blossom festival is one of the most popular Melbourne attractions in spring. It is also the biggest cherry blossom festival in Australia.

How to get to Cherry Hill orchard

The Yarra Valley, Melbourne is just 45 minutes from the CBD. Take the Eastern freeway to Canterbury road. Then wind your way along Monbulk Road to Wandin East. The scenic drive is half the fun.

There is plenty of free parking on site.

When to see the fields of cherry blossoms

Cherry blossom is fleeting. It is also weather dependent. Cherry Hill opens their gates for two weeks sometime in late September / early October. The exact dates are announced.

Pre-register online or follow Cherry Hill on Facebook for exact dates and updates.

In Victoria cherry blossoms are at their best in September, so the festival is usually held towards the mid of the month. 

Wander through the cherry blossom orchards

If you’re looking for sakura flowers in Melbourne, this is the closest you’ll get. Cherry Hill is a working orchard, so there are literally acres of blossom to explore.

The trees come into blossom at different times. This means that the areas with the most beautiful blossoms can be opened to the public whilst the remainder lay in wait.

You’re free to wander along the orchard rows and amongst the trees. Feel free to take photos amongst the blossom or even set up a picnic mid aisle! If you head away from the festival, you may even get a row to yourself!

What else to do at the Cherry Blossom Festival

The festival also hosts food trucks, face painting and masterclasses (such as photography).

The rolling lawn offers the beautiful views that you’d expect from a day trip to the Yarra Valley. There are wooden picnic benches and tables to sit on and lawn games to play. A static vintage tractor is a favourite with the kids!

Enjoy a drink from the bar. The cocktails have a distinct cherry ‘twist’. 

The orchard is easy to navigate on foot or with a pram. It’s a family friendly day out and one of the best things to do in Melbourne with kids.

At times the orchard can have wet grass, so wear sensible shoes.

ADDRESS: 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East VIC 

KEY FACILITIES:

  • Free onsite parking
  • Food vans (during festivals)
  • Music (during festivals)
  • Retail shop
  • Outdoor seating

TICKETS:  Register / Book here

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READ |  Our guide to wine tasting in the Yarra Valley

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The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenongs are Melbourne’s own little section of The Great Dividing Range – the incredible range that also encompasses Sydney’s Blue Mountains.

If Melbournians refer to ‘the hills’ you can be sure they’re talking about the Dandenongs.

There’s good reason why. They’re home to some of the most spectacular bushland and offer incredible views all the way to the bay.

Whilst most visit for the gum trees, come spring, the blossoms at the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden come into their own!

How to get to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden are around 1 hour north west of the Melbourne CBD.

Head out of the city on the Eastern Freeway before winding along the Dandenong tourist road. Allow a little extra time as there are plenty of look outs and nooks to stop along the way.

It’s a windy drive through the hills, so if you’re not a local plan ahead. The roads can be closed in the case of poor weather or fire.

A brief history of the Dandenong Botanic Gardens

The Dandenong Botanic Gardens are known as one of the best Melbourne botanic gardens. 

Established in 1960 by the Australian Rhododendron Society These Melbourne gardens were formerly known as the National Rhododendron gardens.

They have now renamed the Dandenong Ranges Botanic garden , in keeping with the broad range of species on site. The gardens are managed by Parks Victoria and are free to visit.

Enjoy cherry blossom in Melbourne in October

Whilst September is the peak time to enjoy cherry blossom flowers in Australia, a Dandenong ranges day tour is just what you need if you are visiting Melbourne in October. 

The Dandenongs are a cooler climate due to their altitude. This means that these Victorian cherry blossoms often don’t bloom until much later in the Melbourne spring. So, if you’ve missed the best of the Yarra Valley blooms, head up into the Dandenongs instead.

When it comes to Dandenong ranges attractions, the botanic gardens are some of the most beautiful. This is one of the only Melbourne gardens that has a dedicated cherry blossom grove. The cherry blossoms line a beautiful walkway and are underplanted with a range of daffodils.

The blossom is located towards the back of the gardens, so be prepared to walk. The pay off is, this part of the garden isn’t usually busy.

What else to see at the Botanic Gardens

With over 20 hectares of gardens to explore, you’ll want to see more than just the cherry blossom trees! The park boasts around 550 rhododendrons which are in full bloom in August.

Additionally, you’ll want to wander through the ferny groves, past the decorate  lake and explore the sensory gardens.

If you can’t quite make it for cherry blossom season, the gardens have full year colour (and are especially beautiful in Autumn), so it’s a Dandenongs attraction you can visit again and again.

ADDRESS: The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC 

  • Cafe with indoor & outdoor seating
  • BYO picnic / food

ENTRY:  Free entry

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READ | Why not take a journey on the iconic steam  Puffing Billy railway ?

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Stop at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Cloudy cherry blossoms and chocolate? Yes, please! The most delicious stop on a Yarra Valley day tour would have to be the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice creamery .

Located in Yarra Glen, chocolate and ice cream are made on site. You can even see it being made. There’s also a cafe where you can enjoy something more substantial for lunch.

How to get to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Glen is around 1.5 hrs from Melbourne by car. The drive is predominantly freeway and once you’ve in the area it’s hard to miss the signs to the chocolate factory. It’s a huge attraction for the area, so it’s unlikely you’ll be the only car heading that way!

The car park is paved and there are plenty of spaces. It is very busy on a weekend so allow a little extra time to park.

Where to see the blossom at the chocolaterie

Ok, the blossoms at the Yarra Glen Chocolaterie aren’t *technically* cherry blossoms. They’re a mix of ornamental pear, quince, pear and other stone fruit.

But, bear with us because the incredibly views across rolling hills and the sheer number of blossom trees make up for this!

As you enter the carpark, you’ll be met with towering ornamental pears (pictured above). The building itself is perched on a hill and the hillside is covered in blossom trees – you can’t miss them!

The prime hill position offers views of the blossom filled orchards in the valley below.

What else to do at the chocolaterie

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is a working chocolate factory. Peer through the window and watch firsthand as the chocolate is made.  Try a sample, or stock up at the store.

Ice cream is also churned on site. Grab a double cone and enjoy it on the lawn. The lawn area also features outdoor games. It’s now wonder it’s a favourite Melbourne day trip with kids.

WHERE: 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 

OPEN: 7 Days a week 9am-5pm

ENTRY: Free

PLAN: The Chocolaterie is VERY busy on weekends. Visit on a week day if possible.

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Stroll through the incredible Alowyn Gardens

If you love curated gardens, then Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen is for you. There’s acres to explore and you can even come home with a few plants from their nursery.

Most famous for their wisteria lined walk ways (they draw thousands) – Alowyn Gardens also boast their own blossom display. Their extensive plantings and range of species mean that the  gardens are one of the best places to visit in Melbourne during spring.

How to get to Alowyn Gardens

Alowyn Gardens are also in Yarra Glen, just a 5 minute drive from the Chocolaterie. Combine the two or add them on to a longer Dandenong ranges day tour.

Where to see the blossoms at Alowyn Gardens

Whilst you can’t see sakura blossoms in Melbourne, you can see blossoms. Head through the wisteria lined archways through to the French Garden.

To your right you will see a walkway beautifully planted with crab apple trees. In spring the pink blossoms form a beautiful archway and the perfect backdrop for some photos!

In addition to this planting, you’ll find a range of ornamentals with blossoms planted throughout the gardens. The gardens are beautifully manicured and cared for, making them one of the prettiest gardens around Melbourne.

What else to see at Alowyn Gardens

Make sure to grab a map before you enter the gardens. There are 8 distinct areas to visit, each with their own style.

If you’re hungry, the cafe serves food, drinks and coffee. There is also a nursery onsite so you can also take a few plants home.

At the end of October, when the Melbourne cherry blossom season is ending make sure you visit for the incredible wisteria archway. Weather depending, the wisteria usually flowers for 4 weeks from the end of October. It’s a Melbourne top attraction in later spring. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Melbourne in late spring, so set out on this one day trip from Melbourne early and beat the crowds.

BOOK |   Accommodation in Melbourne and day trip to see the blossoms

WHERE: 1210 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 

OPEN: 7 Days a week 10am-5pm

ENTRY:  

  • Adults – $12
  • Concession – $10
  • Children under 13 – Free

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Take a scenic drive through the Yarra Valley

A road trip through the Yarra Valley is an excellent way to spot cherry blossoms. Best of all you can combine your love of blossoms with some of the best wine and food in the state.

How to get to the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is the region surrounding the Yarra Valley, north west of Melbourne. Spanning out from Lilydale, well known towns include Healesville, Yarra Glen and Warburton.

Where to see the best blossoms in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley region is predominantly agricultural. It’s main produce being wine and fruit. 

Yarra valley gardens are a hotspot of beautiful blossoms. Whilst most are not open the public, they are easily viewed from the road.

Take the Eastern freeway from Melbourne and then venture on to the Warburton highway towards Seville. 

The stone fruit orchards of Wandin can easily be seen from the road and make for spectacular viewing.

What to do whilst you’re in the Yarra Valley

You can’t drive to the Yarra Valley without stopping for something to eat! In Yarra Glen the Chocolaterie chocolate factory is heaven for chocolate lovers. 

Moet and Chandon is perfect for those who love sparkling white wine.Take a wine tour if you’d like to try a few different vineyards without the constraint of driving.

The Gladysdale bakery is a local secret near Yarra Junction and the Innocent Bystander is a Healesville Icon. 

Take the time to enjoy the Melbourne scenery along the way. A drive through the Yarra Valley is one of the best short trips from Melbourne.

WHERE: You’ll want to focus on the Wandin and Seville for stone fruit growing.

THE DRIVE : Roads are paved but can be windy in this area. Obey speed limits and take corners with caution.

READ |   What you need to know about driving in Australia

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See the best blossoms in Australia

There are a multitude of beautiful gardens in Melbourne and dedicated festival where you can enjoy cherry blossom trees in Australia. A day trip to see the blossoms is one of the best trips from Melbourne for families as the gardens offer plenty of opportunity for games and exploration.

The cherry blossom viewing experiences are also one of the most popular things to do in Melbourne with kids as the gardens are within one hour from Melbourne. Additionally, they’re extremely photogenic, so it’s an awesome opportunity to take beautiful family photos. They’re also the best day trips from Melbourne if you love a selfie!

Whilst the peak Melbourne blossom season is September, the weather and altitude means that you can enjoy blossoms in Melbourne from late August to mid October. So visit the best botanical gardens in Melbourne, pack the family into the car and head out to enjoy the spring tradition of the cherry blossom.

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Cherry Blossom Discovery: Luxury Pacific & Japan Voyage from Sydney

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  • Ship Queen Elizabeth
  • Duration 22 NIGHTS
  • Departure 10 March 2024
  • Cruise type Cruise & Stay
  • Cruise code CRU2566

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Discover the West Pacific Ocean’s exotic treasures on a spellbinding Cunard cruise, concluding with a hotel stay in scintillating Tokyo.

Your unforgettable holiday begins in Sydney, where you’ll embark Cunard’s regal Queen Elizabeth – one of the finest cruise liners sailing the seas – for a spellbinding cruise of the West Pacific to Japan’s electric capital. Enveloped in timeless maritime heritage, highlights of your voyage include Yorkey’s Knob, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef; Rabaul, the largest of Papua New Guinea’s breathtaking offshore islands; and calls to Nagasaki and Miyazaki, both of which will gift you your first glimpses of Japan’s revered cherry blossom blooms.

Disembarking in Tokyo, your wonderful cruise concludes with an exciting three-night hotel stay. Discover futuristic skyscrapers, ancient temples, and serene gardens, explore dynamic neighbourhoods, and seek out historic sites like Senso-ji Temple and the Imperial Palace.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

18 night full-board cruise on board the Queen Elizabeth

3 night five-star stay in Tokyo at the Hotel New Otani

Your Voyage

Your itinerary.

Embark the regal Queen Elizabeth, one of the finest cruise liners sailing the five oceans and a ship that offers the finer things in life. Partake in ballroom-dancing, lawn bowls and Afternoon Tea in the Garden Lounge.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth

Discover the tropical paradise of Yorkeys Knob, Cairns, Queensland. With pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and endless adventures, let its charm and natural beauty rejuvenate your spirit and create unforgettable memories.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Embark on a journey to Alotau, Papua New Guinea’s hidden gem. Immerse yourself in its rich cultural tapestry, pristine beaches, and vibrant markets. Let Alotau’s warmth and authenticity captivate your heart and create lifelong memories.

Discover Rabaul’s captivating allure: a town within a volcanic caldera. Witness active sub-vents, fuming Tavurvur, and a Volcano Observatory. Immerse in a history museum showcasing diverse heritage. Experience Rabaul’s extraordinary essence.

Uncover the hidden gem of Guam, where pristine beaches meet lush jungles. Dive into crystal-clear waters, explore ancient Chamorro culture, and bask in the island’s warm hospitality. A tropical paradise awaits your discovery.

Embark on a cultural odyssey in Nagasaki, Japan. Delve into history at the Peace Park, relish local delicacies, and absorb the serenity of its surroundings. Nagasaki promises a profound and enriching experience.

Discover Miyazaki, Japan’s captivating gem. Immerse yourself in golden beaches, verdant forests, and sacred shrines. Let the enchanting landscapes of Miyazaki ignite your wanderlust and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Today, you’ll disembark Queen Elizabeth in Tokyo. During your three-night hotel stay, you’ll have plenty of time to discover this one-of-a-kind megacity, where ultra-modern technology, neon-lit streets and futuristic skyscrapers blend with ancient shrines and traditional tea houses.

Overnight: Hotel New Otani

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Queen Elizabeth

When Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conducted the naming ceremony in her own honour in October 2010, she continued a marvellously regal formal cruising tradition. Cunard has maintained all the refined styling, amenities and service associated with the Golden Era of cruise sailing and added modern facilities, leisure, and entertainment opportunities.

Stunning accommodation and the most exceptional fine dining you’ll ever experience at sea are highlights of the glorious Cunard Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. You could dance the night away in the Queens Room at a themed ball, enjoy Afternoon Tea served by white-gloved waiters, or watch a polished production in the Royal Court Theatre. You’ll have three main gourmet restaurants to choose from, promising gastronomic delights to suit all tastes. And with spacious accommodation and two lovely pool areas, along with the Mareel® Wellness & Beauty sanctuary, you’ll enjoy a comfortable and relaxing cruise.

  • Occupancy 2081
  • Tonnage 90,900 tons
  • Length 965 ft (294.00 m)

Life on board Queen Elizabeth

Enjoy Cunard Queen Elizabeth’s spectacular heritage, sense of occasion and huge array of activities, including ballroom-dancing, lawn bowls and Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room.

From classic British and French in the Britannia and Grills restaurants to the best steak onboard at The Verandah, plus a range of international cuisines at The Lido, there’s something to suit every taste.

  • Britannia Restaurant
  • Steakhouse at The Verandah*
  • The Golden Lion*
  • Dinner at the Lido*
  • Al Fresco Dining*
  • Café Carinthia*
  • Britannia Club Restaurant^
  • Queens Grill+
  • Princess Grill**

Bars & Lounges*

  • Commodore Club
  • Garden Lounge
  • Gin & Fizz
  • The Golden Lion
  • Queens Room

*Available at an additional cost

^Included when staying in a Britannia Club Balcony stateroom

+Included when staying in a Queens Grill Suite

** Included when staying in a Princess Grill Suite

Browse the art gallery and luxury boutiques, try your hand at croquet and fencing or take part in fitness classes or deck games. Alternatively, relax by the Pavilion Pool or in Mareel® Wellness & Beauty.

  • Open-air pool
  • Fully-equipped gym
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea
  • Gala Evenings
  • Film screenings
  • Planetarium shows
  • Deck and board games
  • Sports facilities
  • Dance classes

entertainment

There’s never a dull moment with West End-style productions at the Royal Court Theatre, and a full live music programme, plus ballroom dancing in the Queens Room.

  • G32 Nightclub
  • Empire Casino
  • Illuminations
  • Royal Court Theatre

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Cabins & suites.

Cunard boasts some of the most spacious staterooms at sea, and each one comes with a myriad of services, features, and amenities for you to enjoy.

inside Prices from Sold Out

Cunard Queen Elizabeth’s well-appointed inside staterooms offer a haven of comfort and style for you to enjoy during your voyage. You’ll find thoughtful features and luxurious amenities throughout to ensure that extra special touch.

  • A half bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • 24-hour room service
  • Nightly turndown service, including a chocolate on your pillow
  • Satellite TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • An invigorating shower and complimentary Penhaligon’s toiletries
  • Bathrobe and slippers

Oceanview Prices from Sold Out

Beautifully positioned to offer spectacular sea views, Cunard’s Oceanview staterooms provide a private escape from which to enjoy the sights of the horizon. The perfectly framed views are the ideal backdrop to your luxurious surroundings.

balcony Prices from $5,999 pp

Escape to your own private outdoor space in one of Cunard’s obstructed view Balcony staterooms, where you can sit back and feel the crisp sea air on your skin. Complete with fabulous features and thoughtful amenities, you’ll be sure to be well looked after.

Grill Suite Prices from $9,999 pp

Delight in breathtaking sea views that can be enjoyed from both inside and outside your Grill Suite. A voyage with a Grill Suite reservation will offer a whole new level of indulgence with the extra special touches of fine-dining experiences, and exclusive access to the Grills Lounge and Terrace

  • Complimentary room service
  • Satellite TV, illy coffee machine and world atlas
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13 Day Cherry Blossoms Of Japan

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Moderate Pace

Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

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✓ Limited Time Offer - Add return international airfares from only $1399 ✓ Incredible sightseeing as per the itinerary, including the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms) in beautiful destinations like Tokyo’s Ueno Park, Kyoto’s Heian Jingu Shrine and Lake Kawaguchiko with the backdrop of iconic Mount Fuji ✓ All coach, rail and ferry transportation, including the iconic Japanese bullet train ✓ 12 nights in comfortable, 3 & 4-star accommodation ✓ Breakfast daily and 1 dinner ✓ Ride the renowned Japanese bullet train ✓ Comfortable, dedicated private transportation throughout ✓ Fully escorted by professional, English-speaking guide

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Day 1 Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Today begins your magnificent tour through Japan! Please make your own way to the starting point hotel.

Take the evening to relax after your flight and prepare for your first full day of touring tomorrow.

Arrival & check in:

Haneda International Airport (HND). The easiest and most convenient way to travel from Haneda International Airport (HND) to Tokyo Central is by train or by Monorail. The airport is also serviced by many 'Limousine Bus' services which offer shared shuttle bus service from around 1300Yen per person.

Narita International Airport. The best way to travel from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Central is by the Narita Airport Express. The journey to most Tokyo stations take approximately 1hr and the ticket costs 4070 Yen. The airport is also serviced by many 'Limousine Bus' services which offer shared shuttle busses from around 1300Yen per person.

Day 2 Tokyo

This is arguably one of the most extraordinary capital cities on the planet. The Tokyo metropolitan area spreads over three prefectures with 38 million residents.

In spring, local and international tourists alike flock to Japan to see the renowned cherry trees bloom and join in the sakura (cherry blossom) festivities. Even for a city so densely populated, Tokyo has a lot of parks and green spaces, making it perfect for sakura viewing.

Enjoy a full day tour of the city’s highlights. We’ll start with a visit to the Tsukiji Outer Market, a shopping district adjacent to the enormous former wholesale fish market. It’s a dream for foodies. This lively area is home to everything food-related – fresh ingredients, street food vendors, kitchen utensils. You’ll find great sushi and other restaurants around here, too.

We’ll see a beautiful public park that has served many purposes over the centuries. It was originally built as a feudal lord’s Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo period, but later served as a strolling garden and an imperial detached palace, before eventually being opened to the public in its current form.

Depending on the season's timing, your guide will carefully choose another viewing spot around Tokyo for you to enjoy these lush pink blooms and the joy of sakura.

Day 3 Tokyo

Enjoy the serenity of Ueno Park, the city’s largest green space and home to numerous temples and museums. There’s even a zoo here. More than 800 cherry blossom trees line the wide central path. The first cherry trees were planted here by legendary shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, whose reign began the Edo Period (1603-1868). It’s said to be one of the oldest hanami (a cherry blossom viewing party) places in the city and it’s certainly a popular spot, so be prepared for crowds. The trees here typically bloom a little bit earlier. At night it’s especially magical when this space is lit up.

The annual blooming of sakura is a sacred occurrence that has been celebrated for over 1,000 years. Cherry blossom season is widely fêted all over the country. Hanami, usually with a picnic, is a chance to celebrate the arrival of spring and the transient, fleeting beauty of sakura.

You’ll have some free time for lunch and a wander among the blossoms.

In the heart of the quirky Harajuku district, we’ll stop at Yoyogi Park. It’s a popular gathering place year-round and in spring, with around 600 cherry trees, it’s another lively spot for hanami parties. We’ll then visit nearby Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu), located within a 170-acre forest in the centre of Tokyo. Constructed of cypress wood and copper, the shrine commemorates Emperor Meiji, who presided over Japan’s industrial revolution in the second half of the 19th century. This calm, peaceful escape is beautiful in cherry blossom season.

Day 4 Tokyo Kawaguchiko

We’ll head to Kawaguchiko today, about a two hour drive. Lake Kawaguchiko is the most accessible of the Fuji Five lakes; popular sightseeing spots each offering an astonishing view of dramatic, iconic Mount Fuji. Sakura season aside, this is a great place to get back to nature.

Here we’ll visit Mt Fuji 5th station to hopefully view the divine mountain before visiting Oishi Park on the north side of the lake. Seeing the cherry blossoms with Japan’s most famous mountain in the background really is an experience. There are about 300 cherry trees on the northern shore, stretching for about a kilometre.

You’ll see the lakeside trail along the eastern shore of the lake that boasts many weeping cherry trees. There will be time for lunch.

This lake is also home to a cherry blossom festival held during the season, one of the most popular in the country.

Day 5 Kawaguchiko Takayama

We’ll drive to the traditional city of Takayama today, still home to many Edo-period buildings.

We’ll visit Matsumoto Castle, also known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its dramatic black exterior. The donjon (keep) – Japan’s oldest remaining wooden keep, completed around 1593 – is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. This historic site is particularly lovely when hundreds of cherry blossom trees surrounding the castle are in bloom.

For a taste of authentic, old Japan, we’ll enjoy a tour of Takayama old town, nestled in the Hida mountains. This city still retains a traditional feel, especially in its beautifully preserved old town (Sanmachi Suji). Here you’ll find quaint, old latticed wooden buildings and Sannomachi Street, with pretty homes, restaurants and sake breweries. We’ll see the Takayama Jin’ya, the former government headquarters under the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1692-1871.

Afterwards we will continue to our traditional onsen hotel deep in the stunning Japanese alps.

Day 6 Takayama Shirakawago Kyoto

Today travel to Shirakawa-gō Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has more than 100 'Gassho-style' houses, which feature steeply-pitched roofs. Built many hundreds of years ago, these historic houses stand together in a beautiful natural setting. Enjoy exploring this unique village with its thatched-roof houses sitting among gorgeous mountain scenery. Following this we will transfer to Kyoto where the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this UNESCO delight.

Day 7 Kyoto

In north-eastern Kyoto, we’ll walk along the Philosopher’s Path, running alongside the Lake Biwa Canal. It’s perfect for a slow stroll under the fragrant blossoms.

Heian Jingu Shrine is a relatively young sacred location – built in 1895 – but this Shinto shrine is very impressive, with its enormous torii (sacred gate) standing almost 25 metres high. The garden behind the main hall – a shining example of Meiji-era garden design – is home to several weeping cherry trees.

Visit Kinkaku-ji Temple, otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion. This is a Zen temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold. The site is set within a beautiful classical Zen garden. The detailed architecture of Kinkaku-ji incorporates three distinct architectural styles – Shinden, Samurai, and Zen.

Day 8 Kyoto

Today is a full free day to spend in Kyoto. This golden city was once the capital of Japan and sits on the island of Honshū. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. In the city's famous Gion district, Geisha can often be seen strolling through the streets.

Day 9 Kyoto Nara Osaka

This morning, we travel the short distance to Nara. Visit Tōdai-ji (Great Eastern Temple), famed for its Great Buddha Hall, which remains one of the largest wooden buildings in the world. This impressive building houses a 15m-tall bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Following this we'll wander through gorgeous Nara Park, where more than 1200 tame sika deer roam freely.

Following our tour we'll depart Nara and head to Osaka, a vibrant tourist destination renowned for its food culture.

Day 10 Osaka Himeji Hiroshima

Today your main luggage will remain at the hotel in Osaka to meet you upon your return in two days time. Please ensure you have an overnight bag packed for your two evenings in Hiroshima.

After breakfast we'll depart Osaka to visit the so-called 'White Heron Castle', Himeji – it's the largest surviving example of a traditional Japanese castle. Comprising 83 buildings, the white roof of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed complex is said to evoke the wings of a heron taking flight, hence the popular name Shirasagi-jō (White Heron Castle). This is the most visited castle in Japan and the site offers some wonderful views of surrounding Himeji city.

From here we'll continue on to Kurashiki, a city on Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, where we'll tour the Bikan Historical Quarter, known for its centuries-old buildings and lovely local shops. After our visit here we'll transfer to our hotel in Hiroshima.

Day 11 Hiroshima Miyajima Island Hiroshima

After breakfast this morning our guide will meet us in the hotel lobby. Together we'll board a ferry for the short trip to Miyajima, an island known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, there's a 'floating' torii, which becomes partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th century. Nearby, the Museum of History and Folklore has cultural artifacts in a 19th-century merchant's home. We’ll take a walk along Omotesando Shopping Street where you can grab some lunch before returning to Hiroshima by ferry.

Once we're back in Hiroshima we'll visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, otherwise known as the Genbaku Dome, or the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. A shell of a building that was one of very few left standing after the United States bombed Hiroshima in 1945. In Hiroshima today, locals have mixed feelings about the UNESCO World Heritage-listed structure: some see it as a reminder of war, while others consider it a tribute to the lost that ensures we'll never forget the tragic events that took place here.

Later, we'll visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which contains many poignant, yet important, exhibits. The flame in the cenotaph is intended to burn until the last nuclear weapon has been destroyed.

Day 12 Hiroshima Osaka

This morning we'll depart Hiroshima via the bullet train to Shin-Osaka Station. Upon arrival in Osaka we'll begin a full-day coach tour with our guide, beginning at Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period in the 16th century.

Later, we'll tour Kuromon Ichiba, one of the city's main food markets. This spacious covered market features vendors peddling street food, fresh produce, shellfish and trinkets and souvenirs.

After a short break for lunch our tour continues to the Minami area in the city’s south – a district that's bursting with boutiques, designers outlets, restaurants and bars.

We’ll also enjoy a walking tour of the Dōtonbori area. One of Osaka's most popular tourist destinations, this street runs parallel to the Dōtonbori canal and is a hugely popular destination for shopping, street food, bars and entertainment. At night the streets here are illuminated by hundreds of colourful neon lights and mechanised signs, including the famous running Glico Man sign and the Kani Doraku crab sign.

This evening we’ll enjoy dinner as a group at a local restaurant.

Day 13 Osaka

Enjoy one last delicious breakfast this morning, before your Japanese adventure comes to an end. 

Departure & check out:

There are several ways to travel from your hotel to either Osaka International Airport (ITM) or Kansai International Airport (KIX), from shuttle buses to trains and taxis. Transport to the airports can cost between 250 Yen to 21,000 Yen depending on the form of transport you choose. Your Tour Leader will be able to assist you arrange the most convenient way to the airport on the last day of the trip.

Standard hotel check-out is from 10am-12pm. You are welcome to leave your luggage at hotel reception and spend your final moments of free time exploring the area or alternatively please speak with hotel staff if you would like to extend your check-out time. Please note this service is subject to availability and will likely come at an additional cost. 

What's Included

  • All coach, rail and ferry transportation, including the iconic Japanese bullet train
  • 12 nights in comfortable, 3 and 4-star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 1 dinner
  • Ride the renowned Japanese bullet train
  • Comfortable, dedicated private transportation throughout
  • Fully escorted by professional, English-speaking guide
  • Incredible sightseeing as per the itinerary, including the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms) in beautiful destinations like Tokyo’s Ueno Park, Kyoto’s Heian Jingu Shrine and Lake Kawaguchiko with the backdrop of iconic Mount Fuji

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Tokyo – Enjoy sakura festivities and the art of hanami in this extraordinary city’s remarkable green spaces
  • Kawaguchiko – Take in the natural beauty of this lake with astounding views of iconic Mount Fuji
  • Takayama – Experience the timeless charm of this quaint, traditional city with a walk through its beautifully-preserved old town
  • Kyoto – Experience sakura in Japan’s spiritual heart as you stroll the Philosopher’s Path under an umbrella of fragrant cherry blossoms
  • Nara – See the country’s largest Buddha statue and the famous Nara deer park
  • Hiroshima – Ride the iconic Japanese bullet train between Osaka and Hiroshima
  • Hiroshima – Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to understand the tragedies of Japan’s not so distant past
  • Miyajima - See the 12th-century Itsukushima Shrine and famous floating torii gate
  • Osaka – Enjoy free time in this vibrant city renowned for its food culture

Payment Terms

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options. Instalment Schedule:

  • At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  • Pay a 1st installment of $1,880.00 per person within 28 days.
  • Pay a 2nd installment of $960.00 per person within 90 days.
  • You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Flight Information

Please refer to conditions below, which are agreed to at time of purchase. 

Can I extend my stay pre- and/or post-tour?

This depends on the package you are booking. 

Where available, extensions must be added at time of purchase and cannot be added post-purchase unless inside the 7-day cooling off period.

We can assist in arranging your airfares to accommodate an extension; however, you must also book the additional nights’ accommodation through us at time of booking (where available as an add-on):

  • At check-out, please ensure you add the numbers of extra nights you would like pre- and/or post-tour (where available as an add-on). This can only be done at time of booking and cannot be added after purchase.
  • Some packages may only offer the opportunity to book one (1) extra night pre and/or post. If you want more nights’ than what is available to book you must choose Land Only (refer below).
  • If there is no option to add additional nights’ accommodation to your booking, then extending your stay with Inspiring Vacations is not an option and you can instead choose to change your booking to Land Only so you can arrange both your airfares and additional accommodation independently. 

When adding additional nights to your booking, the cost of the extra nights’ accommodation will be reflected on your invoice and payable with the final balance. 

Airfare surcharges may apply if extending due to airfare seasonal changes and possible fare differences. These are payable at the time of selecting your desired airfare. 

The second installment of your booking must be made before airfares can be booked. 

Outside of extending your stay you must select Land Only if:

  • You would like to stopover
  • You would like to upgrade your cabin class
  • You would like a specific airline booked 
  • You would like to extend longer than what is available within the package 
  • You intend to book additional accommodation independently
  • You would like to arrive and/or depart from another city or airport or; 
  • Your preferred domestic departure city point (ie Perth, Australia) is not an option 

If you are interested in one of the above options, please select LAND ONLY at time of check-out and you will need to arrange your own airfares. Inspiring Vacations will not be accountable for flight delays or missed tour components due to late arrival or airline changes.

How to book my flights through the flight portal:

As the travel industry moves towards providing customers with more self-service options, we are excited that our customers will have the opportunity to book their flights through our flight portal. If this option is available to you, you will be notified once flights are available to book for your selected departure date. Flights may be booked by Inspiring Vacations at any time.

Please visit our FAQ for more information .

Conditions of flights for this package bookable by Inspiring Vacations:

  • Flight Offer valid from select departure cities within the purchase path only
  • Flights will be booked with the best available airline/s with luggage included. Low-cost carriers may be booked in conjunction with a full-service airline. Depending on the carrier, entertainment and meals may not be included but payable at an extra cost on-board. We cannot specify or guarantee the airline booked. If you would like a specific airline, please select land only. 
  • Flights may not be direct and may include multiple connections
  • Due to disrupted airline schedules globally with the pandemic, stopovers/transit times may be longer than usual (up to 12 hours in duration in some circumstances).
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable; any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees. 
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required at the time of submitting your traveller booking form. Any error in the names submitted will be subject to fees to amend with the airline or the ticket may be non-refundable with the purchase of a new ticket required. 
  • Depending on departure date and time of booking, the required booking class for airfare offer may be too far in advance to book with the appropriate airline.
  • If the required booking class is unavailable at time of booking, surcharges may apply. Total cost is final only at time of ticketing. Once issued, air tickets are subject to amendment and cancellation fees or may be non-refundable
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control and it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure they are familiar with the most up to date airline schedule prior to departure
  • After booking, the price payable may be subject to change as a result of factors beyond the control of Inspiring Vacations. Inspiring Vacations reserves the right to increase the price payable and this will be reflected on the customer's invoice. Increases may be in relation to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, airline taxes, airfare increases and fuel surcharges.
  • Internal airfares (where applicable and included in the itinerary) will be using a local carrier and may include low-cost carriers without meals or entertainment. Checked baggage will still be included for each passenger. Any additional baggage required is payable at time of check-in. 
  • If you are travelling with another party on a separate booking, we cannot guarantee that the same flights will be booked for all parties, as this strictly depends on availability. 
  • All tickets will include 20 kilos checked baggage per person, along with 7 kilos of hand luggage to restrictions with internal flights (where applicable), as well as coach and train transportation.
  • You will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters are not included. If travelling over the recommended amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable directly.

Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points

Inspiring Vacations do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some airlines do not allow pre-selected seats or they may charge a fee to do so. We strongly suggest you contact the airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the airline once you have your flight information.

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while travelling.

Important Information

Fitness Requirements While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a “3”.

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

You may also consider tipping your tour leader and driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Accommodation The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however any changes are beyond our control.

Twin Share Bedding Configuration At any time, bedding configuration is subject to confirmation by the hotel and based on availability. While you have the option to select either twin or double bedding at time of booking, our recommendation when travelling to Japan is to choose twin bedding, as the rooms are often bigger than those that have a double bed. If insisting on double bedding, please note that the rooms will be smaller and more narrow. As a general expectation, we cannot always guarantee bedding at all hotel stays.

Single Supplement Single supplement is $1,579.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price. Please note when choosing Single Supplement for this deal that you will receive a single room, which is smaller in size than a twin/double room. Unfortunately this is typical for Japan, as the cost to solely occupy a double/twin size room is incredibly high. We appreciate your understanding

Triple Share Not available.

Travel Insurance Travel insurance is required to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover simply by clicking HERE to arrange your policy.

Visa & Passport information It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://smartraveller.gov.au for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size 20-40 people

Children Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Cherry Blossoms Please note: cherry blossoms are weather dependent and it is not guaranteed that they will be in bloom at the time of your arrival.  

What Climate to Expect

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Gin Blossoms Cancel First Ever Australian Tour

By Mike Hohnen

Despite announcing that they would be performing Australian stages for the first time ever , Lords of the 90’s airwaves Gin Blossoms have announced that the tour will be no more.

Word came through from KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment , who stated via their website that “due to unforeseen logistical issues” the Arizona-based outfit will not be making the trip down. It’s a situation that we are surely starting to get used to after a year of high profile cancellations.

The band were planning on hitting Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth – bringing with them the massive nostalgic hits such as Hey Jealousy and Found Out About You.

Both the band and the promoters have apologised for the cancellation. Tickets will all be totally refundable from the point of purchase, which is always good.

So far there is no news on when/if the tour will be re-scheduled.

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 It is the start of spring in Australia which means the start of beautiful cherry blossom season, and while it may not be as renowned or spectacular as Japan’s Hanami (flower viewing) festival, there are some great places downunder to see these beautiful blooms in all their glory.

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Cherry blossom trees thrive in cold climate and mountain areas of Australia which typically mean the southern states of Victoria , Adelaide and New South Wales. Cherry blossoms only display their beautiful blooms once a year for a fleeting moment (a few short weeks) usually in September. Here are some of our favourite spots to see these stunning flowers.

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The scenic region of the Blue Mountains, about a 55 minute drive from Sydney, is a great place to view cherry blossoms. Blossoms line the main streets of the villages of both Leura and Katoomba, putting on a stunning display in spring. The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens are another great spot to view the blooming flowers – take a picnic and make a day of it.

The Japanese Garden at the Auburn Botanic Gardens is at its most spectacular during the annual Cherry Blossom festival between mid-August and mid-September. The gardens are open from 9am to 5pm each day.

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens in Olinda have cherry blossoms in abundance as well as thousands and thousands of rhododendrons , azaleas, daffodils and camellias making it a perfect place to spend a sunny spring afternoon.

The beautiful open gardens of Mount Macedon, such as Forest Glade and Tieve Tara are awash with colour in spring and are the perfect climate for growing these trees. Cherry blossoms can also be seen in the nearby towns of Woodend, Kyneton and Daylesford , typically in private front yards or lining back streets, making it lovely to just wander around the pretty towns enjoying the display of pink and white blooms.

CherryHill Orchard in the beautiful Yarra Valley, holds a Blossom Festival each spring. This year it is on from 26 September to 6 October, where there will be live music, cherry- based drinks and food trucks (with famous cherry ice-cream!), making it a great day out.

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KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment are proud to present platinum selling, US pop rockers Gin Blossoms on their first ever Australian tour. Fuelled by mega-hits including Hey Jealousy, Found Out About You and from the Empire Records movie soundtrack Til I Hear It From You, Tempe Arizona quintet Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers in the 1990's. Most recently featuring on the massive Summerland Tour in the US with the likes of Everclear, Sugar Ray, LIT and Marcy Playground, Gin Blossoms will rock Australian audiences live for the very first time in 2013. After their inception in 1987 Gin Blossom's hometown following in Tempe, Arizona grew quickly as the band earned a deserved reputation as a killer live act. Readers of the Phoenix New Times chose them as the city's best rock band qualifying them to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March, 1989. Later that year, College Music Journal d...

Press Release : KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment are proud to present platinum selling, US pop rockers Gin Blossoms on their first ever Australian tour. Fuelled by mega-hits including Hey Jealousy , Found Out About You and from the Empire Records movie soundtrack Til I Hear It From You , Tempe Arizona quintet Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers in the 1990's. Most recently featuring on the massive Summerland Tour in the US with the likes of Everclear , Sugar Ray , LIT and Marcy Playground , Gin Blossoms will rock Australian audiences live for the very first time in 2013. After their inception in 1987 Gin Blossom 's hometown following in Tempe, Arizona grew quickly as the band earned a deserved reputation as a killer live act. Readers of the Phoenix New Times chose them as the city's best rock band qualifying them to play at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March, 1989. Later that year, College Music Journal dubbed them the "Best Unsigned Band in America" and invited them to play MTV's New Music Awards in New York City. Major label interest quickly followed, their initial releases on A&M Records included Up and Crumbling in 1991 and the multi-platinum selling New Miserable Experience in 1992 featuring the single, Hey Jealousy which peaked at #25 on Billboard Hot 100. Four more singles followed Mrs. Rita , Found Out About You , Allison Road and Until I Fall Away . With NME having sold nearly 3 million copies in the US alone, the Gin Blossoms became a band to be reckoned with. In 1995 the band founded further widespread acclaim with the single Til I Hear It From You which was included on the soundtrack to the classic coming-of-age film Empire Records . Shooting into the number 11 spot on the Billboard Hottest 100, Billboard Magazine called the single "the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory," and commented on its "breezy and wonderfully infectious melody, the boy-needs-girl lyrics, and the earnest execution." Congratulations I'm Sorry , which was released in 1996, was the Blossom 's final original album of the decade bringing them two more hits … Follow You Down which spent ten weeks in the Top Ten and As Long As It Matters which earned the group a Grammy nomination for "Best Performance by a Duo or Group." The album debuted in Billboard's Top Ten and a year of touring helped put the record past 1,500,000 units sold. The group then took a lengthy hiatus before embarking on an eighty-date US tour in 2002. “We have not stopped touring 100 shows a year since December of 2001. Playing live gives us the most pleasure, this much we all agree” says Robin Wilson . 2006 saw the release of Major Lodge Victory which captured two more top 40 singles Learning The Hard Way and Long Time Gone . Billboard called the album “an effortless triumph of melodic perfection.” Their most recent album, 2010 No Chocolate Cake , again landed Gin ’s back on the singles chart with Miss Disarray and the album charted to # 1 on Amazon. Now in Summer 2013 Gin Blossoms will bringing their perfect pop to fans in Australia for the very first time for what is sure to be a run of memorable shows in Melbourne, Brisbane Sydney and Perth. Tickets are on sale Friday October 26. Thursday February 7 - The Hi-Fi, Melbourne - 18 Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au and www.thehifi.com.au Friday February 8 - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane - 18 Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au and www.thehifi.com.au Saturday February 9 - The Hi-Fi, Sydney - 18 Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au and www.thehifi.com.au Sunday February 10 - Capitol, Perth - 18 Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au and www.heatseeker.com.au

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‘Japan & the Cherry Blossoms’ is a remarkable 16-day journey to the iconic cities, heritage sites, mountains and lakes of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, when the landscape is bathed in the pink hue of the springtime cherry blossoms.

Though undoubtedly a visual feast, this tour is much more than just a ramble through the candy floss canvas of central Honshu. The tour begins in Tokyo with a three-night stay in the dazzling capital before moving on to Takayama, nestled at the foot of the Hida mountain range. Here we explore the small atmospheric towns and villages that were isolated from the rest of Japan for hundreds of years, and tell the story of the country’s ancient past. In this beautiful mountainous region the landscape is dotted with shrines and temples, and cherry blossom trees adorn the river banks. We then move south for a three-night stay in the ancient capital of Kyoto which boasts more than a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites and is home to Japan’s largest population of geisha. Continuing south-west via the great ‘White Heron’ castle of Himeji, we arrive in the sobering city of Hiroshima, where the cataclysmic events of 6 August 1945 etched the city’s name permanently in the history books. Yet through the sadness, our exploration of Hiroshima focuses on the amazing resurgence and resilience of the city and its inhabitants. Finally we take a bullet train to Mt Fuji for an overnight stay beside the sparkling lakes lying in the shadow of the iconic mountain. This tour is a fascinating exploration of the history and culture of Japan set against the beautiful backdrop of pink and white cherry blossoms.

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  • Three-night stay in Tokyo
  • Stroll through Tokyo’s Asakusa district and the neon shopping streets of Ginza
  • Cruise on the Sumida River to Odaiba
  • Two-night stay in the ancient town of Takayama at the foot of the Hida Mountains
  • Explore Japan’s hidden gem of Shirakawa-go
  • Stroll through the cherry blossom capital, Kanazawa
  • Visit beautiful Kenrokuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan
  • Three-night stay in Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto
  • See the extraordinary Zen temple, Kinkakuji – the ‘Golden Pavilion’
  • Explore Nijo Castle and its beautiful grounds
  • Stroll through beautiful Nara Park, famous for its 1,200 free-roaming deer
  • See the amazing ‘White Heron’ castle of Himeji
  • Visit to the Peace Park in Hiroshima
  • See the UNESCO A-Bomb Dome, the last building left standing after 6  August 1945
  • Visit to the ‘Island of the Gods’, Miyajima, for fantastic views of Hiroshima’s skyline from the top of Mt Misen
  • Overnight stay at the sparkling lakes in the shadow of the sacred mountain, Fuji
  • Enjoy the exhilaration of travel on Japan’s famous bullet trains
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22/03/2024 Australia – Singapore

Check-in at your chosen Australian airport for the flight to Singapore.

23/03/2024 Singapore – Tokyo (D)

Depart singapore sq 632, 08.05, arrive tokyo haneda 15.35.

After completing customs and immigration formalities at Tokyo transfer to your hotel.

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24/03/2024 tokyo (bld).

Visiting Japan’s capital for the first time is a fascinating experience. Very different from Western cities and with an expanding population of more than 12 million within 1300 sq kms, Tokyo is Japan’s largest and most densely populated city. Always safe, Tokyo is perhaps the only city in the world that could make New York look like a sleepy town! Today we spend the whole day exploring this exciting metropolis including the Tsukiji Market which is one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling more than 2,000 tons of marine products per day. We enjoy a sushi lunch at one of the local restaurants inside the market itself.

25/03/2024 Tokyo (BLD)

Today we start with a visit to Asakusa where ‘old Tokyo’ still exists and the atmosphere conjures up images of days long gone. We walk through a network of charming streets before taking a cruise on the Sumida River which provide a wonderful viewing platform of cherry blossoms from water.

26/03/2024 Tokyo – Takayama (BD)

Leaving Tokyo we travel by train via Nagoya into the heart of Honshu and the beautiful Hida Mountains. The wonderfully atmospheric town of Takayama dates back to the 16 th century. Shrines and temples dot the hillsides and a river running through its centre complete an idyllic setting. We arrive mid-afternoon and commence a walking tour of the town, exploring its wealth of narrow winding streets, galleries and museums.

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27/03/2024 takayama – shirakawa-go – takayama (bld).

Shirakawa-go and the surrounding area was isolated from the rest of Japan for hundreds of years, and as a result it has fostered a distinctly different culture from the rest of Japan. Visiting Japan’s ‘hidden gem’ is like stepping back in time, as we witness a simple lifestyle were locals fish in the rivers and grow vegetables and rice. Surrounded by forest and rice terraces, the architecture is a result of generations of ‘master builders’ or highly skilled carpenters and the town now provides a fascinating mirror into rural life of previous centuries.

28/03/2024 Takayama – Kanazawa (BLD)

This morning we take a short drive to Kanazawa. Located between the alps and the Sea of Japan, this great castle town escaped any war devastation and has never suffered any significant natural disasters. Thus, Kanazawa is wonderfully preserved and is considered the cherry blossom capital of Japan. At its heart is the amazing Garden of Kenrokuen, sitting opposite the castle. Formerly a feudal lord’s garden, and covering more than 11 hectares, Kenrokuen is one of the best place to see cherry blossoms. When in full bloom delicate soft flowers line the streets creating an incredible pink hue all over the city.

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29/03/2024 kanazawa – nara – kyoto (bld).

After breakfast we begin our journey south to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan for 1,000 years until 1867 when Tokyo took the crown. Surrounded by mountains, Kyoto is the city that touches the heart of the Japanese in a way that no other place can. Ancient customs and heritage have continued here as Geisha and Maiko scurry between appointments in tiny alleys lit by traditional lanterns. En-route we visit Nara Park, a serene place of natural beauty and infinite treasures, and home to around 1,200 freely roaming deer. Among the historic buildings within the park are Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden structure, which houses the ‘Giant Buddha’ that soars 16 metres in height. After our visit here we continue on to Kyoto.

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30/03/2024 kyoto (bld).

One of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto is along the Philosopher’s Walk – a pleasant stone path running beside a canal lined with hundreds of cherry trees. From here we continue our exploration of Kyoto with a visit to the Silver Pavilion, set amongst a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden, known as the ‘Sea of Silver Sand’. We also explore the historic Nijo Castle and Kiyomi Zu Temple.

31/03/2024 Kyoto – Fushimi Inari – Kyoto (BLD)

After breakfast we drive  to Fushimi Inari Shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails that lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari (233m).  Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.

01/04/2024 Kyoto – Himeji  – Hiroshima (BLD)

Today we take a short bus ride to Himeji Castle, also known as The White Heron because of its elegant, white appearance. This is Japan’s most imposing castle and its beautiful gardens, especially in cherry blossom season, create a wonderful backdrop to the white edifice. The castle, which like Kanazawa, was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire, survives to this day as one of the country’s twelve original castles. After our visit here we board our bullet train for the two-hour journey to Hiroshima.

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02/04/2024 hiroshima (bld).

On 6 August 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The tremendous impact of the bomb obliterated everything within a 2km radius, and immediately killed more than 80,000 people, with tens of thousands more dying from radiation exposure. After the war, despite some predictions that the city would be uninhabitable, Hiroshima was reconstructed quickly and a large park was built in the centre of the city. This morning we visit Peace Park and Peace Park Museum which provide a powerful reminder of the worst day in Hiroshima’s history. We also see the A-Bomb Dome, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, which remains the last visible link and iconic image of this cataclysmic day.

03/04/2024 Hiroshima – Miyajima Island – Hiroshima (BLD)

The so-called ‘Island of the Gods’, Miyajima Island, is on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. One of the most picturesque spots in Japan, this romantic and historical island is laced with virgin forest as well as numerous Shinto shrines, temples and monuments. After breakfast we board a ferry for the short trip to the island, which is famous for its beautiful display of cherry blossoms during the season. We take a cable car to the top of Mt Misen for breathtaking views of Hiroshima and the surrounding islands before reboarding our ferry back to Hiroshima.

04/04/2024 Hiroshima – Mt Fuji (BLD)

This morning we take the Shinkansen bullet train to Mt Fuji. Here we transfer by bus to the magnificent Yamanaka Lake, one of the five lakes at the base of this sacred mountain. Shaped like a whale this area is where some Japanese families have second homes, due to its outstanding natural beauty and scenery. At this time of year the sky is usually clear which provides a stunning vista as the sun sets behind Mt Fuji.

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05/04/2024 mt fuji – tokyo haneda airport (bl).

This morning, weather conditions permitting, we have the opportunity to see the sun rise over magnificent Mt Fuji. The rest of the day is at leisure. Later we board our bus for the 140km journey to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, to catch our homeward flight.

Depart Tokyo, Singapore Airlines SQ 633, 17.05

Arrive singapore 23.05, 06/04/2024 singapore – australia.

On arrival in Singapore we connect with the flight to our chosen Australian airport.

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Single supplement ($aud): $2,900, tour dates: 22 march 2024 - 6 april 2024, tour duration: 16 days.

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The maximum number of participants will not exceed 26 people during your Japan tour. Your group may be joined with other tour groups during the tour. Please note that your bus and tour guide may be changed if other groups join the tour.

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Single travelers are required to pay a single supplement in order to guarantee single room accommodation.

We request one suitcase, one carry-on bag, and an overnight bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room. Please note: The maximum weight of a checked in bag is typically 20 Kilograms or 44 Pounds. You will be traveling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride (if applicable).

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All hotel rooms come with a full bathroom and room amenities free of charge unless stated otherwise.

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All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi.

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All of our tours begin in either Tokyo or Osaka/Kyoto. When beginning or ending a tour in Tokyo, please book flights to or from Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport. For tours beginning or ending in Osaka/Kyoto, please book flights to or from Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport. We recommend you do not book your flights until the tour status changes from Book Now to Guaranteed Departure . You can also contact us if you would like for Japan Deluxe Tour's to arrange your flights.

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Traveling and visiting sights in Japan includes a good amount of walking. To fully enjoy the tour, please be prepared to keep up with the pace of the group, climb stairs with no difficulty, and wear comfortable shoes for all day use.

Guests with tattoos may not be able to use the hot-springs or onsens while in Japan. We apologize if you are unable to enjoy this experience during your stay.

Cherry Blossom Viewing

We cannot guarantee cherry blossoms will be in full bloom for viewing during this tour. Please refer to our Cherry Blossom Forecast page for updates and information about Sakura Cherry Blossoms and when they are expected to bloom in select cities.

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Green Tea Ceremony

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Maiko Dining Experience

Hot Spring

Japanese Style Hotel

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

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Japanese Castle

Takayama Festival Floats

Takayama Festival

Taiko Live Show

Awaodori Dance

Riding experience.

Rickshaw

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