Spring has sprung and you can celebrate by visiting nature’s spectacle at one of the most beautiful displays of cherry blossom Melbourne has on show at Cherryhill Orchards.
The cherry trees are blossoming and that means it’s time for the annual Cherryhill Orchards Blossom Festival that includes live music, new cherry-based drinks, giant yard games, workshops and food trucks.
To make the Cherry Blossom Festival in Melbourne even more enjoyable, Cherryhill Orchards is inviting your doggy family members to wander through the beautiful blossoms with you! It’ll also be a great opportunity to snap gorgeous photos of them (and with them!) amongst the blossoms!
Set amongst the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley this is one of the few opportunities to enjoy cherry blossom in Victoria from right up close. There’s limited seating in the grassy area where the main festival action takes place, so make sure you bring your own picnic rug.
There are several food trucks on site, but the wait can be long during peak periods, so I recommend bringing your own picnic or at least some snacks.
Make sure to save space for one of their famous soft-serve ice creams made with macerated pitted cherries mixed with vanilla ice cream. You can find them at the cafe or at the gorgeous pink and white ice cream caravan.
The kids insist on partaking in the annual cherry ice cream tradition even though we visit on a freezing day!
The orchard isn’t completely in bloom, but with a bit of judicious cropping and positioning, you can still get some beautiful shots.
Weekend tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children, and free for infants 3 years old and under. Weekday tickets are $12.50 for adults, $7 for children, and free for infants 3 years old and under.
You can also add a Mary Eats Cake Picnic Pack when you purchase your tickets to share with your loved ones under the cherry blossom flowers and to complete your blossom festival experience.
Cherryhill Orchards are also offering a bunch of other wonderful experiences for guests to enjoy, such as workshops, a Mid-Week Blossom Wine & Dine, a Blossom & Ballooning Package and High Tea!
For workshops this year, they’ve got: The Busy Bees Workshop – a one-hour workshop for all ages that will teach participants the importance of bees, especially in agriculture and food production.
Create your very own stunning flower crown at the Flower Crown Workshop. Kids are allowed to join in this relaxing 2-hour-long workshop.
Learn how to make your very own aromatic candles at the Candle Making Workshop. Each booking lasts an hour, and participants will learn how to create two of their very own beautiful soy candles with a fragrance of their choice.
Finally, for those into photography, you’ll love the Nikon Photography Workshop – an inspiring and easy-to-grasp photographic walking tour hosted by Nikon School Australia that will teach you some basic photography, some tips and more as you walk through the stunning cherry blossoms. Note that you’ll have to bring your own camera for this workshop.
Wondering what’s in store for the experiences?
Enjoy a perfect afternoon of incredible local wine, a mouthwatering lunch and stunning Spring blossoms when you participate in The Mid-Week Blossom Wine & Dine. Tickets for this experience also include a free serving of Cherry Blossom Gelato at CherryHill, Wandin.
Treat yourself with the new High Tea in the Blossoms. Hosted by Mary Eats Cake, you can expect a range cherry-inspired delicacies in a quiet luxurious setting amongst the cherry blossom trees.
The elegant two-hour package includes private bar and lounge access, beverages and unlimited specialty teas, as well as a special take home gift.
The Blossom & Ballooning Package is once in a lifetime picture-perfect experience that will have you soaring with joy! The romantic sunrise ballooning experience lasts approximately 3 – 3.5 hours and includes free entry passes into the cherry blossom flowers.
Lastly, perhaps the one we’re looking forward to the most is the new hands-on workshop Sip’n Paint, hosted by Frida’s Sip n’ Paint. Surrounded by nature guests can unwind and create a masterpiece, making for a leisurely and picturesque way to enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival in style.
Cherryhill Orchards’ Blossom Festival only has a limited number of tickets available per day per entry time, which is why I recommend buying tickets online. Note that no matter what session time you choose, you’re more than welcome to stay the entire day until 5 pm.
Cherryhill Orchards is only 45 minutes from Melbourne, and the Blossom Festival is a relaxing half-day adventure that you can combine with nearby attractions like Warratina lavender farm and Seville Water Park, not to mention the region’s farm gates, vineyards and breweries.
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- Buy your tickets online for guaranteed entry;
- Purchase your workshop tickets online for a guaranteed spot
- No matter what session time you choose you’re more than welcome to stay the entire day until 5:00pm;
- Take a hat, sunscreen and water;
- Food trucks available though you can BYO picnic and avoid the queues. Highly recommend the cherry ice cream!
- There is no admission fee for your furry friends, however you will need to register their attendance here.
- Combine your trip with a visit to Warratina lavender farm and Seville Water Park.
- Keep an eye on young kids. The orchard can be a great hiding place and;
- There are only portaloos, no baby change facilities.