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Blossom Festival, Cherryhill Orchards: Spring has Sprung

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 Cherry Hill Blossom Festival that includes live music, giant yard games, workshops and food trucks.

To make this year’s 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!

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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.

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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!

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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 $14 for adults, $8 for children, and free for infants 3 years old and under. Weekday tickets are $11.50 for adults, $6.50 for children, and free for infants 3 years old and under.

You can also add an UMINONO Premium Sushi Box when you purchase your tickets to share with your loved ones under the cherry blossom flowers and to complete your blossom festival experience.

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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 Posh Picnics!

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.

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 Posh Palais’s Luxury Picnic Experience, where guests can pre-book a unique picnic experience while being immersed in the blossoming cherry orchard, making it a leisurely and picturesque way to enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival in style.

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The experience comes with a fully catered food and beverage package and has a minimum of 4 persons per experience. The 4 hour package includes a grazing platter, gourmet bites. sweet treats, drinks (both alcoholic and non alcoholic), free entry into Blossom Festival and hire of picnicware, tableware, picnic games and florals. Exciting!

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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.

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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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HOT Tips:

  • 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;
  • Each adult ticket includes a bottle of non-alcoholic Cherry Spritzer;
  • Take a hat, sunscreen and water;
  • Food trucks available though you can BYO picnic and avoid the queues. Highly recommend the cherry ice cream!
  • 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.
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As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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