Spring has sprung in the glorious Perth Hills! At S&R Orchard in Walliston, the immensely popular blossom festival is back for another year – this time with a Japanese theme.
The Saku Blossom Festival is on for two weeks (Sept 14th to 30th). The family-run stone fruit orchard opens its gates to for fun and frolicking amongst the fragrant blossoms of peach and nectarine trees.
There is one entry fee, $10 for adults on weekends, $5 on weekdays (cash only) and kids under 12 are free. I’d recommend visiting during the weekends, when there is lots of entertainment and activities (animal farm, tractor rides and more).
We love a photo-opp as much as the next person and I took along my pup Ruby, to pose. Pooches are welcome at the S&R Orchard Saku Blossom Festival.
There are Japanese-style arches, giving the feeling you could be in Tokyo. You’ll find Japanese lanterns, a colourful flower pot wall and other props scattered around the orchard.
Japanese style food and drinks will also be on offer and if you really want to immerse yourself in the theme, Kimono Hire by Perth Kimono Club is available on weekends too.
The blossom smells heavenly. You’re welcome to spend as long as you like here and throw down a picnic rug.
There are a few market stalls, some selling fresh farm produce, as well as over 20 food vans, ice cream, coffee, the Carmel Cider Co, so if you didn’t want to take along a picnic, there are other tasty options. The festival can get very busy, so be prepared to queue. Parking has been increased from last year, so there should be plenty.
The S&R Orchard in Wallison is a 25 drive from Perth CBD. The Bickley Valley, Core Cider House, Kalamunda town and Lesmurdie Falls are all close by too, so be sure to make a day of it and enjoy spring in the Perth Hills! Find a winery or restaurant in the Perth Hills here.
The S&R Orchard Saku Blossom Festival is found at 46 Halleendale Road, Walliston.