Blankets of leaves and trees in shades of green, yellow, rustic orange and red make for a spectacular sight and are the basis of this colourful autumn festival in Auburn that has a whole lot to see and do for the whole family. The council is bringing us plenty to keep busy at the beautiful Botanic Gardens and the Peacock Gallery, across the road.
Walk through the tiled roof gate entrance and wander around the 9 hectares of the gardens, in company with peacocks, and discover all the beauty that abounds. A stone moon gate leads to a traditional Japanese garden, a main focal point, styled around a lake with ornamental trees, decorative bridges, waterfalls, a worshipping stone and a tea house.
Beautiful gates, trees and wildlife abounds
Other gardens include the sunken rose garden, the scented garden complete with an undercover wedding pavilion, and the Australian native and rainforest gardens set around a billabong. There's an Avenue of Remembrance, a tree-lined reflection pool, and a maze kids can have fun with.
Perfect for weddings - the Wedding Pavilion is next to the Scented Garden
On festival day, children can meet Dorothy the Dinosaur (12pm-1pm), join in interactive wildlife shows (from 1.30pm) and take a ride or two on the mini trains (for $2 per person). A playground at the back of the gardens is also accessible and the fauna reserve has kangaroos and wallabies, emus and other native animals. Watch them feeding and perhaps spot the elusive wombat.
Dinner time for some
A hop, skip and a jump away is the Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, which has a changing program of exhibitions of local artists' works, activities and workshops. On this special day, there will be a Dorothy the Dinosaur Show (from 11am), World Music and Diverse Cultural Performances (12pm-3pm), and multicultural food stalls. Visit the art exhibition and perhaps do an art workshop.
Roving performers will further entertain and if you like birds, there is an aviary to walk through with a myriad of different species. It is quite an experience when they're all chirping and hooting at the same time. Close your eyes and you feel like you're in the jungle, a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city and its suburbs.
At the end of the street is plenty of parkland with barbecue facilities available if you want to cook up some magic.
You can enjoy all of the above from 11am-3pm with entry for non-Auburn residents over 16 years of age just $5. Free entry for children and Auburn city residents. A shuttle bus (free) will be available between Auburn train station (South Pde) and the Gardens from 10.30am to 4pm. Parking also available but limited.
For further info, visit the website or call 9735 1222.