For those of us who live in the inner city of Sydney, it can sometimes appear as if those suburbs situated at the city limits are almost entirely different townships. While that impression may be an accurate one, our city would be culturally impoverished without the contributions of Campbelltown's artistic scene.
The Japanese Tea Garden is a small pocket of cultural exchange located on Art Gallery Road, near the Cube Campbelltown Convention and Entertainment Centre.
A Japanese tea garden is designed not only as a visually beautiful space comprised of lawns and ponds, but primarily as a place to maximise relaxation, while strolling around the lawns. This cultural phenomenon has since spread around the world, with Japanese Tea Gardens being found in British Columbia, San Francisco, and Grantchester in the UK.
The Japanese Tea Garden in Campbelltown was established as a gift from Koshigaya, Campbelltown's Sister City. Open from 10am to 4pm daily, visitors are invited to survey the waterfall and bridges, as well as the plants that line the even walking paths.
After strolling around the gardens, it is also possible to visit the popular Arts Centre Cafe, which is open from 8:30 to 4pm on weekends and between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.
If you have truly fallen in love with the Tea Garden, you can even arrange for your wedding to be celebrated in the grounds. It is, of course, necessary to contact the Arts Centre in order to finalise such plans.