When we think about the brothels in Melbourne many things probably come into our mind: Great places for sex without the hang-ups doubtless near the top of the list, along with living out the odd fantasy, among a host of others. And who can dispute how nice it feels revelling in the idea that the girl is one doing the seducing after, like me, trawling the bars, clubs and yes, even supermarkets for years with pick-up lines that sounded banal, even to my ears! The Melbourne brothels are like heaven on earth for us guys who lived through the pre-social media dating misery. Even in the current social-media dating app world with its nightmarish ability to transform a Victoria’s Secret model to a Roseanne-lookalike in the space of a taxi ride, the Melbourne brothels get my vote. Definitely.

All that aside, we never give a thought to the people who own and run these places. Most keep a low profile, I know, but why hasn’t there been a larger-than-life Madam of the old school since Madame Brussels strutted her stuff in Little Lon in the late 19th Century? This seems about to change with the emergence and rising profile of The Cherry Tree Garden and its wonderfully enigmatic own “Madam”, Lily Yang.

A new short movie to be released soon, directed by Tom Mackie, stars the beautiful Chinese actor Tiffany Shen as “Lily” and Ross Larkin as “The Artist” in a touching, forbidden love story.  Set in the sensual, sexy underworld of Melbourne’s Chinatown it will surely raise Lily Yang and her exotic Cherry Tree Garden to cult status for short film-noire aficionados, as did the iconic feature film “World of Suzie Wong” for all us ancients around in the 1960’s, which starred Nancy Kwan and William Holden.

Lily Publishes her Amazing Memoir “Take Memories, Leave Footprints”

Adding to the interest, Lily Yang has just published her own story in a book called: “Take Memories, Leave Footprints”. It can be found on Amazon.


You’ll be enthralled in the page-turning journey of her enormously fascinating life. Her profession has always been one of total discretion, well, unless you happen to be Mata Hari, and it’s her promise to follow these noble traditions. Gentlemen, and ladies, your secrets are safe and are far from the subject of her book. Men in her life, both powerful or powerless, all had their own stories to tell, spoken and unspoken, as they and all of us trudge our pilgrim’s way along the pavements of the world. But her book is a far cry from a re-telling of life in a brothel.

Her story is a journey across time and space and cultures. And it’s also about discovery, of a first love lost, then found again after a generation. It’s a journey that millions of girls have been through, in every culture and every age, so in a sense she’s writing as ‘everywoman’. Lily hopes her story can illuminate some of the darker corners of what might shape, for better or worse, romantic and intimate relationships between men and women, especially those between Asians and Caucasians. Both will find something within the pages of her book that occasionally plays a sad chord but will also make you smile from time to time, as she steps, and sometimes lurches, between the horror to the sublime on her roller-coaster life.

Lily’s life, whether captured in a short film or in her very personal story told of spending her childhood exiled to the bitter North China countryside through to owning her beautiful Cherry Tree Garden today, is sure to put Lily Yang’s name alongside the more interesting “Madams” of our time.

Visit Lily Yang for more social commentary, her published books and charity work.

What People Say

Hello lily, how are you? I was in yesterday & i had an hour with a beautiful lady who has a beautiful soul, she is so delightful & her name is susan she’s everything i prayed for & more. I will be ...

Dear Lily, please pass on my thanks to the wonderful Susan. She was a delight, kind, funny and beautiful. My first time at your establishment and was amazing. So many beautiful girls and so friendly when you first mee ...

After reading all the reviews about The Cherry Tree Garden, I phoned and booked for a 30 minutes massage, I spoke with nicely spoken man who booked me at the time I asked for and met me at the door on my arrival, insi ...

Over some time now I have been fortunate to have visited many establishments claiming to be “Melbourne’s Best Brothel”, or words suggesting similar statements. I am now of the opinion that this claim should ...

Happy New Year to Lily, girls and managers at the Cherry Tree. Unbelievable place! I’ve watched the place grow since you opened a year or so ago and always had a great time. Keep doing whatever you’re doing. ( ...

This place is getting great reviews and I would like to add mine. As others have said it is very stylishly decorated with the nice themed rooms and someone has put in a lot of attention to detail in the furnishings, d ...

From the moment you’re greeted at the door. Till you’re being waved goodbye by an exotic beauty, service and pleasure are what you get at The Cherry Tree. Highly recommend it to anyone. (Nov 10/2018)
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Dear lily. Amazing to come back again – it was nearly a year ago last time I came. Please post this on your website if you wish to let others know this is without doubt the best run brothel in Melbourne. You should ...

I can only agree with all the great reviews for the Cherry Tree. Lily’s running a great shop, girls are wonderful and service outstanding. October, 2018

This place seems to get great reviews was worth a visit. Amazing. I loved the friendly front desk people, the decor and, to make it complete, the girls are great – happy friendly and gorgeous. August 2018

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