Spectacular autumn colours in Melbourne, Victoria: Chapter 1

Spectacular autumn colours in Melbourne, Victoria: Chapter 1

Text by: Visit Victoria & Fabian Ooi / Photos Courtesy of Visit Victoria - 20 November 2023

Discover the magic of Melbourne and regional Victoria in all its autumnal glory. Marvel at nature’s spectacular show of colour through March, April and May, in leafy towns, historic parks and along tree-fringed avenues. Watch as towns are transformed with explosions of colour and the crunch of leaves underfoot as red, orange and gold foliage recast the landscape. Make the most of milder weather and discover the natural beauty and enjoy the finest seasonal produce at eateries across the state. From outdoor activities to regional markets, winery wanders or wherever you travel in Victoria this autumn, you’re sure to discover the season’s finest.

Atria The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne

Culinary Delights in Melbourne

Land in Melbourne and discover a city obsessed with the good life. From cutting-edge cuisine made from the freshest local produce to rich coffee, inspired cocktails and cool climate wines – Melbourne has it all.  Experience Melbourne’s mix of cultures in its myriad restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Whether you’re after modern, traditional, exotic or sharing a drink while snacking on high end tapas in a laneway eatery – Melbourne’s eclectic dining scene offers a startling array of the world’s great cuisines, from popular favourites to the truly groundbreaking. 

ARU Restaurant

ARU RestaurantARU Restaurant

268 Little Collins St, Melbourne

Aru’s cuisine is centred around a woodfired hearth and one of Melbourne’s most lauded restaurants, with a cuisine spanning the ancient seafaring routes between China, Indonesia and northern Australia.

Apollo Inn
165 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

By the team who brought us Gimlet, comes a timeless cocktail bar right next door. Apollo Inn takes its cues from the cocktail bars of Europe and offers a cocktail list of old-world classics with new-world sensibility, alongside a selection of wines by the glass and bottle, and access to Gimlet’s extensive cellar.

Atria The Ritz-Carlton, MelbourneAtria The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne

650 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Located on Level 80 of The Ritz Carlton Hotel, gaze out floor to ceiling windows and discover a refined culinary experience that’s thoughtful and inspired by the seasons and sustainable harvesting.

Big Esso by Mabu Mabu
2 Swanston St, Melbourne

Celebrate contemporary Indigenous culture in Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. Bright, full of colour and filled with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks. The all-day bar and kitchen showcases a seasonal menu inspired by native flavours.

Blossom Rooftop Bar
Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, Level 14/195 Swanston St, Melbourne

Elevate your dining experience at one of Melbourne’s highest rooftop bars, perched on level 14 of Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, with a 270-degree views of Melbourne’s epic skyline.

Fable Rooftop Bar

Dom’s Social Club
1/301 Swanston St, Melbourne

This three-storey social club and pizzeria is an all-in-one eat and drink experience on Swanston Street in the heart of Melbourne. With some of the city’s best after dark views, and a prestigious listing in the Good Food Guide 2022, the pizzeria is one of the city’s finest.

Dom’s Social Club Fable Rooftop Bar

Fable Melbourne
13/168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Eclectic and warm, with lush booths, an Italian green-tiled bar and a retractable roof for all season dining, this is a Melbourne institution for late-night get together and open-air dining.

Stella Restaurant and Bar
427 Chapel St, South Yarra

Look beyond the 1800s facade and step into this small Italian eatery with velvet booths, an upstairs cocktail bar and a rooftop terrace with an epic sunset vantage, foliage covered wall and backlit bar.

Yarra Botanica
Southbank Promenade, Southbank

Enjoy casual drinks and snacks in Southbank on a two-level floating bar on the Yarra River, with spectacular views of Melbourne’s show-stopping skyline.

Yarra Botanica Floating Bar


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