Melbourne’s lush parks and gardens change colour with the season. 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.
Autumn in Melbourne
Melbourne’s lush parks and gardens change colour with the season, and inner-city neighbourhoods are lined with stunning canopies of seasonal hue. The cobblestone laneways beckon to be explored and the city’s parks come alive with the sounds of crunching leaves. Grab your scarf and let’s go!
Royal Botanic Gardens
Picturesque in any season, the Royal Botanic Gardens brings a lovely display to the heart of the city. Do a little forest bathing surrounded by colourful leaves and stroll a peaceful 38 hectares of plantings.
Fitzroy Gardens is a gorgeous sprawl of lawns and lanes, creeks, cottages and tree canopy. Sprinkled with statues, garden paths and playgrounds, come for uplifting autumnal hues and stay to watch the sun go down.
With its fountains and pond and the historic Royal Exhibition Building as its grand centrepiece, Carlton Gardens puts on quite a seasonal show when the leaves begin to turn. Carlton Gardens also house the Melbourne Museum and IMAX cinema.
Arts Precinct and Southbank
The oak-lined boulevard of St Kilda Road running through the Arts Precinct makes a beautiful stroll in autumn. Wander past NGV International where bright foliage contrasts against iconic modernist architecture. Head past the Arts Centre and step down to absorb the scenic golden promenade along the banks of the Yarra.
Autumn in Regional Victoria
View the changing colours across the state, by going on a road trip to discover the natural beauty of autumn in regional Victoria. It’s where you will experience the magic of regional Victoria in all its autumn splendour. Marvel at nature’s spectacular colour, chase fallen leaves in parks, gardens and leafy towns or take a trip to various towns in search of the season’s best produce.
Bright is renowned for its magnificent autumn display. Witness the deciduous trees in their colourful autumnal glory, including oaks, elms, poplars and Japanese maples, painting the town in shades of crimson and bright yellow. Come for the Bright Autumn Festival to fully embrace the season and local produce.
Beechworth is a village with an acclaimed food and wine scene set amid stunning gold rush architecture. Come and visit in autumn to experience an explosion of colours as the leaves turn to golden yellows, rich reds and vibrant oranges. Delve behind period shopfronts containing fine antique stores, craft shops and boutiques.
Bendigo region transforms to a golden, leafy wonderland in autumn. Open spaces around Bendigo are transformed as the weather cools and leaves take on golden, auburn hues. Enjoy some country hospitality and the pick of autumn’s bounty at some of Bendigo’s top-notch restaurants.
Ramble the tree-laced towns of Castlemaine and Daylesford and buy some delicious seasonal apples from nearby Harcourt. Visit Lake Daylesford, where maples and weeping willows turn red and gold.
The towns and gardens of the Dandenong Ranges, Healesville and Warburton offer a dazzling parade of russet and yellow foliage. Maples, beech trees and a pretty lake framed by golden ginkgos paint an idyllic picture at Sherbrooke’s historic Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens.