Where to go for autumn colours

Here are the best destinations around Australia to make the most of Mother Nature's annual colour show this season.

Mount Lofty is one of the top spots to witness the changing of the seasons.
  • Kaitlyn Palmer Allen
  • May 2019

Autumn is a favourite season for many travellers, not just for the pleasant weather but because of the vibrant colours of the seasonal foliage. Leaves of sunset orange, rich reds and golden browns fall from the trees and make you feel like you’re on a movie set. If you’re in the mood for a road trip to walk under leafy arches and crunch over fallen leaves, try these places…

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Adelaide Hills, SA

The 97-hectare Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens opens in new window, just 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, is in its prime in the cooler, colourful, autumn months.

Cloudehill Olinda, VIC

This garden opens in new window in the Dandenong Ranges, an hour’s drive east of the Melbourne CBD, is dedicated to the sunset-hued season and puts on a show of gold, pink and crimson.

The Cloudehill gardens have picturesque autumn vantage points
The Cloudehill gardens have picturesque autumn vantage points.

Bowral Southern Highlands, NSW

Enjoy the beauty of the season 90 minutes south of Sydney, where Bowral’s opens in new window streets of deciduous trees are resplendent with gold leaves.

Golden Valley Tree Park Balingup, WA

Wander amongst the spectacular autumn display at this 60-hectare heritage-listed arboretum opens in new window, just a 2.5-hour drive south of Perth.