As we say goodbye to summer and welcome in the cooler months a different type of holiday is in order. Whilst it may no longer be the time of year for the traditional Australian beach holiday, there are many scenic destinations on offer. Think autumn leaves, warm beverages, bike rides and long walks.
Here are our top 5 picks for autumn scenic destinations in Australia.
1. East Coast, Tasmania
You simply can’t go wrong with a trip to Tasmania in autumn. The weather is cool and dry, and the leaves begin to turn into the fantastic colours of orange and red. There is plenty to do for everyone. You can go for long walks on scenic beaches and in breathtaking national parks, ride along the mountain bike trails, visit orchards and vineyards to try the abundant fresh produce and explore historic towns.
Wineglass bay, Douglas Apsley National Park and Port Arthur are top of our list, and no trip to Tasmania is complete without popping into Hobart to explore the Salamanca markets.
2. Bright, Victoria
Located approximately 3.5hrs from Melbourne, Bright certainly puts on a show in autumn. The quaint town holds its annual Autumn Festival at the end of April and early May and its streets are filled with colourful deciduous trees. The temperatures are also pleasant, with cooler weather and beautiful sunny days.
If the autumn colours and festival weren’t enough to entice you, there is even more on offer. Enjoy countless cycling tracks to explore the serenity, there are great hikes nearby, and the High Country of Victoria is full of interesting artisan galleries, pretty towns and fantastic food.
3. Adelaide Hills, SA
Think misty mornings, bright trees, boutiques and cafes. The Adelaide Hills provides a glorious autumn escape.
We recommend a visit to the suburb of Stirling. It has village charm, picturesque streets and lush surroundings. There are a variety of shops, cafes and fine foods.
If you want to explore even further, a drive to the Barossa Valley is always worthwhile. Whilst beautiful all year round, the colours of autumn add to the spectacular scenery.
4. Canberra, ACT
Canberra is more than just politics and iconic buildings. A trip to the nation’s capital is a visual feast in autumn, when the abundant plantings of deciduous trees are a riot of red and gold and hot air balloons fill the clear blue skies that are typical at this time of year. A walk around Lake Burley Griffin, the National Arboretum and the National Zoo will make you wonder why you didn’t visit sooner.
Autumn is also the perfect season to visit Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Parks, where you can see waterfalls, wildlife and go on some spectacular hikes. The cooler weather makes it pleasant to enjoy long walks or bike rides and you can finish the day at one of the many restaurants on offer in the capital.
5. Orange, NSW
The name alone screams autumn. Orange, NSW is known for its spectacular autumn colours, so this is the perfect time to visit, before winter sets in. There is plenty to do in Orange which is becoming renowned for fresh organic produce. Did you know, despite its name, Orange is one of NSWs major producers of apples?
Explore the rich landscape and dramatic scenery on food or by bicycle. From tranquil waterways, forests, abundant fauna and fabulous rock formations to beautifully preserved historic buildings, art galleries, craft shops, cultural offerings and wonderful restaurants – there is much to see and do in the region. We recommended a walk on Mount Canobolas and a visit to Lake Canobolas. Or try a bushwalk at Federal Falls and be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views.