Best Places to See in Australia During Autumn
Autumn, also known as fall in North American English, is one of the four temperate seasons. It also marks the transition from summer to winter. The duration of daylight also becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools considerably. One of its main features in a temperate climate is the shredding of leaves from deciduous trees. And here are the best places to see in Australia during Autumn.
Autumn in most parts of Australia is from March to May. There are many exciting festivals and events during this period. Making it an ideal time to see our capital cities or head to our wine regions for a vintage celebration.
Here are some best places to see in Australia during Autumn:
During Autumn, most days will be warm and sunny, but autumn can bring rain to some parts of Australia.
If you love nature, you will surely love the following places:
Golden Valley Tree Park, Balingup, WA
The Golden Valley Tree Park is the largest arboretum in WA, stretching across a massive 60 hectares. The park is open daily and managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation, and it’s set to be formally classified as a reserve. It holds over 3000 trees, from over 1000 species, some of which are still around from the original planting over a hundred years ago.
Not only does the park look ace in autumn, on May 6 you can enjoy a guided walk through all the beautiful orange leaves, led by Dr. Chrissy Sharpe. For any other autumn visits, the park is full of walks, or you can take along a picnic, grab a table and just do some leaf watching while you relax.
Moidart, Bowral, NSW
Five acres of rare plant varieties become even more amazing in autumn, and you’ll be able to see some trees here you won’t see anywhere else.
Built-in the early 1930s by Mr. James Burns, who’s family still manages it today. Due to the unique landscape in the Southern Highlands, before they could plant the trees the owners needed to dig holes and throw dynamite into them to break up the shale which sits just under the surface. It was obviously successful because the trees are still thriving today.
Alpine High Country, VIC
A name synonymous with autumn foliage, Victoria’s Alpine High Country is so pro-autumn they even have a festival for it. The Bright Autumn Festival runs over 10 days, from April 27 to May 6 in 2018, and ends with a grand parade and a massive Gala Weekend in the streets.
During the festival, you can take in the 17 gardens on offer in the region, some of which are well-established, and others which are just putting their roots down. Most are free to visit, although some do require a gold coin donation.
Here are some of Australia’s best Autumn events:
Moomba Festival, Melbourne
Held over the Labor Day public holiday weekend in March, this huge 3-day riverside festival is packed with free events and firework displays to delight the whole family. Don’t miss the Birdman Rally!
Sydney Royal Easter Show
For twelve days every autumn, Syndey plays host to sheepdog trials, woodchopping tournaments, prizewinning pigs and featherlight spongecakes. The Royal Easter Show is a giant carnival of all things rural & agricultural, attracting 850000 visitors a year. Fantastic fun.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Between April and August each year, you can swim with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo, on the coast of Western Australia. There’s even a Whale Shark Festival at the end of May!
Join the Food & Wine Festival Frenzy
Autumn is harvest time, and Australia loves to celebrate its local food and wine scene with a whole host of festivals during fall. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Grampians Grape Escape, Noosa Food & Wine Festival and Barossa Gourmet Weekend are just a handful of the many delicious options available.