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7 amazing Australian places to visit this autumn

Australia teems with vibrant holiday destinations that are captivating year round. However, some locations stand out from the crowd at autumn, displaying beauty of gob-smacking proportions.

Autumn delivers the right ingredients that allow these destinations to be at their blooming best, and trees, vineyards, and other natural features explode with colour. This aesthetic awesomeness is often backed by humming seasonal events that lure visitors year after year.

With autumn in full swing, we’re delivering you seven Australian places to visit right now. It’s best to start planning...

Forest floor covered in rust coloured autumn leaves underneath nearly bare trees.

Much of Australia is a carnival of colour during autumn.

Sunset over green field with trees and a view over a misty vineyard.

The Hunter Valley is splendid in autumn. 

Credit: Audrey Wilkinson Wines.

1. Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Wine regions are an obvious choice for autumn delights and New South Wales’ most famous example has photographers buzzing. The leaves of row after row of vines glitter as they take on delightful shades of orange, red, and purple, all backed by mild temperatures and crisp, clean air.

Autumn is the season to celebrate the year’s wine harvest, best achieved by attending the respected Lovedale Long Lunch (14-15 May 2016). Embrace the festive spirit at this progressive-style lunch, which highlights the best of the region’s food and wine.

Visit when…staying at Active Holidays - BIG4 Hunter Valley.

 

2. Orange, New South Wales

With the title of Australia’s Colour City, expect Orange to shine year round. However, Mother Nature’s palette discovers a few extra hues in autumn.

Admiration of the city’s many flowering plants and trees is made easy with the abundance of parks and gardens. Meanwhile, F.O.O.D Week (8-17 April, 2016) ensures Orange is a celebration for all senses in autumn. This renowned event showcases delectable produce from the wider area through a series of sensational events.

Visit when…following the Nature and Heritage Trail touring route, which is packed with superb attractions.

Red and yellow leaves held up by wire in a vineyard under the sun.

The Adelaide Hills are bursting with colour each autumn. Location: Hahndorf Hill Winery.

3. Adelaide Hills, South Australia

The Adelaide Hills is glamorous from January until December. In autumn the region is even more bewitching as its charm-filled, tree-lined villages and surrounds dish up more colours than a rainbow.

Take a leisurely drive around a series of small towns and marvel at the carnival of colour while enjoying warm, sunny days. A visit to the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is a must.

Visit when…staying at Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park or in nearby Adelaide

Aerial view of a forest full of fagus trees turning partially orange.

'The Turning of the Fagus' is a wonderful sight. Location: Mt Field National Park, Tasmania.

Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rick Eaves.

4.  Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

Tasmania as a whole could make this list. The state is irresistible in autumn: a spectacular assortment of colourful trees, berries, and vineyards dominates the landscape. Combine this with clear days and a lingering glow at twilight.

Leading destinations to view enchanting colours include the historical village of Ross, between Hobart and Launceston; and towns within the Derwent Valley area, easily accessible from the Tasmanian capital.

Yet, we’re shining the spotlight on iconic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, which bursts with colour thanks to a natural spectacle known as ‘The Turning of the Fagus’. The fagus is a cold-climate deciduous beech tree endemic to Tasmania, and from late April through May it puts on a stunning show: the wide variety of shades creates a visual feast. As luck has it, Cradle Mountain is teeming with fagus. Another prime place to witness the fabulous fagus is Mount Field National Park, accessible from Hobart.

Large cream pillar with clock set into it partially obscured by red leafy tree branch in front of lens.

Bright's bounty of deciduous trees turns the town into a sea of colour each autumn.

5. Bright, Victoria

Have your camera handy in Bright because this popular High Country town is well-named. It is ablaze with colour each autumn thanks largely to its many deciduous trees.

Witness this captivating sight while strolling along one of several enticing walking tracks; some paths lead to lookouts that comprehensively reveal this immense splendour. Cycling is another prime activity in Bright and its surrounds.

Embrace the vibe by being in town for the Bright Autumn Festival (22 April-1 May), a 10-day celebration of the area’s colour and seasonal produce.

Visit when…staying at BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

Misty vineyard with rows of plants with golden leaves leading into hills in distance.

The Yarra Valley's vineyards sparkle at this time of year. Location: Mandala Wines.

6. Yarra Valley, Victoria

Early autumn is harvest time in the Yarra Valley and it’s also a prized period to visit this first-rate wine region. An explosion of colours blankets the landscape: vineyards, variable plant life, and exceptional sunsets combine to ensure the region is at its most stunning.

We were sure to add this region to the list because of the Yarra Valley’s reputation for being a hot-air balloon...ahem...hotspot. There is no better time than autumn to admire the immense beauty from the greatest of vantage points - high above.

Visit when…staying at BIG4 Yarra Valley Holiday Park in Healesville or when staying in nearby Melbourne.

 

7. Margaret River, Western Australia

Just like other premier wine regions cemented on this list, the Margaret River is a sea of colour at autumn owing to the many eye-catching vineyards dotted throughout.

The appeal is enhanced by consistently fine yet mild weather that’s well-suited to exploring these magnificent surrounds. Autumn (and winter) is celebrated creatively at the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival (3-6 June), which has a history of attracting leading authors.

Visit when…staying at Taunton Farm Holiday Park.

 

There are so many Australian locations that sparkle in autumn – which ones make your list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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