NATURE AND WILDLIFE

7 amazing Australian places to visit this autumn

Enjoy a colour carnival during autumn. Location: Newell Creek, west coast TAS.

Each autumn, several Australian locations spring to life like at no other time of year.

The season delivers the right ingredients that allow these destinations to be at their blooming best, bursting with beauty of gob-smacking proportions.

This aesthetic awesomeness is often backed by humming seasonal events.

So, for a kaleidoscope of colour, check out this alluring line-up.

Hahndorf in SA's Adelaide Hills is at its prettiest in autumn.

1. Adelaide Hills, SA

Sure, the Adelaide Hills are glamorous year-round. But in autumn, the region is at its bewitching best as the charm-filled surrounds dish up more colours than a fruit salad.

Take a leisurely drive around cute towns and villages – including iconic Hahndorf – and marvel at the carnival of colour. A visit to Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is a must.

Book now: BIG4 Hahndorf Resort or in nearby Adelaide.

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is quite the sight each autumn. Credit: Jonty Paterson

2. Tasmania

The Apple Isle as a whole is irresistible in autumn as a spectacular assortment of colourful scenery dominates the landscape.

Leading destinations to view enchanting colours include Ross, between Hobart and Launceston, and the Derwent Valley, easily accessible from the Tasmanian capital.

Iconic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park bursts with colour thanks to a natural spectacle known as ‘The Turning of the Fagus’ – best viewed from late April through May. Also witness the fabulous fagus at Mt Field National Park, reachable from Hobart.

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'The Turning of the Fagus' is a wonderful sight. Location: Mt Field National Park, Tasmania. Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rick Eaves.

3. Bright, VIC

Have your camera handy in Bright – and its surrounds – 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 enticing walking tracks. Cycling is another prime activity in Bright and the wider region.

Or embrace the vibe by attending the Bright Autumn Festival (26 April-5 May 2019), a bustling celebration of the area’s colours and seasonal produce.

Book now: BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

Bright by name, Bright by nature. The town and it surrounds are epic during this season.

4. South West region, WA

This sparkling pocket of WA offers a wealth of eye-catching landscapes year-round, and in autumn it’s dazzling. The appeal is enhanced by consistently fine yet mild weather that’s well-suited to exploring these magnificent surrounds.

A prime spot is the Margaret River sub-region, which is a sea of colour – mostly red and golds – in this season owing to its many eye-catching vineyards. While there, head along to the acclaimed Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival (3-5 May 2019).

Book now: BIG4 parks in South West WA.

Margaret River, and the wider South West WA region, sparkles in autumn. Location: Mandala Wines.

5. Yarra Valley, VIC

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

The Yarra Valley is also a hot-air balloon haven, and there is no better time than autumn to admire the immense beauty from above.

Book now: BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park or from Melbourne.

Yarra Valley dazzles in autumn.

6. The Barossa, SA

Wine regions are an obvious choice for autumn delights and SA’s most famous example is a delight, too. Colourful vineyards and sparkling sunsets stand out, backed by warm days and cooler nights – the perfect conditions for a spot of cellar-door hopping.

Or take things to the next level by coinciding a stay with the Barossa Vintage Festival (24-29 April 2019), an action-packed event that celebrates the best of the region’s delicious food and wine.

Book now: BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park.

The Barossa: A winner year-round but a stunner in autumn. Credit: Nick Rains

7. Armidale, NSW

Beauty abounds in Armidale and the wider region, but in autumn the city explodes with visual appeal. Much of the credit goes to its gorgeous landscapes, including a rich collection of imposing trees that changes colour and expands its palette at this time of year.

It all makes for an alluring vibrancy and ensures Armidale is a must-visit for photographers and nature lovers.

Book now: BIG4 Armidale Highlander Van Village.

Armidale is a photographer's dream in autumn. Credit: Destination NSW

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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