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Autumn experiences you won't want to miss


Autumn signals an explosion of colours and exciting events from March to May.

And with our friends at TAC, we’re showcasing some of the best autumn experiences and events across Australia.

Explore a feast of vibrant seasonal scenery, and don’t forget to plan your journey wherever you’re headed. 

Macedon, VIC shows its best side each autumn. More below.

Autumn in NSW

Where to see autumn foliage: Nestled behind the iconic Blue Mountains is Mudgee, a region famed for its wine and beautiful rolling hills. Autumn is an optimal time to visit, as the town's trees burst with colour, adding something special as you stroll the streets. On Mudgee's main drag, Church St, you'll be greeted with the Manchurian pear trees that line the streets and go their signature shade of buttery yellow in autumn. Bliss!

Event to attend: The award for the best event name goes to Wings, Wheels and Wine, which takes place on 18 April in Mudgee. It's a family fun-filled day with air shows, vehicle displays, kids' entertainment and, of course, Mudgee's premier wineries supply tastings and sell their fine wines.

Stay at: BIG4 Mudgee Holiday Park.

Mudgee sure is pretty! Credit: Destination NSW.

Autumn in VIC

Where to see autumn foliage: The Macedon Ranges spoils for choice when it comes to autumn time with oak-lined avenues and endless deciduous trees. The views of Mt Macedon are especially dazzling during the crisp and colourful season. Some places of note to see a kaleidoscope of colours is Honour Avenue and Centennial Park. Further up the mount, it’s worthwhile checking out Days Picnic Ground and Sanatorium Lake.

Stay at: BIG4 Seymour Holiday Park.

Macedon's winding roads are paved with gold. Or at least yellow.

Event to attend: To soak up all that autumn offers; we recommend checking out Bright Autumn Festival from 23 April-2 May. It's a 10-day celebration of autumnal colours and local produce. The gala weekend is the highlight, with music on the streets, market stalls, and a finale parade held on 1 May. It's one not to miss! Please note: the festival has a very limited program in 2021.

Stay at: BIG4 Bright Holiday Park or BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

Bright is in a good mood for its annual autumn festival.

Autumn in WA

Where to see autumn foliage: Head to Golden Valley Tree Park, a 60ha area jam-packed with trees set on the stunning hills of Balingup. Golden Valley is also the largest arboretum in all of WA. Take it all in via strolls along any of the park’s short walks where you'll see beautiful native Australian trees. Best of all, the park is free to enter, but donations are appreciated.

Stay at: BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Busselton or BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.

Fun for all the fam at Golden Valley Tree Park. Credit: Frances Andrijich.

Event to attend: Want to visit Perth's biggest street market? Then Twilight Hawkers Market is the place to be every Friday from now until 26 March. Indulge in tasty foods with global fare and soak up the atmosphere at Forrest Place with live music by local artists. And while you're in the capital, venture out to the Swan Valley to soak up stunning autumn scenes.

Stay at: BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park.

The Swan Valley turns it on in autumn. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Autumn in SA

Where to see autumn foliage: The Adelaide Hills is a spectacular spot for autumn lovers. There's so much to explore and enjoy in this region, with plentiful deciduous trees and endless vineyards/orchards that sprinkle a burst of colour across the hills. Head to Hahndorf's main street to see a wash of colour in deep crimson and honey hues hit the tree-lined roads. Venture to Hahndorf Hill Winery for wines, of course, but also to see the vineyards turn from gorgeous green to stunning scarlet. And it’s all an easy drive from Adelaide.

Stay at: BIG4 West Beach Parks in Adelaide.

Wow, oh mighty: Adelaide Hills' Mt Lofty Botanic Garden. Credit: Sam Williams.

Event to attend: There's no place quite like the Barossa Valley! The perfect time to visit is during the Barossa Vintage Festival Flavours of Autumn. It's your chance to eat, drink, and soak up the best of the Barossa. Come and celebrate wine, food, community, and culture from 14-18 April.

Stay at: BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park.

The Barossa is in vintage form come festival time.

Autumn in NT

Where to see autumn foliage: Tjoritja/West MacDonnell is the holy grail of national parks. Located to the west of Alice Springs lies the vast ancient landscape offering scenic walks/trails, swimming holes, and panoramic landscapes. You'll find fig trees, cycads, and ferns during your adventures here. Visiting the park is recommended at any time of the year but especially during autumn's cooler months.

Stunning Simpsons Gap. Credit: Tourism NT/Jarrad Seng.

Event to attend: To celebrate the best Australian indigenous culture, you need to experience the TJunga Festival, which takes place from 26-29 April at Yulara. The festival highlights local performers, sporting heroes, musicians and artists, and the locals of Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Take the whole crew along to a special four-day family-friendly event.

Stay at: BIG4 MacDonnell Range in Alice Springs.

Beauty surrounds Finke River in the MacDonnell Ranges. Credit: Tourism NT/Jess Caldwell and Luke Riddle.

Autumn in TAS

Where to see autumn foliage: Accessible via a scenic drive through New Norfolk's township in the Derwent Valley is Tasmanian's breathtaking Mt Field National Park. There's nothing this park can't provide from a laidback ski field, amazing alpine moorlands, cascading waterfalls. and native Fagus (beech) that glows golden during the autumn months. Mt Field is one of the oldest national parks in Tasmania, and it sure is one of the most beautiful!

Stay at: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

Mt Field National Park showers in beauty each autumn. Pictured: Russell Falls.

Event to attend: The International Mural Festival in Sheffield brings a bounty of colour as talented mural artists grace the streets and showcase their artistic techniques. It's a fantastic event that spotlights emerging artists and displays local talent through a public forum.

Stay at: BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park.

Pretty as a picture: The International Mural Festival. Credit: Tourism Tasmania/supplied courtesy of Kentish Council.

Autumn in QLD

Places to see autumn foliage: Towns like Stanthorpe, Warwick, and surrounding areas turn on a show for a real autumn escapade in the Sunshine State. These places offer the ultimate picturesque countryside feel where you'll see vibrant yellow, orange, and red hues take over the local vineyards and the trees that dot the streets.

Stay at: BIG4 Warwick Holiday Park.

Stanthorpe turns up that autumn glow. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Event to attend: The Noosa Eat & Drink festival from 13-16 May celebrates the best in Australian and international cuisine, wine, and lifestyle. This event is community-focused, as local restaurants and members of the food and wine industry help plan the event. So, it’s the perfect excuse to support a community-run festival that also happens to be the ultimate in relaxation and indulgence.

Stay at: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa or BIG4 Maroochy River.

The Noosa Eat & Drink Festival has a boatload of appeal. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

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