Autumn is a beautiful time in Canberra. Everywhere you look, trees are glowing with colourful auras in a variety of yellows, oranges and burgundys. Wherever you go, there are dry brown leaves on the ground to kick through and hear their splintering crunch. For visitors from Australia's far northern states or hotter countries which don't experience Autumn, it is a spectacular season to enjoy whilst exploring the the city.
It is the simple enjoyment of this season that is fun to watch. The occasional rush of wind through the trees can cause a leaf shower, with children of all ages seen scrambling to catch them as they fall. Autumn is also a fun time for kids to scoop them all up and throw them at each other, lie in them and roll in them down grassy hills. Or - if they are anything like my brother - stuff the wet ones down their sisters T-shirts!
Canberra locals suggest we enjoy the warm Autumn days while they last, as temperatures will drop after ANZAC Day and within days it will feel like Winter (note to self - take an extra jumper to the ANZAC Day Dawn Service!). With not much time left to spare, why not get the kids out of the house this weekend and check out some of these city locations to immerse yourselves in some good old fashioned, Autumn leaf fun.
Telopea Park in Barton is an ideal place to start your Autumn fun and appreciation in Canberra city. Located just a few minutes drive from the CBD, this park is well known for its Autumn glory, with different hues of yellow, orange and red and an abundance of fallen leaves to roll in. The tall Poplars are the main feature of this park, cutting an impressive sight all lined up in a row in their Autumn finery. Whilst there, why not enjoy a picnic or fill up an esky and have a BBQ at the many free BBQ's around the park, before the kids enjoy a play in the playground nearby.
Enjoy a BBQ amongst the Autumn colour at Telopea Park, Barton
Patrick White Lawns on Lake Burley Griffin is another fun place to take the kids to pick out some unusual coloured leaves and throw some around. Positioned in front of the National Library, Patrick White Lawns are an enjoyable place for the kids to play whilst enjoying the Autumn weather. The whole length of the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore is also a stunning sight as the seasons change, so perhaps take a walk and collect some different leaves for the kids to flatten at home later.
Glebe Park is located on Bunda Street, one of the main roads that run through the CBD. This historical park was planted with elms in the late 1850's and some of these original trees remain in the park today. Due to the age of the elms and oaks, which were planted later, this leafy park has a large number of mature trees to shade under and admire their glowing grandeur. This is also the ideal location to wait for a puff of wind and watch your kids try and catch the hundreds of leaves that fall. It is a spectacular sight to see and a game that my young daughter in particular, loves to play. There is also another playground at this popular park, as well as plenty of places to lay out a picnic rug afterwards.
Autumn in Canberra is a whimsical time to enjoy the simple pleasures of being a kid again. It is also free outdoor entertainment for your own kids - and you can't beat free. Thankfully, as Canberra is known as the Garden City, large pockets of green spaces were incorporated into Walter Burley Griffin's city design, so there are countless parks around the region to enjoy these simple pleasures. Take a walk down the roads in Kingston, Barton, Forrest, Acton, Campbell, Yarralumla and many other established suburbs to enjoy the Autumn fall of leaves. If you enjoy combining shopping with Autumn appreciation (and who doesn't?) then take a stroll down City Walk in the CBD, to appreciate the Autumn leaves - before they all disappear.