Autumn is a favourite time of the year for many people in Australia. As the summer days grow shorter and the air cools, yellows and reds appear among the foliage in parks and gardens around cities and regional towns. There is no lack of autumn splendour in Melbourne with easy access to outdoors where the blue sky, sunshine and autumn leaves paint a colourful picture for both the eyes and camera.
Here is a list of popular places for a day trip or weekend escape to sightsee and enjoy walks among nature before the onset of winter. Add this to your list of top free things to do in April.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Well known to locals for its manicured gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens is easily accessible by train and tram. The deciduous trees bright with autumn colour can be best enjoyed around the ornamental lake on a bright autumn day with a picnic basket.
The avenue of poplar trees are a beautiful autumn accompaniment on route to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Shrine of Remembrance.
Home to the Royal Exhibition Building, this popular garden located in the northern edge of Melbourne's CBD is associated with many events such as the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Big Design Market and GABS. Take an evening stroll to enjoy the sunset and autumn leaves against the majestic backdrop of the Royal Exhibition Building.
Located on the edge of the Melbourne CBD, this garden is popular for its Sunset Series of concerts every summer. Autumn is a good time for a walking tour among the avenue of elm trees after a Must Eats lunch.
A drive into regional Victoria provides a picturesque scene of nature's red, orange and gold. The autumn fashion runway gets more splendid in several towns, parks and gardens framed by maples, beech trees, golden ginkgos, weeping willows, liquid ambers, silver birches and pin oaks.
The Great Alpine Road leads you to Bright. It is best known for majestic autumn displays of bright yellow and crimson from oaks, elms, poplars and Japanese maples dotting the parks in and around the town.
The small town of Stanley just outside Beechworth offers autumn scenery surrounded by walnut, hazelnut and apple orchards.
Less than an hour from Melbourne, the rolling Macedon Ranges are awash with rich hues in the autumn months. Heritage-listed Honour Avenue in Macedon is the first stop for snap-happy visitors. Park nearby and walk to the avenue for photos of 154 large pin oaks creating a breathtaking orange-red canopy. See the trees at their colourful best in April.