When it comes to autumn, we start to grow weary as summer fades away. When daylight savings ends, the weather tempts us to stay at home in our comfy beds more than ever. But don't let it get you down, because there's still plenty of things to explore in Melbourne without the weather needing to be warm.
Macedon Ranges The Macedon Ranges is home to several private gardens that radiate with ethereal atmospheres as the leaves drift off the trees.
Forest Glade Gardens, 816 Mt Macedon Rd, is a prime example with European inspired statues but also a Japanese and bonsai section. Take a stroll and get a little lost whilst you're at it - then maybe end with a picnic!
Another place, not too far from Forest Glade, is the Gardens of Tieve Tara, 751 Mt Macedon Rd, with a lake and ducklings to keep the children entertained. Unfortunately it was closed when I visited last year but it re-opened on the 1st March and the pictures look beautiful - it's no wonder why it's been featured on the likes of Getaway and Gardening Australia.
There's also plenty of walking tracks, lookouts and of course Hanging Rock to visit in the Macedon Ranges. Find a map of walking trails here and read more about what you can do in my article here.
Walk to Olinda Falls
Similarly, the Dandenong Ranges is full of gardens and walking tracks to provide an escape and a breather from city life. The walk to Olinda Falls is quite short and the falls are quite small, but it provides a nice stroll and quick stop to feature in a day out.
We did want to try the Sherbrooke Falls trail, however due to fallen trees at that time it was closed. Click here for more information on walks in the Dandenong Ranges.
An extremely popular place in all seasons in the Dandenong Ranges, is the National Rhododendron Gardens,The Georgian Rd, Olinda. The gardens are very large and possess a unique beauty with all the autumn scenery, including cherry blossoms, which I never realised looked like the below picture in their off season.
Cherry blossoms in autumn
The gardens are quite spacious so you can spend a couple of hours walking around and taking photos. There are cute bridges and red telephone boxes for more photo opportunities, but mostly the gardens provide some fresh air being up in the Dandenong Ranges and picturesque scenes.