Where to see the best Autumn Colours in Melbourne

Ask any Melbournian what their favourite season is, and I can guarantee most will say Autumn.

We love our distinctive seasons down here in Melbourne, and as the shadows get longer and the air gets crisper, it’s the perfect opportunity to layer up, get outdoors, and enjoy the stunning displays of turning leaves in March, April and May.

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A Melbourne Autumn is really something to behold. If you live in Australia’s more tropical climes, I’d really recommend visiting Victoria at this time of year.

Many parks and gardens in and around Melbourne and regional Victoria are planted with European tree species, which unlike our native flora, put on gorgeous orange, yellow and red displays of colours before the leaves drop off in Winter.

You won’t have to travel far to enjoy Melbourne in its full Autumnal glory, just take a stroll through many of the city’s gardens. Or if you fancy a day out-of-town, pack a picnic, drive up to the hills of the Dandenong or Macedon ranges for the perfect day out. Don’t forget your camera!

Where to head this Melbourne Autumn for Nature’s Kaleidoscope of Colour

Here are some of my favourite locations to see Melbourne’s Autumn colours.

When you get home, why not enjoy one of my Autumn Cocktails to round off the day.

Melbourne CBD

Botanical Gardens Melbourne Autumn

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – Image Credit Visit Victoria

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Without a doubt the city’s most well-known and treasured garden oasis.  Extending over 38 hectares and houses a collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world. There’s always something to see, do or explore in the city’s most loved park. 

Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.

Fitzroy Gardens

A leafy escape that’s just a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s city centre. Reminiscent of Victorian era landscaping, in the gardens you’ll find an ornamental lake, a cafe, a conservatory, James Cook’s English cottage, a model Tudor village, fairy tree, fountains, sculptures and a rotunda amongst its magnificent tree-lined avenues.

The kids will love playing in the big piles of leaves that fall from the elms that line the paths.

230-298 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. 

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Dandenong Ranges

Seven beautiful gardens can be found in the Dandenong Ranges, just 35 kilometres east of Melbourne. Each garden features stunning fiery colours set amongst the picturesque hills and views of the Dandenongs.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens – Image credit Visit Victoria

Less than an hour’s drive from the city and with free admittance, the gardens are open every day.

The most spectacular to visit in autumn are Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Alfred Nicholas Gardens, George Tindale Memorial Garden and RJ Hamer Arboretum.


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Mornington Peninsula

Seawinds Gardens at Arthurs Seat

Visitors can enjoy a network of walking tracks through formal gardens and native bush. Spectacular views over Port Phillip Bay and sculptures in the garden make this a very popular spot. The 34- hectare Seawinds Gardens lie within Arthurs Seat State Park on the Mornington Peninsula, one hour and 15 minutes from Melbourne.

21 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat, Victoria.

Coolart Historic Area at Somers

Coolart Homestead Gardens – Image Credit Visit Victoria

Just over an hour from Melbourne, Coolart’s historic mansion is set in a delightful garden with wetlands, woodlands and pasture nearby. Paths lead to the beach, lagoon and wetlands and the Homestead lawns are the perfect location for a leisurely picnic. Autumn is most definitely the prettiest time to visit with the vibrant hues of the leaves transforming to all the colours of the nature.

Lord Somers Rd, Somers, Victoria 3927

Macedon Ranges

The Avenue of Honour in Macedon is a spectacular tree-lined stretch of road which leads to Mount Macedon Road. The spectacular avenue of oaks honours the 154 men and women of Macedon and Mount Macedon who enlisted for service during the World War I.

Due to the high number of visitors to the region in the peak Autumn season, from April to Early May, temporary traffic management measures are in place to ensure everyone has the best experience.

Tieve Tara


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The Gardens of Tieve Tara undulate across 7.5 acres of sweeping lawns, lakes and trees, with vibrant seasonal colours. Probably the most famous private garden in Macedon, these gardens are open every day in Autumn (1 March to 31 May 2019) with an entry free of $10 per adult, children under 12 free.
751 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon, Victoria.

Yarra Valley

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Early autumn is harvest time in the Yarra Valley and it’s also the perfect season to visit this visually stunning wine region. Vineyards turn a golden hue and exceptional sunsets combine to ensure the region is at its most stunning.

Try Glamping in the Yarra Valley in a Belle Tent, or maybe try a Glamping Pod.

Maroondah Reservoir Park


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The Maroondah Reservoir Park must be one of the regions best kept secrets and about one kilometre past the centre of Healesville. Featuring gardens with stands of native and exotic trees, walking tracks native animals and birds. With plenty of playgrounds and expansive lawns, it’s the perfect place for a picnic.

The historic Rose Stairway which is at its best in Autumn is a popular photography spot.

Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC.


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