Best places to visit for stunning autumn leaves in Victoria

Yarra valley autum bushes

RACV Staff

Posted March 18, 2022

Check out these beautiful fall spots for Victoria's best autumnal crunch and colour.

As the chill begins to seep in, noses redden, and scarves are retrieved from wardrobes, there’s something magical about the changing leaves of autumn. It’s easy to get away from the stresses of daily life when golden trees line the paths, and a litter of leaves crunch underfoot.

But where are the best places in Victoria to witness all those gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow? We’ve done the research for you on the best places to watch the foilage turn.

10 places in Victoria with great autumn leaves

Bright, High Country

There’s nowhere quite like Bright in autumn. This is the place for cosy evenings in front of an open fire, sampling some of the state’s best local produce, and marvellng at tree-lined streets transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour.

Hire a bike and take in the autumnal hues on a gentle bike ride. The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is a popular option, or take a drive through Victoria’s High Country along the Great Alpine Road.

Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour, Ballarat

Stretching for around 22 kilometres, this tree-lined avenue in Ballarat is one the longest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Incorporating the Ballarat Arch of Victory, the avenue was planted to represent the 3912 local men and women who served in World War I.

In autumn, as the leaves turn myriad shades of red and gold, this is a beautiful spot for a daytime drive.  

Daylesford, Great Dividing Range

With the abundance of scenic walks and waterfalls throughout the region, there’s no shortage of spots to catch the autumnal change in Daylesford. The Lake House is always a beautiful spot for fine dining, with views over a rust-hued landscape adding seasonal drama.

Follow an indulgent lunch with a stroll through Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, or head to nearby Trentham Falls. Ah, the serenity.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

You don’t need to leave Melbourne to immerse yourself in autumn’s beauty. With its wide green spaces, manicured gardens and abundance of trees, a crisp autumn day is best enjoyed at the Royal Botanic Gardens with a picnic blanket, some nibbles, a great camera and good company.

Mansfield, High Country

While this charming town at the base of Mount Buller buzzes with life each winter, don’t discount Mansfield in autumn. Watch the town change from green to red to white as you explore the natural beauty of the lake and local walking tracks.

If you're there on a Saturday, check to see if you can stop by the monthly Farmers' Market on your journey. 

Yarra Valley, Victoria

It’s always a good time of year for a day exploring wineries, and autumn is no exception. Head to the Yarra Valley as row upon row of grapevines turn various shades of copper, gold and amber. 

There’s an abundance of wineries to choose from, each offering its own sliver of beauty, so make a weekend out of it, grab some loved ones, and soak up the cosy, crisp atmosphere only autumn can offer.

Autumn trees with orange leaves

Cloudehill, Dandenong Ranges

Head for the hills in Melbourne’s east for a glimpse of some serious autumnal magic at Cloudehill Gardens. At an altitude of 580 metres, lose yourself in an oasis of 25 garden compartments divided by stone walls and hedges.

Growing on the property since 1928, each garden brings something different, from peonies to bluebells to stunning weeping Japanese maples. Drop into the nursery and take something beautiful home, or have a ride on the Puffing Billy and experience the tranquility of the Dandenong Ranges. 

Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Handily sited at the northern edge of Melbourne’s CBD, city-slickers can stroll through some autumnal glory in the Carlton Gardens on their way to work. Against the glorious backdrop of the Royal Exhibition Building, it’s a beautiful place to catch up with friends on the lawn or steal a few moments to yourself. 

Valley of Liquidambers, Heathcote

Heathcote might be the shiraz capital of Victoria, but it's also rich in natural beauty and breathtaking countryside. Situated roughly 35 minutes from Bendigo, you'll find the Valley of Liquidambers, which blooms in brilliant red, burnt orange and golden desert shades.

Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with a view, before meandering across the swinging bridge that leads back to the main street. 

Mount Macedon

Famous for its foliage, the fallen leaves at Mount Macedon are so popular, they even have their own Autumn Festival each year. Whilst the region of the Macedon ranges is filled with a whirl of orange, red, and gold, some highlights to visit include Macedon's Honour Avenue, which features 154 Pin Oak trees that glisten with autumn coloured hues. 

Visitors may also be interested in viewing the Forest Glade Gardens, or simply enjoying a Sunday drive through the towns that make up the Macedon Ranges as you watch the foilage turn for another autumn season.