The best places to see autumn leaves in regional Victoria
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 marvelling 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.
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.
The Yarra Valley
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.
Valley of Liquid Ambers, 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 Liquid Ambers, 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.
Famous for its foliage, the fallen leaves at Mount Macedon are so popular, they even have their own Autumn Festival each year. While 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 foliage turn for another autumn season.