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Victoria’s top parks for vibrant Autumn colour delights

Thursday 10 May, 2018


The weather may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great time to get out into a park around Melbourne and Victoria. In fact, the crisp cool weather is perfect for enjoying a bushwalk, taking photos and seeing the stunning Autumn colour.

To see some of the most vibrant changing colours, head to these top places in the next few weeks to experience the gorgeous scenery.

1. The gardens of the Dandenong Ranges

There are seven beautiful gardens in the Dandenong Ranges managed by Parks Victoria and each garden features stunning Autumn colour set amongst the picturesque hills and views of the Dandenong Ranges. The Gardens are less than an hour drive from the Melbourne CBD, free of charge and open every day. The most spectacular to visit at this time of year are Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Alfred Nicholas Gardens, George Tindale Memorial Garden and RJ Hamer Arboretum.

2. Buchan Caves Reserve in far east Gippsland

Buchan Caves Reserve, 360km east of Melbourne, is nestled in a valley full of towering colourful European trees. Enjoy the beautiful picnic areas, pitch a tent in the well serviced campground or explore the underworld wonderland of one or more of the caves. It’s an experience you won’t forget.

3. Vaughan Springs in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Just 15 minutes from Castlemaine, this hidden gem is a beautiful place to enjoy nature and history combined. Kids can ride on the giant slide, skim rocks along the river or walk part of the Goldfields Track.

4. Coolart Historic Area at Somers

Just over an hour from Melbourne’s CBD, Coolart’s historic mansion is set in a delightful garden with wetlands, woodlands and pasture nearby. Enjoy a walk or picnic on the homestead lawns among the Autumn leaves.

5. 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.


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