Autumn – A time of colour and activity
It is safe to say to people in Melbourne don’t quite celebrate the start of autumn like they do the start of spring – the onset of longer, warmer days is hard to top. Nevertheless, after sweltering through their fair share of summer scorchers, the start of autumn is widely welcomed by a great many Melburnians. And not only because it transforms many of the city’s stunning parks with beautiful autumnal red yellows and oranges, but because with so many great events on, it is a fantastic time to be in Melbourne and the state of Victoria.
Autumn gets off to a great start in Melbourne. First there is the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which feature over 200 events that celebrate Melbourne and Victoria’s vibrant food and wine scene. Hot on the heels of all this gourmet activity is the rush and excitement of the Australian F1 Grand Prix. The city then bursts into collective laughter with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which runs for three weeks.
Come Easter the last thing most people are thinking of doing is going down to a beach, but there is one exception. Bells Beach on Victoria’s surf coast attracts large crowds who come to see the world’s best surfers compete for the famous bell trophy. Rugged up on the beach and cliff tops, surfing fans and interested onlookers alike admire the skill and athleticism of the surfers while, it must be said, shivering at the mere thought of being out in that freezing water.
Autumn is a great time to discover grand and rugged mountain ranges of the Grampians National Park. It may be located just three hours from Melbourne, however looking out over the spectacular sandstone ridges you’ll feel a world away. In addition to the spectacular scenery, the Grampians is a hot spot for outdoor activities including bushwalking, rock climbing, fishing and canoeing.
A great way to see the Grampians is by driving the Great Southern Touring Route. This takes in some of Victoria’s most spectacular scenery, following the Great Ocean Road, passing by the Shipwreck Coast, and winding up into the Grampians before continuing to the regional city of Ballarat.
With autumn colouring many of Melbourne’s famous parks and streets with luscious shades of red, yellow and orange, it is great time of year to go explore the city and neighbouring suburbs on your feet. Carlton gardens, Royal Park, Edinburgh Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens in particular will uplift your spirit as you walk under their beautiful trees lit up with glorious autumnal leaves.