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The best places to see autumn leaves in Victoria

Here's where to see a riot of red, orange and yellow leaves this autumn

Written by
Cassidy Knowlton
Adena Maier
Eliza Campbell

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons, with deciduous leaves changing colour to the warm, crackly colours of autumn before dropping to the ground. 

If you're keen to make the most of this fleeting season, here are the best parks and gardens in Victoria for you to visit to see the changing leaves.

Want more outdoor adventures? Here are the best day hikes in Melbourne. And if you want to see the gorgeous waterfalls of our state at their absolute autumn peak, we've compiled a list of absolute stunners.

Just 90-minutes drive from Melbourne, the pristine natural environment of Marysville make it the perfect place to indulge in autumnal delights. From lush forests with impressive waterfalls – including natural wonders like the 85-metre Big Tree – to the quaint streets of the main village, this mountain town is awash with reds, oranges, yellows and greens. Oh, and keep an eye out for wallabies and lyrebirds. 

Eliza Campbell
Editor, Time Out Melbourne
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These low mountain ranges are just 35 kilometres east of Melbourne. There are seven gorgeous gardens that make up Dandenong Ranges National Park, and autumn is the perfect time to visit them to enjoy their gorgeous changing leaves. The most spectacular in autumn are Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Alfred Nicholas Gardens, George Tindale Memorial Garden and RJ Hamer Arboretum. The park is free to enter and open every day. 

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Researchers have dated these jaw-dropping caves back to the Devonian period, which was about 300-400 million years ago. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through layers and layers of limestone rock. The formations inside the caves were created by rainwater seeping through cracks in the roof depositing calcite and crystallising in the form of stalactites and stalagmites. The valley surrounding the caves is full of huge European trees, which make for a stunning show in autumn.

This sweet, South Gippsland country town just so happens to be surrounded by the famed hills of the Strzelecki Ranges – meaning it's bathed in autumnal colour and the seasons change. Wander down the Mirboo main drag through an ocean of orange, to take a walk around Baromi Park for impressive golden ash trees that live up to their names. Just along the highway (towards Leongatha) is Mossvale Park, which is transformed into an oasis of colour thanks to some mighty towering European trees

Eliza Campbell
Editor, Time Out Melbourne

Just 15km from Castlemaine is Australia's first national heritage park, which includes remains of gold rush house sites and machines that were used to dig up the precious substance. The park is perfect for bushwalking, cycling and gold fossicking, if you'd like to try your hand. The Goldfields Track is perfect for a stroll, and the deciduous trees are a delight in autumn. 

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