With winter fast approaching, we are inching closer to peak coldness while on the road. Part one of our ‘Autumn adventures’ series saw Victoria’s High Country, New South Wales’s Armidale and Queensland’s Toowoomba all on display. Keep reading to see Caravanning Australia’s recommendations for the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
Northern Territory – Alice Springs
The Northern Territory in autumn is a completely different. It’s pre-hot season in the Northern Territory, and is considered the best time to visit the Top End. Don’t expect the changing shades of leaves in Alice Springs, but do expect a world of fun. Hike Larapinta Trail (known as one of the most challenging walk’s in the country), visit the reptile park, explore the Araluen Cultural Precinct, or immerse yourself in the glorious Aboriginal galleries.
Western Australia – Blackwood Valley Wine Region
With sprawling hills, forests and orchards, the Blackwood Valley Wine Region showcases the beauty of autumn in Western Australia. A short 2.5 hours from Perth, while Blackwood Valley appeals to wine lovers among us, it also accommodates all members of the family. Visit Bridgetown or Balingup and explore the quaint towns, discover the Blackwood River with a riverside picnic or set out on a mountain biking expedition!
South Australia – Adelaide Hills
Ready to explore the autumn foliage of South Australia? Look no further than the Adelaide Hills! Meander down the vibrantly coloured streets of Hahndorf, which showcase the absolute natural beauty of the season. Picnic and nature go hand in hand, so pack a charcuterie platter for a breathtaking lunch at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden – trust us, there’s nothing more picturesque than having a picnic among these stunning gardens.
Tasmania – Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
While Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a phenomenal location to visit at any time of the year, autumn offers quite a unique aspect. The deciduous beech can only be discovered in Tasmania, and its leaves change from a vibrant red to a stunning gold during the autumn months. While in the national park, be sure to set out on a boating tour, hike, mountain bike or take a wildlife tour to fully immerse yourself in this stunning natural landscape!
Pictured is Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Image courtesy of iStock: 473518474