Vivid colour fills the air and the ground, and with so many places to experience autumn’s ever-changing presence, here are a few suggestions.
Arguably Melbourne’s most beautiful time of year, with cultural and sporting events happening all over the place, autumn is also a season where the city’s trees and gardens come to life. Vivid colour fills the air and the ground, and with so many places to experience autumn’s ever-changing presence, here are a few suggestions.
With the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building at one end, and the city’s skyscrapers at the other, Carlton Gardens [1-111 Carlton Street, Carlton] is a pocket of calm amid Melbourne’s hustle and bustle. Kick a footy, throw a Frisbee, or enjoy it as part of your bike ride to work; no matter how you spend your time in Carlton Gardens, you’ll be more relaxed by the end of it. Don’t forget, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show happens here in late March, so sharpen that green thumb.
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With 127 hectares of natural beauty to enjoy, Jells Park [Waverly Road, Wheelers Hill] attracts over a million visitors each year looking for a little escape. As the crisp autumn air picks up, deciduous trees start to lose their green tinge and take on a rainbow of colours. With picnic areas, two separate playgrounds and nine kilometres of bike trails to enjoy, Jells Park is a favourite amongst families, and two separate ovals are available to hire for those larger gatherings. Of course, the jewel in the crown is Jells Lake, a beautiful man-made feature that flows from the Dandenong Creek. Fishing is permitted in certain areas (see Parks Victoria website for more information), dogs on leads are allowed in most areas of the park, and the park is very suitable for those with limited mobility.
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One of the most popular spots for outdoor events, barbecues and get-togethers in the northern suburbs, Coburg Lake Reserve [2A Gaffney Street, Coburg North] comes into its own during autumn. Watch the steam rise from the water as it flows down Merri Creek, or let the kids go wild in one of the two playgrounds. Feed the ducks or watch the birdlife, or learn about the colossus that was Pentridge Prison just across the road. From sunset to sunrise, every minute of the day is beautiful at Coburg Lake. For something really special, wander – or ride your bike – north along Merri Creek and enjoy the cool, fresh air of the creek and seclusion offered by the overhanging trees.
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Nestled in the Dandenongs, the George Tindale Memorial Gardens [33 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke] are beautiful all year round, but when the rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas come out to play in autumn, this place takes on a very special feel. George Tindale (1903 – 1977) was an agricultural scientist and horticulturalist, and his wife, Margaret, was a sculptor whose work you will see within the garden. Since 1980 the Gardens were handed over to the Victorian Conservation Trust, who keep the grounds beautiful, pristine and perfect for a quiet picnic or photography.
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