In Mount Macedon, the sprawling gardens of Tieve Tara are alive with maples, liquid ambers, silver birches and pin oaks in transformation, while nearby stately homes and gardens offer more postcard-perfect scenes.
Gardens of delight
Just out of Melbourne, the towns and gardens of the Dandenong Ranges provide some unbeatable leaf peeping opportunities.
Maples, beech trees and a pretty lake framed by golden ginkgos paint an idyllic picture at Sherbrooke's historic Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens. Nearby, George Tindale Memorial Gardens, and the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden in Olinda, provide equally spectacular autumnal vistas.
Country drives, golden days
Unfurl your map, make your pick and hit the highways and country lanes. Regional Victoria is filled with even more opportunities for autumnal splendour.
Kick up leaves and breathe in crisp country air on a ramble though the tree-blessed towns of Castlemaine and Daylesford. Be sure to visit Lake Daylesford, where maples and weeping willows turn a resplendent red and gold.
East of Melbourne, the streets and parklands surrounding Healesville and Warburton provide their own dazzling parades of russet and yellow foliage. While in Gippsland, the stunning town of Walhalla, surrounded by mountains and filled with deciduous trees, is a superb spot for an autumn weekend break.