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Best Places in Sydney to go for Autumn Colours

By: Zona Marie Tan-Sheppard, 12 February 2020

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Sydney is a gorgeous evergreen city all year round – so when autumn comes around you’ll want to know our secret spots for a taste of a northern hemisphere autumn foliage bursts of gold and reds. We love that the autumn cool is pleasant weather to linger around the Sydney gardens or parks to give the little ones a crunching sensory experience almost any time of the day. We hunted down the best spots for your kids to delight in the changing colours of autumn, or just kick some leaves.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Mrs Macquarie’s Road, Sydney
Opening hours are seasonal. Free.

The Royal Botanic Gardens really is the most beautiful spot to while away as much or as little time as you choose. It’s the perfect place to stop and recharge when you’ve been out and about with your kids in the city. There is something otherworldly about the space and while the kids are still young enough to believe in fairies, it is a magical place for them to play and let their imaginations run wild.

Centennial Park

Eastern Suburbs, Sydney
Open daily between sunrise and sunset. Free.
We love the amazing colours that come alive in Centennial Park when autumn is in full swing. The southern side of the Duck Pond bursts into a spectacular sight of red, yellow and orange leaves. Now, this is the place to kick leaves! Also, a gorgeous sight is the Tibouchina or Lasiandra trees around the parklands, easily recognisable by their full bursts of purple flowers in the autumn months. Fearnley Grounds offers everything families needs: food, bikes, cycle tracks, toilets just to name a few. There is also heaps of fun activities and workshops for kids during their Autumn Program.

Auburn Botanic Gardens

96 Chiswick Rd, Auburn
Open daily. Adults $4. Children and Auburn residents free.

A little known parkland located 20 minutes west of the CBD, the Auburn Botanic Gardens is a great place for the kids to explore and find the creatures of the rainforest, a jolly swagman at the billabong and meet kangaroos, wallabies and emus at the Fauna Reserve. There is also bird aviary and lakes with fish and ducks. In Autumn it is at its most colourful, spectacular best in the native garden. There is a picnic area with BBQs and an accessible playground to make a visit to this picturesque park a fun day out.

Camellia Gardens

104R President Avenue, Caringbah South
Open daily. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Free.

Located in Caringbah and overlooking the gorgeous Yowie Bay, the Camellia Gardens is absolutely stunning in autumn when the camellia flowers are in bloom. The beautiful Camellia Gardens Teahouse overlooks the gardens and is the perfect location for Devonshire tea, high tea, breakfast or lunch.

Wahroonga Park

Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
Open daily. Free.

A small but truly loved park, Wahroonga Park is a special beautiful oasis for North Shore mums! The spacious park is accessible in the heart of Wahroonga village and the upgraded playground has given mums the opportunity to sit back and let the kids entertain themselves - from toddlers to tweens. When autumn arrives, sections of this park near Wahroonga Station transforms into a magical array of reds where the azaleas are planted.

Rumsey Rose Garden

Corner of Pitt St and Macquarie St, Parramatta
Open daily. Free.

The Rumsey Heritage Rose Garden is a beautiful municipal heritage rose garden within Parramatta Park. It is a unique garden featuring over 500 species of roses donated by the Rumsey family and a few deciduous trees that creates a golden atmosphere to the gardens in autumn. The nearby Murray Gardens also boasts a spacious, manicured gardens with a lovely, unique landscape designed to highlight the historic water patterns made by its ponds and water features, including the charming convict-era stone bridge over Murray Gardens Creek.

Cattai National Park

Off Wisemans Ferry Road, Hawkesbury River Region
7am to 7pm daily. Free.

On the south banks of the Hawkesbury River, the Cattai National Park is a large area with many picnic shelters and woodfire barbecue areas. This would be a great place for families with older kids, as the surrounding area is perfect for outdoor activities like waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, space for the kids to run around and ride their bikes or even spend a weekend family camping. In May, the campsite is a carpet of autumn leaves with such a dreamy atmosphere. The Hawkesbury becomes a gorgeous kaleidoscope of colour from deep reds to golden yellows from the plane and maple trees scattered along the banks of the river.

Further Afield

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah
Open daily. Free.

Behold a dazzling display as trees are set ablaze with red, orange and gold. The autumn display at the Botanic Gardens is one of the most popular in the Blue Mountains region and optimal conditions – a combination of warm days and cool nights – resulted in an especially dramatic show of colour! Visitors should drop in during May before the leaves fall down, and are urged to check out the Plant Explorers Walk, Brunet Garden, the Formal Garden, and the trees near the Visitor Centre for extra special displays. 

Southern Highlands
Open daily. Free.

Less than 2 hours drive away, Bowral comes alive with autumn foliage as many of the village’s deciduous trees were planted around the late 1800s in an effort to make Bowral look more like England. In autumn, the deciduous trees and shrubs around Buskers End at St Clair Street and oaks in Station Street create a brilliant display worth travelling for.

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