Mobile Living Made Easy Australia Issue 15 - Page 11

FEATURE — GREAT AUTUMN GETAWAYS
BLUE MOUNTAINS , NSW
Autumn is the season when nature really puts on a show in the Blue Mountains . The abundance of deciduous trees becomes a magnificent sea of red , yellow and orange . One of the top spots is nearby Wentworth Falls where there ’ s a tunnel of trees lining Sinclair Crescent . There are plenty of BBQs , playgrounds and great walking tracks along the edge of the lake . Everglades Garden in Leura , Botanic Garden Mount Tomah , and Hawkin ’ s Family Garden are also a favourite .
HUNTER VALLEY , NSW
The Hunter Valley is Australia ’ s oldest and best known wine region with more than 150 wineries . Autumn is ideal for visiting the stunning region as its temperatures are pleasant and there ’ s typically minimal rain . As it ’ s after the harvesting period , it ’ s a photographer ’ s dream as the region is painted in warm shades of orange , brown and green .
GREAT BARRIER REEF , QLD
The Great Barrier Reef is already on a bucket list for many . If you ’ re looking to experience something truly special , plan to visit in early Autumn . You ’ ll be able to catch the end of the sea turtle hatching season . Nesting season typically takes place from late November to late March . Then , after about 60 days , the hatching occurs . Turtle hatchings can usually be seen from February to April . Mon Repos Beach , Lady Elliot Island and Great Keppel Island are some of the best places to experience this .
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YARRA VALLEY , VIC
Only an hour ’ s drive from the heart of Melbourne City , the Yarra Valley offers breathtaking scenery and is a must-see during Autumn . The turning of the season brings new beauty to the wine region , gardens and forests this season . Surrounded by deciduous trees , Silvan Reservoir Park is ideal for taking in the colours and surroundings .
ADELAIDE HILLS , SA
Admire spectacular autumn foliage at the scenic Adelaide Hills . One of the best locations to see this is Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens . If you ’ re into bike riding , there are great tracks and trails nearby . About an hour away from Adelaide Hills , you ’ ll be able to see luminous green , glowing fungi at what ’ s called Ghost Mushroom Lane . The Ghost Mushroom Lane visitor site is located within a known mushroom breeding ground , among commercial pine forests near Glencoe , just 16km from Mount Gambier .
BLACKWOOD VALLEY REGION , WA
In Western Australia , one of the best regions to view Autumn foliage colour is the Blackwood Valley region . The towns of Balingup , Bridgetown and Nannup have ideal climatic conditions to enable many deciduous trees to reach their full colour potential , namely cold evening temperatures and dry autumn days .
MOUNT FIELD NATIONAL PARK , TAS
Wander around Mount Field National Park and you will see ' The Valley ' in all its Autumn glory . Mid-April is when the ‘ Turning of the Fagus ’ happens . The Fagus is Tasmania ’ s only cool climate deciduous tree . It lives deep in the heart of Mount Field National Park and every year it changes the colour of its leaves for a few weeks around mid-April .
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