Sure, autumn might be the time we start wearing our warmer gear as temps start to fall. But it’s also without question that one of the best things about autumn is the leaves of trees changing colour and falling to the ground.
There’s nothing like taking a stroll and snapping photos of the reds, yellows, and more. Here in Adelaide, there are a few spots that really put on a show when it comes to the season change.
Our favourite spot to catch the autumn colours in Adelaide is the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, nestled in the Adelaide Hills. Here you’ll find a 1.5-hour loop walk through the lush gardens, as well as plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the Piccadilly Valley views. You can also bring the picnic rug and make a day out of it.
There are plenty of walking trails around Mount Lofty too, where you can take your nature escape to the next level. The 2.5-hour loop from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty is a decent leg burner, especially on the ascent to Mount Lofty Lookout.
From Mount Lofty, you can also jump on a more off-the-beaten-track hike to Bridgewater via the Heysen Trail. Along this trek, you’ll catch stunning vistas of the Botanic Gardens, Cox Creek, and more. This trail is three hours each way though, so you might want to start this one early.
While you’re out in the Adelaide Hills in autumn of 2023, there’s plenty of happenings and things to experience too. Check out the very first Hahndorf Pretzel Festival, indulge at Lot 100’s Tasting Australia day, mosey around some of the best cellar doors and wineries that the Adelaide Hills has to offer, and soak it all up by visiting these pubs in the hilly region with incredible plant-based food.
Everyday throughout the warmer seasons too, usually November to April, you can pick your own strawberries at the Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf. The family farm has been producing the juicy morsels across six generations, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about producing some of Adelaide’s sweetest and best-tasting strawberries.
So jump in the car, or hop on the bus, and head up the freeway to Mount Lofy Botanic Gardens and the Adelaide Hills and enjoy some of the best autumn colours in Adelaide this year!