If the thought of seeing trees ablaze in the warm, golden hues of autumn appeals to you, then you might want to start planning a trip to New South Wales, Australia, between March and May.

Autumn is when warm days meet mild nights. With the mellow weather, all you need is a light sweater in the evenings.

For selfie and Instagram fans, the beautiful fall colours also offers many opportunities for that perfect shot.

Here are the five best places to experience the splendour of autumn in New South Wales.


Orange is hailed as the “colour city” because of its vivid sights and golden poplars. Come autumn, swathes of gold and bronze poplars line the streets, making it one of the best places in New South Wales to enjoy the season.

The place also has a thriving gourmet restaurant scene.

Royal Botanic Garden

Imagine leafy pathways filled with red, orange, and yellow – gorgeous! There is lots to see and do at the Royal Botanic Gardens throughout the year with seasonal tours of featured plants and guided tours such as the aboriginal heritage tour that gives you the chance to learn more about the indigenous Cadigal people.

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens

One of the best getaway spots to soak in the season and savour the autumn foliage is the Blue Mountains. If you’re driving, be sure to check out Leura, Wenthworth Falls, and Mount Wilson. The peak month to visit for the golden colours is May.


The Cherry Blossom Festival in the Japanese gardens of Auburn Botanic Gardens, Sydney, last year. Photo: Destination NSW

Auburn Botanic Gardens

Just 20 minutes from the Sydney Central Business District is the Auburn Botanic Gardens. The gardens light up during the  annual Autumn Colours Festival that happens in late May. With enchanted mazes, fairy face painters and even a guided walking tour through the Japanese gardens, visitors have many activities to choose from.

Centennial Park

The Centennial Park, inspired by the Victorian era, was once declared by colonial Australian politician Henry Parkes as “one of the grandest adornments of Australia”. It offers vast open gardens, broad parklands, and statues dotting the greenery, with lots of empty benches and a view of the setting sun from the lake. The park is one of the most relaxing places to enjoy the autumn colours. But, if you’re looking for something more active to do, the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre next door lets you try horse-riding through the park.