Autumn is a season of dramatic transition. As the landscape transforms with rich colours and the days cool, it's the perfect time to plan a nature getaway in regional Victoria.

We’ve picked some of the best spots in state forests to immerse yourself in the vibrant scenery and colourful displays, as well as great places to stop and enjoy local seasonal produce along the way.

Less than 2 hours from Melbourne

Powelltown Picnic Area

Just an hour and a half from Melbourne CBD, this family-friendly picnic area is just off the main road in Powelltown and a great starting point for exploring the Yarra State Forest. Reid’s tramline, an easy 6km loop walk, starts here and other popular walks can be found nearby.

Werribee River Walk and Picnic Area

An hour from Melbourne’s west is Werribee River Walk and Picnic Area. Nestled in a quiet forest valley, the site’s peaceful ambience is thanks to the gentle sounds from the river nearby. With a scenic drive through native forest and a 4.5 km circuit walk along the river to Carrolls Spring, there’s plenty of opportunities to take in the autumn scenery.

Ada Tree Walk

Discover one of Victoria’s largest trees believed to be more than 300 years old on the Ada Tree Walk. This giant mountain ash towers over the surrounding cool temperate forest at 76m tall.

The awe-inspiring tree and accessible boardwalk make this is a popular site, so autumn is a great time to visit when it’s quieter. Enjoy local seasonal produce along the way at the many cafes in Warburton and Yarra Junction, or a hot pub meal at the historic Launching Place Hotel.

Longer stays in regional Victoria

Poplars Campground

Located along the picturesque Loch River in Gippsland, this spacious campground is renowned for its stunning European poplars. With year-round 2WD access, it’s an ideal destination for a tranquil getaway. Conveniently close to Noojee township, you can enjoy a visit to the local café, bistro or the popular Noojee Pub.

While exploring the area, be sure to check out the historic Noojee Trestle Bridge and the breathtaking Toorongo Falls.

Doctors Creek Reserve Campground

Travelling as a group? This campground on the banks of the Goulburn River has a large grassy area perfect for bigger groups and easy access to fishing spots. A relaxing place to set up camp and only a few minutes’ drive from the township of Jamieson and Mount Terrible Wines.

A large grassy campground with picnic tables among tall trees

Page last updated: 13/06/24