Find Canberra’s best autumn leaves

Autumn in Canberra is a magical time of year, where the city comes alive with the stunning colours of autumn foliage. From vibrant reds to golden yellows, the changing leaves provide a breathtaking backdrop for exploring the city. If you’re looking to find Canberra’s best autumn leaves and the most Insta-worthy locations, then you’re in the right place!

Check out these top spots to find Canberra’s best autumn leaves.

One of the best places to see autumn foliage in Canberra is at Lake Burley Griffin. Take a stroll around the lake’s edge and soak up the picturesque views of the colourful trees. For those who enjoy cycling, you can also hire a bike and ride around the lake to capture the perfect autumn shot.

The Inner North and Inner South areas of Canberra are also fantastic spots to explore during autumn. Take a drive or walk through suburbs like Braddon, O’Connor, and Kingston, and you’ll be greeted with rows of stunning trees displaying their autumn colours.

For a more secluded and peaceful autumn experience, head to Grant Crescent and Flinders Way in Griffith. This area is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets, and during autumn, it’s transformed into a leafy wonderland. Grab a coffee from a local café and take a leisurely stroll while enjoying the stunning foliage.

If you’re looking for something a little more organised, the National Arboretum is a must-visit. This picturesque destination is home to over 44,000 trees, including a variety of deciduous species that are known to put on an incredible display during autumn. Take a guided tour or wander around at your own pace to see the best of what the arboretum has to offer.

Autumn in Canberra is a spectacular time of year, and there are so many incredible places to see the autumn foliage. From the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin to the peaceful Grant Crescent, there’s something for everyone. So, grab your camera and get ready to find Canberra’s best autumn leaves and capture the most Insta-worthy locations!

What is The Leaf Collective?

The Leaf Collective has been created by Canberrans and was built and trailed by Social Marketing @ Griffith. The Leaf Collective is contributing to the prevention of algal blooms in Canberra’s waterways. Since launching the pilot program in 2021 more than 345,000L of leaves have been diverted from storm water drains. The program is supported by the ACT Government.

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