Chasing the colours of Autumn

It is my favourite time of year! The sun is still shining bright, and the trees burst into colour!

Every year I look forward to exploring some of my favourite trails, gardens and places to view the beautiful colours. Offering not just beauty but an opportunity for play in the parks and some beautiful walks. No matter what age you are the adventure and wonder that autumn offers is something for all to enjoy!

Here are a few of my favourite family friendly places in the Melbourne area that in my opinion show case the colours at their best!

Sea Winds gardens

The perfect place to bring the family for a picnic or a light stroll.

The viewing points offer a picturesque outlook all the way across the Mornington Peninsula.

Walking trails:

Sea Winds is also a great point to join onto the Two Bays trail for to walk down to the McKellar Dam or you can do the whole 28kms through bushland, including coastal views and access points all the way to Cape Schank lighthouse.

Mountain biking:

If you’re into the your mountain biking the trails here are brilliant, access points can be found signed in the gardens.

Adventure PT:

To add to your experience in Sea Winds, why not book in for a guided training session connecting even deeper to the beautiful space and nourishing your body with movement.

Arthurs Seat chairlift:

The new chairlift is definitely an upgrade to the historic one I used to enjoy as a child, the views are phenomenal, and it’s a great way to access the gardens in style.

Autumn leaf viewing times:

Depending on the season, but usually from Easter on to May.


Wheelchair accessible following the paths in the gardens.

Dog friendly?

Not here, due to the existing native wildlife, including many kangaroos!!

Extra information:

Plenty of extra information can be found on the Parks Vic website.



My incredible home town!

The walk along the river is buzzing with colours through out April into May.

You can choose the 2 km circuit or something longer but the stroll is easy and beautiful the whole way around, enjoying the ducks, sounds of the river and of course the beautiful colours.

The whole town is welcoming and will offer delicious fresh and seasonal produce to enjoy from any of the many wonderful cafes.

Adventure Personal Training:

If you’re looking for some guided adventure, and training then the Aqua Duct trail and Mt Donna Buang summit is one of the beautiful locations that you can train with me in adding to your time here in this beautiful town.

If you’re visiting on a Friday be sure to come along to my community fitness class at the Redwood Community centre.


The route and town is wheelchair friendly

Dog friendly?

It sure is, many people enjoy taking their dogs around the river and in for swims.

More around the area:

Be sure to check out the walk happening April 22nd, through some of Noogee’s most beautiful and historic landmarks to enjoy 18kms of autumn beauty! Raising funds for the local CFA its a walk for a great cause.

Follow the link for more information:

Extra information:

You can can find a lot of helpful and great information on the warburton info website



The National Rhododendron gardens

Located in the beautiful Dandenongs this garden is stunning! The perfect place for a picnic, Easter egg hunt, or simply a stroll to enjoy all the beauty.


Wheelchair accessible throughout the whole park following the trail.

Dog friendly?

Not this one


Donation that goes back to the maintenance and care of the gardens.

Extra info:

Go to the parks vic website.

Photography by Aaron Jansen





Alfred Nicholas memorial gardens

I love this beautiful garden, it’s an amazing location for photographer, or art enthusiasts to let their inspiration run wild.

It’s amazing for picnics, and walks taking in the plants including the towering Mountain Ash trees that are native to Australia.


It is wheelchair accessible but there are a few good slopes and it doesn’t include all of the trails.

Dog friendly?

Yes, i’ve often taken dogs here for a play but they have to stay on their leash.

Extra information:

Go to the Parks Victoria website.


Photography by Aaron Jansen



Enjoy this picturesque season!!



Published by jdv05

I'm an Exercise Scientist leading Personal Training and active tours around Parks Victoria protected spaces of Warburton and the Mornington Peninsula. A lover all things movement, incorporating nature into our sessions and personal workouts. I spent 2014 in Japan working as a tour guide and researching trails and writing active trips for both Australia and Japan. I enjoy competing in fun runs and trail runs, with my favourite being the Two Bays trail run. You can check out some of my workouts and fitness tips on my personal blog, Qualifications include: Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science, Certificates III and IV in fitness, Level 1 instructor in Mat Pilates, Wild fitness trainer, Level I and II boxing instructor, Surf instructor.

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