Typically Canberra's treescape starts to change colour from mid-March continuing to transform until early May. Head to these top three spots to take in the kaleidoscope of colours first-hand, or plan your own autumn colours tour using this interactive map showing some of Canberra’s best streets for striking autumnal displays.

1. Lake Burley Griffin

The central basin of Lake Burley Griffin is truly ablaze with pretty vistas in every direction. Do as the locals do and enjoy the colours on a walk around the shoreline or hop on an e-scooter to see more faster. Take in the changing of the seasons from the water with a one-hour cruise of the lake, during a floating picnic on a GoBoat or during a self-propelled adventure on a Capital Paddle boats. 

Venture further around the lake's edge to see picturesque scene after picturesque scene. Challenge your inner photographer and try your hand at capturing the reflections of autumn leaves like #VisitCanberra fan @ashleymaxted.

2. National Arboretum Canberra

With 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world the National Arboretum Canberra is the perfect spot for watching the trees transform each autumn. See how different species change with the weather, including the pocket-sized trees at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

3. From above

Take a balloon flight with Balloon Aloft to get the ultimate aerial view of a tapestry of colour from above. Watch as the pink, purple and gold colour burst of sunrise gently lights up tree tops boasting autumnal hues. For more than just delicious views opt for your ride to end with a traditional champagne breakfast at the Hyatt Hotel.

Pair your tour of the capital's autumn leaves with these school holiday activities, great autumn events, or seasonal eats.

Canberra is a rare treat among Australian cities, providing a wide variety of activities and experiences based around the four distinct seasons. Plan a return trip to the nation's capital to take in spring's cherry blossom season. 

Headline image by @canberrastrikeapose.