Grab a scarf and coat and get outside to celebrate the unique beauty of Canberra’s autumn foliage. Now’s the time to capture your peak autumn aesthetic, whether you wield a DSLR or an iPhone.
1. Lake Burley Griffin
Take a stroll around the Foreshore or, if you’re looking to warm up a little, power your way around the Bridge to Bridge 5K circuit. Look out for autumnal leaves resting on the water or a classic red foliage reflection shot. You’ll find these are particularly effective on the stretch between Commonwealth Avenue and the lawns of Old Parliament House. Otherwise, take a look from across the other side on the bike paths passing the International Sculpture Garden towards the Australian National University. Frame your snap of parliament with the orange and yellow poplars that line the path.
2. Molonglo River/West Basin
For lots of rich reds and the crisp crunch of orange leaves beneath your boots, take a drive out to the shores of the Molonglo River. Key vantage spots include Orana Bay and Yarralumla’s Western Park.
3. National Arboretum Canberra
Get some height over the city by giving the Arboretum a visit. The Birch Forest offers endless lines of delicate orange branches, or alternatively, with a little more elevation you’ll be able to snap panoramic views of the city’s amber canopy.
4. Turner to O'Connor Bike Path
Like most of the old Canberra suburbs, Turner, along with Ainslie, Forrest, Kingston and Griffith, is perfect for autumn neighbourhood walks and chilly ‘grams with nostalgic vibes. The autumn foliage fragments the sunlight lighting the way along the bike path following Sullivans Creek from Barry Drive to Mouat Street, particularly during the holy 4 pm golden hour.
Explore the Canberra Autumn Leaves Map for even more inspiration.