Autumn in the Victorian Alpine High Country – spectacular!

by Steven Chater from Trip Plan Australia. Check out Trip Plan’s free Itinerary Planner that will help you make the most of your next road trip through regional and outback Australia.

March through May is a great time of year in Australia – cool crisp air and, in certain parts of the country, fantastic displays of autumn leaf colour.

The town of Bright in Victoria’s alpine high country is one of the best places to see a concentration of autumn colour (along with places like the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, the Adelaide Hills and the Australian Capital Territory).

Road trip Australia, Itinerary Planner - Spectacular trees in Bright, Victoria

Spectacular trees in Bright, Victoria

There is a bit of luck involved in a trip to see the autumn leaves in their full splendor. Have the trees turned yet? Is the sun going to be out to see them at their best? Has there been too much rain and strong wind to blow the leaves off the trees?

We decided to hedge our bets by staying in Albury-Wodonga with the intention of making it a day trip to visit the alpine resort towns.

As it turned out, the Saturday wasn’t the best. We made the most of the day visiting the Archibald Prize exhibition at the Albury LibraryMuseum, and then touring the historical towns of Chiltern, Rutherglen and Corowa.

Sunday morning was sun and clear sky, so it was off to Bright via Yackandandah, returning via Myrtleford and Beechworth.

Road trip Australia, Itinerary Planner - View from Carolls Rd between Yackandandah and Ovens, Victoria

View from Carolls Rd between Yackandandah and Ovens, Victoria

One of the best spots in Bright to see the colour is Centenary Park, which runs alongside the Ovens river.

Road trip Australia, Itinerary Planner - Autumn colours in Centenary Park, Bright, Victoria

Autumn colours in Centenary Park, Bright, Victoria

Road trip Australia, Itinerary Planner - Looking through Autumn colours in Centenary Park, Bright, Victoria

Looking through the colours in Centenary Park, Bright, Victoria

And there’s plenty of colour in town too

Road trip Australia, Itinerary PLanner - Colourful trees in the town of Bright, Victoria

Colourful trees in the town of Bright, Victoria

What a spot for a coffee!

Road trip Australia, Itinerary PLanner - Barnard St, Bright, Victoria

Barnard St, Bright, Victoria

The annual Bright Autumn Festival runs for 2 weeks, which includes taking in open gardens (great if you are staying up in the alpine area for an extended period). Check out the program at http://www.brightautumnfestival.com.au/. We caught the Ivan Gellie big band – great sound!

Road trip Australia, Itinerary PLanner - Howitt Park Soundshell, Bright, Victoria

Howitt Park Soundshell, Bright, Victoria

And the festivals are not restricted to Bright. An institution is the annual “Drive Back In Time”, organised by the Beechworth Old Cranks Motor Club, which is held on the first Sunday in May each year. Part of Beechworth’s main street is closed off for the occasion!

Road trip Australia, Itinerary PLanner - Drive through time, Beechworth, Victoria

Drive through time, Beechworth, Victoria

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Road trip Australia, Itinerary Planner - Map for day trip Albury to Bright, Vic

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2 thoughts on “Autumn in the Victorian Alpine High Country – spectacular!

  1. Barbara Wood

    Great Photos, inspiring stories, I know for sure I will use this excellent app on my phone on my next road trip. Only have to decide if it is Victoria or Tasmania!

    1. Steve Chater

      Thanks Barbara. There’s great places to visit in both Vic and Tas – as there is all round Australia! A bit of planning and good weather at the right time of year can make for a wonderful experience. And with the app on the phone you can always look for other things to do if you strike a rainy day!