Autumn in Australia is a stunning season offering a great diversity of colours, temperatures, events and experiences for the whole family to enjoy. From March to May you can witness an impressive display of fiery foliage across various parts of the country as our deciduous trees lose their leaves. Here are a few ways to make the most of Autumn in the land down under.
1.Wine tasting in the Clare Valley
One of our favourite past-times at this cosy time of year is wine tasting. Australia has so many wonderful wine regions to visit. One of the oldest wine regions in the country is Clare Valley in South Australia. Famous for its Riesling wine, the Clare Valley's mediterranean-style climate is perfect for producing high quality Riesling, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. There are more than 40 wineries in this area and from 15 to 17 May the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend gives visitors the chance to sample the year's vintage before the winemaking process is complete. If you head there on "Gourmet Sunday" you can spend the morning visiting cellar doors and grab a spot near a bonfire in the afternoon, and enjoy some regionally inspired cuisine.
Another fantastic wine region to visit during Autumn is the Yarra Valley
Home to over 80 wineries, this region is renowned for producing Australia's finest pinot noir and sparkling wine, along with an array of other cool-climate wines. There are many self-drive wine trails and you can pick up plenty of delicious goodies to pop in your picnic hamper alon the Yarra Valley Food Trail or at the many fresh food markets in the area.
2. Go for a walk
There a lots of wonderful walking trails you can use to take un-guided walks across Australia. Australia.com's Walking Australia Page lists many of these epic from Australian Alps Walking Track which crosses three states to the Heysen trail which lets you experience the best of South Australia's varied scenic beauty.
But if you want to completely immerse yourself in nature whilst still enjoying the comfort of eco-lodges and gourmet meals, The Great Walks of Australia are fabulous solution. These guided, multi-day walks are an amazing opportunity to make a pilgrimage through some of Australia's most spectacular landscapes, from Tasmania's pristine habitats to the rugged outback of the Northern Territory.
3. Spanish Film Festival
There may be a few rainy, windy or foggy nights in Autumn when you think - rather than brave the elements, perhaps I should have a night in? The 2015 Spanish Film Festival is the ideal way to still have a night out but stay warm and cosy! This year the festival is giving Australians the chance to experience 38 outstanding contemporary Spanish language films including the comedic gem, 'Spanish Affair', one of the biggest Spanish box office hits in history. The festival is running in several major cities on different dates in April and May. To check the programme in a city near you visit spanishfilmfestival.com.
'Get Married If You Can' - Source: spanishfilmfestival.com
4. Derwent Valley Autumn Festival
Whether you're a professional photographer or just love taking selfies with your smartphone, its almost impossible to take a shabby photo in Tasmania's Derwent Valley in Autumn
. The riverbank willows and other trees are ablaze with vibrant reds and golds, and whilst you are visiting this peaceful wilderness make sure you join in the fun during the 2015 Derwent Valley Autumn Festival on 12 April.
This is sensational line-up of free and paid entertainment including live music, book readings, a petting zoo, laser skirmish and even a live snake display! There's also a plethora of market stalls showcasing some of the best local food, wine, plants and handicrafts.
5. Indulge in a spot of gardening
Autumn is an ideal time to rejuvenate a garden for the new season and for next Spring. It's the time to make new plants from cuttings. If you have no idea what will grow in your garden there are some helpful guides like the Autumn Herb, Fruit & Vegies Planting guide
Protect your hands when you tackle the garden with our gorgeous gardening gloves from Annabel Trends.
Designed with durability in mind, the Long Sleeve Gardening Gloves protect your hands as you pick, plant or prune. Every true blue Aussie gardener will want to get their mitts on these gorgeous gardening gloves, they make a practical Australian Gift.
You will look like a gardening goddess with the matching Darling Mums print apron which is great for pottering about out in the yard or baking Autumn goodies in the kitchen.
6. ANZAC Day
One of the most significant fixed-date events in Autumn in Australia is Anzac Day. April 25 marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC Day commemorations are held throughout the country in the form of dawn services, wreath-laying, parades and other related events. The national focal point of Anzac Day commemorations is the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There are also numerous dawn services and parades happening in cities and major towns all over Australia to remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
7. Canoeing and Kayaking on the Brisbane River
Brisbane's wide, mangrove-fringed River winds through the city of Brisbane. There are so many exhilarating outdoor adventures to be had on this scenic waterway. You can kayak past Brisbane's luminous sky-line as the sun sets, abseil the heritage-listed cliffs at Kangaroo Point or walk, cycle or rollerblade over the floating walkways of Brisbane Riverwalk. You might even like to take an evening stroll in the City Botanic Gardens and experience the magic of the city at dusk - including the bejewelled silhouette of the Story Bridge.
Whether you are discovering more of your own country or visiting Australia, Autumn is a magical season to enjoy both the great outdoors and some fun indoor events and activities.