It’s said that autumn paints in colours that summer never sees, and as the weather cools down across the country, nature is bringing out her masterpiece. Autumn turns on a breathtaking visual display of reds, oranges and golds that can only be truly appreciated by heading outdoors. So pack a picnic basket, fill your thermos flask with your favourite Madura tea, and immerse yourself in autumn’s spectacular seasonal show. We’ve scoured the country to find some of the best locations to see autumn colours …
The best autumn experiences by state
Victoria’s High Country – Just a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne, Victoria’s high country is celebrated for its kaleidoscope of colour throughout autumn. The alpine heights bring a crispness to the air, and tree-lined streets burst with colour as their leaves take on the rich, warm shades of the season. Autumn is anticipated annually not only for its beauty, but for the various festivals and events that showcase the region’s local seasonal produce. Bright, Beechworth, Glenrowan, and Mount Buffalo are perennially popular, but any of the towns or villages scattered between will guarantee colour and character. Recommended Travel Brew: This premium region deserves Madura’s Premium Blend – a black tea as pure as the highland air.
Queensland’s Southern Downs & Granite Belt – The temperature might not drop as low as the southern states, but Queensland still has autumn colour bragging rights when it comes to subtropical climate. Head to Stanthorpe, Warwick and surrounds for an autumn adventure unlike anywhere else in the Sunshine State. An already striking ‘big country’ setting, the region really turns it on with deciduous trees creating a carpet of colour among the natural bushland and granite boulder setting. Recommended Travel Brew: Madura’s Organic Green Tea’s qualities reflect those of this lush and fertile region: pure, refreshing and invigorating!
The Southern Highlands of New South Wales – Diverse regional landscape makes for show stopping displays of colour. Bowral, the largest of its towns approximately 90 minutes from Sydney, was planted with deciduous trees in the late 1800’s to give it a more ‘English’ feel. Fast forward to today and visitors are treated to stunning display of mature trees that colour the season with autumnal foliage. Put Modiart on your list – the classic garden spans five acres and is planted with specimen trees such as giant sequoia, red oaks, golden elms, chestnuts, London plane trees, copper beech, dogwood, tulip trees and cypress, that make for a dazzling displays of colour. Recommended Travel Brew: Madura’s English Breakfast Tea of course - a nod to the region’s British influence.
South-Western Australia – You really can’t go past The Blackwood River Valley for an autumn adventure in the west. With tree-lined streets, parks, and gardens featuring meandering trails, and a climate that’s neither too hot nor too cold, it’s the ideal location for a walking exploration of the regional red, yellow and gold tones. Balingup Tree Park features deciduous trees from all over the world, and towards the end of Autumn indigenous karri trees begin to shed their bark, exposing the beautiful pinky-gold hue beneath. Recommended Travel Brew: Toast the karri trees with Madura’s Australian Lemon Myrtle Herbal Infusion Tea – another great ambassador of our country’s indigenous flora.
Tasmania - With its southern-most location, diverse range of habitats, and wild country areas, Tasmania takes the crown when it comes to autumnal brilliance. From coast to coast you’ll find evidence of autumn everywhere, delivering the full spectrum of the season. From Hobart to Launceston and Swansea to Strachan, beeches, elms and oaks shed their leaves in cascades of colour. Check out the Royal Botanical Gardens, Mount Field National Park and Cradle Mountain National Park for indigenous species, and imported trees from all over the world. Recommended Travel Brew: Madura’s Seven Spice Chai Tea will beat the chill and enhance the vibe of autumn with heady aromatics including cinnamon and cloves.
South Australia – The Adelaide Hills have a well-deserved reputation for striking displays of colour between March – May. While the temperature drops quite dramatically, the change of season brings a unique vibrancy to the region with postcard-perfect towns boasting tree-lined streets and walking trails blanketed with leaves every shade of autumn. At Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, maples, elms, oaks and liquidambar trees are the showstoppers, with plenty of colour lasting right through the season. Recommended Travel Brew: Madura’s Pure Assam is as vibrant and colourful as its regional namesake. It’s the perfect match for your South Australian road trip!
Autumn Colours Closer to Home
Of course, you don’t have to travel far to experience the colours of autumn. At Madura, we celebrate the simple things in life and believe there’s nothing quite so rewarding as taking time out to enjoy the season’s transitional beauty from the comfort of your backyard. Signs of autumn are everywhere: fresh gusty breezes, the changing of leaves, the smell of freshly turned soil as you prepare your vegetable patch for autumn crops. Cozy up in your favourite chair on the verandah, pull a blanket over your knees, and pour a relaxing Madura cuppa to savour the exotic sights, smells and sounds of autumn. Or grab the kids and take a walk around your neighbourhood to the local park or nature reserve. You’ll notice the familiarity of your everyday environment change throughout March to May. Beautifully-coloured autumn leaves and fat pine cones are great ‘treasure finds’ for kids, and double as terrific seasonal décor items. Kicking through fallen autumn leaves is one of life’s great joys, so burn off some energy by revisiting your childhood and joining in the fun! Pack a thermos flask for your favourite brew and make a morning or afternoon of it.
Tea and Autumn – The perfectly natural pairing
Tea is the perfect companion to autumn’s cool days and crisp nights—even its rich colour and fragrant scent is synonymous with the sensory splendour of autumn! Try one of our twenty plus quality blends to add a burst of flavour and vitality to your autumn days. Do you have a favourite place to experience autumn colours? We’d love to hear about them. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram and simply just tag us on your favourite Autumn spot – we would love to hear from you! For more information on our tea estate or any of our brews, phone (02) 6670 6000 or visit our Madura online store
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