Experience the magic of regional Victoria in all its autumn glory. The crunch of leaves underfoot, an explosion of red, orange and gold foliage. Marvel at nature's spectacular show of colour through March, April and May, in leafy towns, historic parks and along tree-fringed avenues.

Take the Great Alpine Road to the town of Bright. Gateway to national parks and ski slopes, Bright is renowned for its magnificent autumn display. Large deciduous trees, including oaks, elms, poplars and Japanese maples, paint the town in shades of crimson and bright yellow. Come for the Bright Autumn Festival to fully embrace the season and local produce.

Just outside the historic gold rush town of Beechworth (worth a stopover), lies tiny Stanley, known for apple, hazelnut and walnut orchards and pretty autumn scenes. Stroll through town and pick up produce from surrounding barns and farm gates.

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the rolling Macedon Ranges are awash with rich hues in the autumn months. Heritage-listed Honour Avenue in Macedon is the first stop for snap-happy visitors. Park nearby and walk to the avenue for photos of 154 large pin oaks creating a breathtaking orange-red canopy. See the trees at their colourful best in April.

Regional Victoria is filled with picture perfect autumn settings, so hit the highways and country lanes with your camera.

The towns and gardens of the Dandenong Ranges, Healesville and Warburton offer a dazzling parade of russet and yellow foliage. Maples, beech trees and a pretty lake framed by golden ginkgos paint an idyllic picture at Sherbrooke's historic Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens. Nearby, George Tindale Memorial Gardens, and the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden in Olinda, provide equally spectacular autumnal vistas.

In Mount Macedon, sprawling gardens and stately homes are alive with maples, liquid ambers, silver birches and pin oaks in transformation.

Ramble the tree-laced towns of Castlemaine and Daylesford. Visit Lake Daylesford, where maples and weeping willows turn red and gold. And in Gippsland, call at the tiny town of Walhalla. Cradled by mountains and filled with deciduous trees, it's a top spot for a colourful autumn break.

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