Although Australia is not overly famous for beautiful fun filled autumns, I believe it is the best time of the year!

It’s a time when the temperatures begin to cool, if like me you come from a cooler/cold climate autumn has a stunning balance of ‘warm days’ and cooler nights. Although of course there is always a chance of rain and some very dramatic thunder storms!

Autumn in Australia begins on March 1. This is actually some 20 days before the March equinox when day and night are finely balanced at 12 hours each and the day begins to shorten as it cools towards winter.

With the coming of autumn sees some of the best festivals and the autumn horse racing scene is very strong. If you like to pull out your best dress/suit and spend a day in a field horse racing is the thing for you!

  • Melbourne’s Moomba Festival reaches its climax on Victoria’s Labour Day.
  • Australian cities and towns may hold St Patrick’s Day parades in March.
  • The Easter period is the time of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
  • The Vivid Sydney festival is expected to open in May.

There is no let-up in horse racing events throughout the autumn with most racing venues holding Autumn Racing Carnivals.

The big horse racing event in Sydney in the autumn is the Golden Slipper, the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.

Once you have finished with your day at the races it is well worth getting out of the cities for at least a day trip to see some of Australia’s incredible national parks and wild life.

There is a magical quality to autumn when the leaves start to change colour, from green to yellow, orange and varying shades of red.

Unfortunately, you won’t see masses of colourful foliage in the country’s north and in fact in most Australian cities, except perhaps in Canberra where large numbers of deciduous trees exhibit more dramatic seasonal changes.

Tracts of wilderness, such as in New South Wales, comprise large numbers of non-deciduous conifers, eucalypts and other evergreens that do not shed leaves even in the cold of winter.