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Instagrammers, charge up those iPhones. Photographers, polish your lenses.

That’s right, it’s that time of year when the most competitive sport in Canberra becomes ‘Who can get the best shot of autumn leaves for the ‘gram’.

Your best bet? Checking out the ACT Gov’s Autumn Leaves map (complete with photos!). It shows some of the best annual colour shows across the city, so you can be sure of a great shot.

For more ideas, check out the Map here—and if you think they’ve missed a spot, you can send in your own snaps to help them rectify the matter.

While we know it may seem a little early to be posting about autumn, we promise there’s some foliage near you that’s already looking a sunset-y.

Plus, once autumn gets into full swing—you’ll know exactly where to go. Here are some of our favourite autumnal locations—the perfect place for a stroll and a snap.

Flinders Way

Walking up Flinders Way from Captain Cook Crescent to Canberra Grammar School you will be treated to a gorgeous display of autumn foliage (and, if you’re lucky, some great dog spotting too).

Perfect on misty mornings too.

Molonglo River + West Basin

For lots of rich reds and the crisp crunch of orange leaves beneath your boots, take a drive out to the shores of the Molonglo River.

Key vantage spots include Orana Bay and Yarralumla’s Western Park.

Lake Burley Griffin

Take a stroll around the Foreshore or, if you’re looking to warm up a little, power your way around the Bridge to Bridge 5K circuit.

Look out for autumnal leaves resting on the water or a classic red foliage reflection shot. You’ll find these are particularly effective on the stretch between Commonwealth Avenue and the lawns of Old Parliament House.

Otherwise, take a look from across the other side on the bike paths passing the International Sculpture Garden towards the Australian National University. Frame your snap of Parliament House with the orange and yellow poplars that line the path.

National Arboretum Canberra

Get some height over the city by giving the Arboretum a visit. The Birch Forest offers endless lines of delicate orange branches, or alternatively, with a little more elevation you’ll be able to snap panoramic views of the city’s amber canopy.

Lyneham–O’Connor–Turner bike path

Like most of the old Canberra suburbs, Turner—along with Ainslie, Forrest, Kingston and Griffith—is perfect for autumn neighbourhood walks and chilly ‘grams with nostalgic vibes.

The autumn foliage fragments the sunlight lighting the way along the bike path following Sullivans Creek from Barry Drive to Mouat Street, particularly during the holy 4pm golden hour.

Honourable Mentions

  • The fabulously red Chinese Pistachio trees lining Friendship Street, Red Hill
  • The bright yellow American Elm Trees on Grant Crescent, Griffith
  • If you’re in the mood for more water views, head out to Black Mountain Peninsula

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