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The most Insta-worthy autumn spots in Canberra

Bonnie Burns

It’s time for a new season in your Insta-feed or photography portfolio – one lit by brilliant autumnal shades of orange and amber.

Grab a scarf and coat and get outside to celebrate the unique beauty of Canberra’s autumn foliage. Now’s the time to capture your peak autumn aesthetic, whether you wield a DSLR or an iPhone.

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.

Lake Burley Griffin

Pretty colours and beautiful memories.

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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 with the orange and yellow poplars that line the path.

Molonglo River


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.

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 4 pm golden hour.

Flinders Way

These autumn vibes 🍁🍂💕

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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 dogs too).

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

When you’ve exhausted this list, check out the ACT Government Canberra Autumn Leaves Map for even more inspiration.

Feature image: Martin Ollman

Bonnie Burns

Bonnie Burns is a new intern and addition to the HerCanberra team. She’s a Sydney-sider at heart but give her some time and she’ll be throwing around local café and gallery recommendations with the best of them. When she’s not scrambling to get a degree at the ANU, she’s probably out and about in the city, on a walk or huddling beside a heater. More about the Author