Autumn in Perth: Local’s Guide to the Must-See Spots (2024)

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Autumn in Perth is one of my favourite times of the year. The air takes on a crisp note, the leaves begin to change colour and the sunsets are some of the best throughout the year to boot (in my opinion).

Across Perth, an incredible array of autumn colours await to be discovered. Here is the ultimate guide to the best autumn hotspots in Perth, including my favourite local gems. Get your camera at the ready!

This article was first published in May 2022, and last updated in December 2023.

When is Autumn in Perth

Autumn in Western Australia is from March to May. The best time to see autumn colours in Perth is generally mid to late-May.

The autumn foliage appears earlier in towns like Dwellingup and Balingup further south from Perth .

Araluen Botanic Park in autumn

Perth Autumn Hotspots

Below are the best spots to see the autumn colours in Perth.

Whilst some of these spots are well known, I’ve also included some of my hidden photo spots across Perth. 

When visiting, make sure you respect the areas and in particular, observe the rules of private property like the orchards. Always ensure you leave no trace by taking any rubbish with you. 

If you’re visiting Perth in autumn, check out my suggested 3, 5 and 7 Day itineraries to discover the best Perth has to offer!

Raeburn Orchards

The Perth Hills are home to some of the best autumn spots in Perth.

Raeburn Orchards is one of the most well known spots for vivid autumn colours. Every May the persimmon trees turn the most spectacular shade of bright orange and red.

Raeburn Orchards is definitely one of the most instagrammable spots in Perth come Autumn!

Entry to the orchards is $5 each, with kids under 12 free (2024 pricing).

Raeburn Orchards is open 7 days from 9am – 5pm. No fruit picking is allowed, but visit their onsite produce shop for fresh-picked fruit from the orchard and a range of local goods like jam and honey.

Raeburn Orchards is also home to Roleystone Brewing Co, one of my favourite cider houses in Perth. 

πŸ‚ Location: 4 Raeburn Rd, Roleystone

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Perth, found in Highgate just a stones throw from the CBD.

During jacaranda season in November, the park is awash with purple flowers but in autumn you’ll find the park covered with crunchy brown leaves. The perfect kind for throwing and taking photos in!

Stroll around the lakes and grab a coffee from nearby BooToo or Chu Bakery.

πŸ‚ Location: Vincent St / William St, Perth

Mounts Bay Road 

Hidden in plain sight below the iconic Kings Park you’ll find a small area on Mounts Bay Rd with beautiful large plane trees.

This underrated spot is great for taking autumn photos. You’ll find the parking area just a little further up Mounts Bay Road, on the side opposite the Old Swan Brewery.

πŸ‚ Location: Mounts Bay Rd, Perth

Borrello Park 

Borrello Park is a hidden gem in the Perth Hills.

This small park has an incredible display of autumn hues found just a few minutes drive from Raeburn Orchards. Plus we were the only ones there! 

πŸ‚ Location: Brookton Hwy/ Billeroy Rd, Roleystone

Subiaco Common

Another hidden gem in Perth is Subiaco Common.

Head to the west end of the park for a walkway lined with orange-brown plane trees for the best autumn colours. 

πŸ‚ Location: Mere View Way, Subiaco

Araluen Botanic Park

Whilst best known for its stunning array of tulips in spring, in cooler months Araluen Botanic Park has a spectacular range of autumn colours. With over 59 hectares in the Perth Hills, this park has an amazing diversity of landscaped spaces to explore. 

Open daily from 9am to 5pm, with an admission fee of $12 per adult and $8 for children aged 6-16 years (2024 pricing).

Explore the hiking trails within the park, or bring a picnic spread to enjoy under the colourful trees.

We took a guided tour through Araluen with Danielle from The Hike Collective – I highly recommend this tour if you want to learn more about the park and discover some of its hidden gems!  

πŸ‚ Location: 362 Croyden Rd, Roleystone

Swan Valley

Swan Valley is one of the best day trips from Perth.

Visit in autumn to see the vineyards changing in colour. Some of my favourite spots include Mandoon Estate, Lancaster Wines and Sandalford Wines. Drop in for a wine tasting or stay for a long lunch. 

πŸ‚ Location: Swan Valley region 30 minutes north-east of Perth

S&R Orchard

S&R Orchard hosts an annual Perth autumn festival that draws visitors to the Perth Hills each year.

Check out their Facebook page for the up to date timings each year. The 2023 Autumn Festival was held on the last two weekends of May and first weekend of June.

This family friendly event includes food vans, tractor rides, an animal farm and bouncy castle for the kids. Bring a picnic blanket and basket to make a day of it. Plus pets are welcome!

Check out the autumn colours on display, complemented by custom designed props to help you get the best autumn photos. 

Entry is $12/adult, $5 kids with children under 3 free. 

πŸ‚ Location: 36 Halleendale Rd, Walliston

Other Autumn Spots near Perth

Head south of Perth on a weekend trip to explore some of the quaint country towns that erupt with stunning autumn colours. 

Dwellingup is just a short 1 hr 15 min drive from Perth.

Stroll around the main street of town to take in the autumn colours on show. Head to Wine Tree Cidery for a cider tasting and soak in the vivid oranges trees in their orchard. Mid-May is the best time to visit for the peak autumn colours. 

Further south 2.5 hours of Perth you’ll find the Golden Valley Tree Park. Known for its mecca of autumn colours, this 60 hectare park is set amongst rolling hills in the small town of Balingup.

The collection of trees found within this heritage listed park makes it the largest arboretum in Western Australia. Visit at the end of April to mid May to see the deciduous display of autumn colours that sweep across the park in shades of golden yellow, orange and deep red. 

Final Thoughts – Best Autumn Perth Spots

That wraps up this guide for the best Perth autumn hotspots. I hope you enjoy exploring Perth this autumn as much as I do!

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