Earlier this week, we featured part one of our top autumn destinations in Australia. We featured the Adelaide Hills, the Yarra Valley, Cradle Mountain, and the Margaret River Region. The colours and the weather are a winning combination! You may not even realise that you can find some picturesque and amazing Autumn colour scenes in Australia. Get your rental car ready and head out to some of these beautiful places between March and May. Today, we are featuring Melbourne and Bright Victoria, the Hunter Valley and Orange in New South Wales, and Litchfield National Park.

Melbourne, Victoria

Carlton Gardens in Melbourne in Autumn Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Xiquinho Silva – https://www.flickr.com/photos/xiquinho/8022933722/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39098262

Melbourne in Autumn Photo Credit: VisitMelbourne.com

Autumn at The University of Melbourne Photo Credit: Wikimedia Comons

Even though Melbourne is a big city, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the beautiful colours of fall there. During the days you will see bright blue skies and clear, beautiful weather. The deciduous trees that line Melbourne’s streets and suburbs too. The city has so much going on during Autumn, it’s Australian Rules Football Season and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival happens each year in March and April.

Bright, Victoria

Autumn in Bright, Victoria Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By bennovakovic – https://www.flickr.com/photos/bennovakovic/5788254811/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41203494

Bright in Autumn Photo Credit: VisitBright.com.au

Bright in Autumn Photo Credit: VisitBright.com.au

Bright got it’s name for a reason. The beautiful colours of autumn in Bright are quite spectacular. It is only one of several villages in Victoria’s High Country where you can really enjoy a relaxing and beautiful time in the fall. You can also visit Beechworth, Yackandandah and other towns that show off the legacy of the Europeans who settled this land so long ago. The towns are quaint and preserved much of the same way they looked when they were founded during the gold rush. The Australian Alps in the fall feature cool days and cold nights and plenty to see and do.

Hiring a Car in Melbourne

Melbourne Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

As you can see, hiring a car in Melbourne  is easy and convenient because there are so many choices of Budget rental locations throughout greater Melbourne and surrounds. Be sure to tell your Budget agent your travel plans so that they can set you up with the right vehicle to keep you safe and moving along throughout your holiday plans. When you are on holiday in a big city like Melbourne, having your own vehicle gives you the freedom to choose your own itinerary and go where you want. Click on the link above to get a quick and easy rental quote.  If you choose to see the surrounds of the city you can do that too. Here are some other Melbourne holiday ideas from our blog:

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Free Things To Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do Near Melbourne

Melbourne with Kids

Refresh and Relax on the Mornington Peninsula

5 Stops on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road – Road Trip

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Escape to the Countryside South Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges

Outdoor Rock Pools in Melbourne

Outdoor Pools and Baths in Melbourne

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part One

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part Two

Best Foodie Destinations in Australia

Orange, New South Wales

Orange Photo Credit: Australia.com

Cook Park in Orange Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

Moulder Park in Orange Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

Orange is located in New South Wales about 250 km west of Sydney. The climate is cool and it is perfect for vineyards and growing fruit and other produce. The town is quaint with plenty of guesthouses, charming cottages, and bed and breakfasts. There are also classic pubs and great restaurants serving up local, fresh flavours. The scenery in Orange is filled with the colours of fall and there are plenty of parks, but it is also close to the Blue Mountains, which is a World Heritage-listed site.

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Hunter Valley Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By F Delventhal – Flickr: Hunter Valley Means Vineyards, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16222015

Hot Air Balloons over Hunter Valley Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

The Hunter Valley region is just about an hour north-west of Newcastle. It is one of the first wine regions in Australia and is most well-known for the Semillon wine, but it produces other grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho. The rich soil is what produces the excellent growing environment which then results in not only wine, but great food too. There are plenty of arts and culture to explore in the region and you aren’t too far from the coast and the beaches either.

Hiring a Car in Sydney

Sydney Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

It’s convenient and easy to hire a car in Sydney  at one of many convenient locations. If you flew into Sydney on holiday, you can hire a car right at the Sydney Airport. Other locations in Sydney where you can rent a car at a great price include Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. Click through any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car rental rates in Sydney. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel itinerary so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

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Bushwalking in Jamison Valley

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Snow Valley Way: A Delicious Scenic Drive

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Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

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A Spectacular New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to See in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

Scenic Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

Experience the Vast Beauty of Wollemi National Park

Royal National Park

Enjoy the Diversity of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Walking through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Summertime is the Perfect Time for Sydney’s Outdoor Pools

Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sydney

5 Must Do Walks of Sydney

You’ll Love Yengo National Park – Campgrounds

You’ll Love Yengo National Park – Walking Trails

Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Explore the Unique Geographic Formations in Gardens of Stone National Park

Thirlmere Lakes National Park

Brisbane Water National Park: Flora and Fauna

Sydney’s Best Snorkelling Spots

Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory


Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: Pinterest


Acacia Tree in bloom in Litchfield National Park Photo Credit: Pinterest

Litchfield National Park is located in Northern Territory and is known for its dramatic waterfalls and crystal clear natural swimming pools beneath them. Litchfield has a rich history of Aboriginal culture. The Park’s traditional owners are the Wagait Aboriginal people. They still inhabit the area just as their ancestors have for thousands of years. There are so many fun things to do while on holiday in Litchfield National Park. The remote and rugged terrain features untouched features of nature and history including the Lost City, magnetic termite mounds, and local flora and fauna, all nourished by the flowing waters of the Reynolds River. During the fall season, the amazing colours really add to the scenery which is spectacular already.

Hiring a 4WD in Darwin

Northern Territory Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

You will need a four wheel drive vehicle to get around the Northern Territory and the Top End. You can hire a 4WD vehicle  in Katherine, or you can hire a car in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. There are two car rental options in Darwin. Either hire a vehicle at the Darwin Airport or rent a 4WD in Darwin City. All of this remote and rugged terrain driving means taking precautions and being prepared. Travellers should always have updated maps with you and plenty of emergency supplies, petrol, and drinking water. Let someone know where you will be, when you will return, and what your exact itinerary is. Consult with our friendly and knowledgeable representatives and they will help you find the right vehicle for your needs and offer up safety tips and local travel ideas. While travelling through Australia’s Top End, check out these other blog posts about this region:

Australia’s Largest National Park Kakadu National Park

Rivers of Kakadu National Park

National Parks and Reserves in the Northern Territory Near Darwin

Outdoor Destinations in Northern Territory near Katherine

Things to Do in Darwin

Nitmiluk National Park Carved by Nature

Experience a Remote Holiday at Bullo River Station

Journey to Judbarra / Gregory National Park

Litchfield National Park

Road Trip Adventures in the Northern Territory:

The Savannah Way Part One: Daintree Rainforest to Karumba, Queensland

The Savannah Way Part Two: Normanton to Katherine

The Savannah Way Part Three: Katherine to Broome

The Gibb River Road Part One

The Gibb River Road Part Two