Looks like summer has said good-bye. And just as COVID19 restrictions are easing and colours of autumn are coming out for our enjoyment. It really is such a wonderful time for kids to get into nature and have some creative, unstructured fun. Here’s some cool places for crunchy leaf stomping and autumn colours.
To help you find great spots to take the kids for some autumn play, here is a Google Map and list of our top picks. Remember, autumn colours also provide a great backdrop for lovely family photos. And we think we’ll also enjoy them that much more this year!
Top Spots for Autumn Colours in and Around Parramatta
Here are our top 10 places to take kids to enjoy autumn colours in and around the City of Parramatta. Nearly all are parks with playgrounds, so you can make a day of it if you want (once playgrounds re-open on Friday 15th May). And if you want to see more photos of our top autumn leaf spots, head over to our Instagram page.
1Parramatta Park, Parramatta
This gorgeous tree can be found in the middle of the rose garden, near the Pitt Street entrance. We easily spent an hour playing there recently. There are also other autumn colours in Parramatta Park, along the river and near the George Street gatehouse and Grounds Keeper Cafe.
Address: Pitt St & Macquarie St, Parramatta | Park: The large Parramatta Park has two playgrounds, open grassed areas, bushland, toilets, BBQs, ducks, cycleway and cafes. | More Details about the Park |
2Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside
This is a beautiful spot to enjoy autumn colours, with a gorgeous setting within the Chinese gardens with the bridge and pond.
Address: Knox Road, Doonside | Park: Not that far west of Parramatta, Nurragingy Reserve has a waterfall, Chinese gardens, three playgrounds, water playground, large duck pond, bush trails, on-site parking, BBQs and picnic facilities, path to ride on and a kiosk. | More Details about the Park |
3Fagan Park, Galston
Another picturesque regional park, you will find lots of autumn colours and crunchy leaves at the main playground and also as you walk down to the lake.
Address: 38 Arcadia Road, Galston | Park: Fagan Park is north of Parramatta, in the Hills District. The centrepiece is a lake with gardens of many nations surrounding it. Then there is the Netherby Homestead and Rural Museum, Eco Garden, two great playgrounds, bbqs and picnic facilities and a coffee van on weekends. | More Details about the Park |
4Auburn Botanic Gardens, Auburn
Not far from Parramatta are the stunning Auburn Botanic Gardens. While best known for it’s cherry blossoms, there are autumn colours to enjoy within the Japanese garden by the lake.
Address: Corner of Chisholm and Chiswick Roads, Auburn | Park: Auburn Botanic Gardens is a must visit for families! There is a lovely native animal enclosure, beautiful peacocks, two playgrounds, BBQs and plenty of gorgeous gardens to explore, plus free entry during the week. On weekends, the entry fee is $5 for adults not residing in the Cumberland Council area. | More Details about the Park |
5Richmond, Hawkesbury Region
Unfortunately we didn’t get a good photo of all the gorgeous autumn colours and leaves in Richmond. There are a large number of trees lined with colourful trees, particularly Windsor Street (near East Richmond train station) and March Street (near the Richmond Art School). So if your kids are up for the longer drive to Mt Wilson or Blackheath, then a trip to Richmond is a great alternative.
6ANZAC Park, West Ryde
There are a lot of crunchy autumn leaf fun to be had at Anzac Park. Most are in the far corner from the train station. And you can even stomp while the kids play in the NEW playground, which is tucked under the trees.
Address: Corner of Anzac Ave and Wattle Street, West Ryde | Park: A short walk from West Ryde station, Anzac Park has a shaded playground, formal gardens and open grassed area, plus toilets, BBQ and picnic areas. | More Details about the Park |
7Bill Thomson Reserve, Parramatta
Driving along Victoria Road, you should be able to spot some bright yellow and orange leaves near MacArthur Street at Bill Thomson Reserve. The park has a great autumn leaf canopy and there are more autumn leaves up Henry Street at the back of the reserve.
Address: 69 Victoria Rd, Parramatta | Park: While the main entrance is on Victoria Road, the playground is tucked around a corner and well set back from the busy road. |
8Ryde Park, Ryde
The fenced scooter/ bike track is a good vantage point over Ryde Park. The autumn leaves are mostly near the rotunda, as well as near the Argyle Ave.
Address: 7 Blaxland Rd, Ryde | Park: Ryde Park has lovely flower beds throughout and a rotunda, making is a favourite spot for family portraits. There is also a naturally shaded playground right next to The Grounds Keeper Cafe, basketball courts and a new scooter/ bike track. | More Details about the Park |
9Granny Smith Memorial Park, Eastwood
The trees surrounding the playground boast exceptionally beautiful colours, making it a lovely place to spend a morning or afternoon.
Address: Threlfall St, Eastwood | Park: Granny Smith Memorial Park has an excellent playground that the smallest of toddlers can enjoy as well as keeping bigger kids happy too. | More Details about the Park |
10Lions Park, West Ryde
You can spot the autumn leaves at Lions Park as you come down Shaftsbury Road. Some are in the backyards of the houses that back onto the park, but still lovely to enjoy.
Address: 1141 Victoria Rd, West Ryde – car entry via Shaftsbury Road | Park: Lions Park on Victoria Road is just over 8kms east of Parramatta CBD and the sand pit and scooter track are worth the drive for a play with young kids. | More Details about the Park |
If you are serious about enjoying autumn colours, then the best places to go for your autumn fix is actually just outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains region. We have visited Bilpin and Mt Tomah and the gardens are just gorgeous. As we explore autumn colours further afield, will expand this section.
Mt Wilson would probably have to be the most photographed autumn spot for Sydneysiders, if our Instagram feed is anything to go by! The autumn colours are SPECTACULAR! There are a number of gardens to visit (which generally charge an entry fee) such as Windyridge Garden and Breenhold Gardens. Then there are some free spots, like Cathedral Reserve, to enjoy the gorgeous autumn colours of the region. Keep in mind that there isn’t much at Mt Wilson in the way of facilities. There are actually no shops, cafes, permanent coffee shops, petrol stations, ATMs or medical services. But there are cafe’s and BBQs selling food during the autumn and spring festivals. So best to pack a picnic and head up with a full tank of fuel.
Address: Mt Wilson, NSW | More Details |
12Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah
The views from the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens are spectacular, over the Blue Mountains. While standing on the viewing deck, you will see the autumn colours are mostly in the right section of the garden. We just followed the colours and found a lovely area (Brunet Meadow) full of vibrant autumn colours and seats to sit on, plus a picnic shelter and toilets.
Driving up to Bilpin, along Bells Line Road, you will spot lots of autumn colours, particularly if you come through Richmond. In Bilpin itself, we have only explored Wildwood Garden and definitely recommend visiting. It is such a gorgeous garden, with a waterfall, lake, fairy garden and little dragons. Wayne and Sue have built the garden since they bought the property in 1981 and you can see that a lot of love has gone into it. There are autumn colours in two main areas of the garden, up behind the waterfall and down towards the lake.
Rows of spectacular trees can be found in the back streets of Blackheath, which is not far from Katoomba.
15Cattai National Park, near Pitt Town
Along the banks of the Hawkesbury River, north-west of Windsor, you will find a carpet of autumn leaves at Cattai National Park. Once you enter the national park, follow the road all the way down to the river and campground. There are toilets and bbqs here, plus we spotted a fair few kangaroos and ducks.
Google Map of Autumn Colours Nearby
Below is a map of parks, gardens and streets where you can enjoy autumn colours and leaves. In the City of Parramatta, we have listed more places, some with just a few good trees to see. As we go further out, we focus on the spots really worth travelling to.
The icons in the map represent the different types of places (streets, parks, shopping strips, churches) and the colours reflect the intensity of the colours – green being the best and black not yet showing any colour change.