Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens

Instagram feeds are full of Mt Lofty in Autumn, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s an ocean of colour. Red, Yellow, Green, Brown, Purple. You’d be hard up trying to find a better spot for Autumn selfies than Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens!


OK so I will admit that three of us here at KiA are original Hills girls, I was even born at Stirling hospital… we MIGHT be a little bias BUT Stirling in Autumn is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. Of course I took absolutely no notice of it back in the 90s, waiting at the bus stop freezing cold and wishing I wasn’t on the way to school, but now every time I visit I can’t help but snap 7 million photos of every tree in it’s Autumn glory.

And it’s also where you’ll find what we think is the best Autumn view playground in Adelaide…Stirling Steamroller Park. It’s fenced, it has a train you can climb on, it’s great for little ones and older kids and there’s multiple coffee options within walking distance. Winner winner Autumn dinner.

Hahndorf Main Street

Another Adelaide Hills gem. Take a stroll down the main street of Hahndorf and you can enjoy the Autumn colours, do a spot of shopping, pop into the Hahndorf Fairy Garden and stop for lunch at one of the many great cafes in the area. (or a sneaky beverage at the pub!)

Image credit: Kate Searson (FB)

Patch Kitchen Garden, Stirling

Above is a photo taken recently from Patch’s Facebook page. A customer had lunch there and found this rainbow of colours in their garden area. We’ve been big fans of Patch for a long time, and now they’ve added a fantastic new indoor area “Left Field” with a special kids area there’s even more reason to visit. Read more about Patch here

Carrick Hill

If you want to picnic among the Autumn leaves you can’t go past Carrick Hill. The gardens are free to roam and don’t forget to check out the storybook trail while you’re there

Bridgewater Playground

Our 2nd choice for the prettiest Autumn playground would be Bridgewater. The trees have turned a beautiful shade of yellow and the playground itself is always a winner with our kids. It has a flying fox! (do I need say more?

Victoria Ave, Unley Park

Closer to town Victoria Ave has got to be one of the prettiest streets in Adelaide, especially in Autumn.

Pop into Heywood Park for a play while you’re there, it’s only one street away.

Tips for taking photos in Autumn.

Thanks to nEverest Photography Normanville

  1. Take photos from all angles and heights. Look up, look down, get high and get down low.
  2. Hold your iPhone button down to take a sequence of photos while your kids throw leaves into the air or put your phone into live mode so it takes a series of quick shots you can then choose the best one.
  3. Besides the obvious of having fun , focus on your subject to ensure it is correctly exposed – not too bright or dark (with phone touch on the screen where their face is for correct exposure)
  4. Lower yourself to the height of your subject(s) – kids aren’t adult height generally. Experiment with different angles to suit your taste .
  5. Light is your friend, early mornings and evenings give the most dynamic light to enhance the beautiful Autumn colours . Use your built in flash to enhance this light and colours even more (yes even in the day)

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And don’t forget to bring home a little bag of Autumn leaves so you can get stuck into one of our Autumn craft ideas.

Special mention also to Protea Reserve Playground in Crafers for its Autumn game.

Have we missed a spot? ???? Let us know in the comments below