In some parts of Australia, Autumn is the loveliest time of the year.

Think shades of red, brown and yellow as autumn leaves fall from their trees, the air is crisp and the roads – well they’re certainly less busy, making it the best time to take a road trip.

But where to travel in autumn? As always, Thrifty’s got you covered. Here are the best autumn road trip destinations in the country to get your foliage on.

Bright, Victoria

321 km | 3.5-hour drive north east of Melbourne

There’s so much autumn spirit going on in this gorgeous town that it even has an annual Autumn Festival celebrating the array of colour and seasonal produce. No wonder it’s one of Australia’s most popular autumn destinations.

Large, exotic trees line the streets boasting all sorts of earthy colours complementing the historical buildings that were built beneath them by the European settlers.

Let Thrifty take care of your ride and pick it up in any of the Melbourne car hire locations. Or if you’re not from the culture capital, there are plenty of Victorian locations that will sort you out as well.

Orange, NSW

254 km | 3.25-hour drive west of Sydney

Orange by name, Orange by nature. And it’s the nature that really stands out here.

Officially dubbed Australia’s Colour Town, there’s an abundance of parks and gardens that showcase the spectacular foliage of Orange.

But Cook Park and the Orange Botanic Gardens take the lead when it comes to must-see attractions, so pack your picnic basket and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature’s marvels.

And for those who prefer to be wined and dined, there’s no shortage of cellar doors and wineries here either.

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

31 km | 40-minute drive east of Adelaide

These hills are certainly alive – all 795 square kilometres of them – and especially during their most blossoming time of the year.

Perfectly located less than an hour’s drive from the CBD, there’s really no excuse to hit up your local our Adelaide car hire location and enjoy the views as you drive through them.

The towns of Hahndorf and Stirling are not to be missed, nor is a trip to The Cedars – the breathtaking property of Australia’s most renowned landscape artists, Hans Heysen #panoramasfordays.

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair, Tasmania

175 km | 2.5-hour drive north of Hobart

It was no easy feat choosing just one destination for perfectly formed foliage in Tassie as the entire state is covered in magical colours during autumn.

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair takes the title thanks to one particular type of cold-climate beech tree known as the Fagus and the natural phenomenon called ‘Turning of the Fagus’.

Each year in April and May, the tree puts on a magical show, creating a visual feast of colours turning the leaves an almost gold-like hue. The event draws hikers, photographers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world to marvel at its sight in the remote hinterland of Tasmania.

Ok right. You’ve not got long to take advantage of the Autumnal delights so be sure to pick a weekend soon and enjoy your Autumn getaway.

Don’t forget Thrifty can get you from A to B, and all the stops in between.

The only thing you’ll need to worry about is deciding which autumn leaves make for the prettiest backdrop to your road trip.