4 autumn festivals that are well worth the drive

From flowers and fresh produce to family-friendly entertainment – autumn is peak festival season in Victoria.

Now that we’ve said so long to summer, the cooler temps and optimal driving conditions of autumn await. And if you live in Victoria, one of the best ways to enjoy the season is with a road trip to check out one of the many dreamy autumn festivals on offer. Whether you’re after family fun time, food and wine sampling, a taste of local culture or a bit of all of the above, there are lots of ways to fill a relaxing weekend.

Of course, you can’t have a road trip without a car, or even better, an electric car. Gentler on the planet and, over time, our wallets, electric cars have enough grunt to handle a weekend away with ease.

Powered entirely by electricity, the new GWM Ora has a 126kW power engine plus 250Nm torque. The mix of retro chic and futuristic interiors makes the Ora a set of wheels you’ll want to be seen in.

Plus, it will keep the whole family entertained with its 10.25-inch colour touchscreen and inbuilt wireless phone charging. There’s also no need to worry about breaking down mid-trip with Ora’s five-year roadside assistance guarantee. Help is just a phone call away.

So hit the road to discover these four magical autumn festival destinations in Victoria.

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Bright Autumn Festival, April 28-May 7, 2023

Nothing says autumn like red and orange leaves and comfort food. For a dose of wholesome fun, plan a weekend getaway to the Bright Autumn Festival in Victoria’s High Country. The tree-lined avenues, small-town charms and delicious fresh produce won’t disappoint, with everything from open gardens, historical tours, live music, markets and a dedicated Nut Festival to enjoy. Plus, you’ll be venturing somewhere new and supporting regional businesses.

(Credit: Courtesy of Visit Melbourne)

Kartini Waingi – Water Lights, May 4-7, 2023

Take a drive to Robinvale on the banks of the Murray River for the four-day Water Lights festival. Kids and adults alike will marvel at this enticing laser show that showcases the vibrant, diverse and rich culture of the region.

The Ora’s 360-degree camera makes parking a breeze, and its spacious backseat area means the little ones can snooze comfortably on the drive home.

(Credit: Courtesy of Visit Melbourne)

Grampians Grape Escape, May 5-7, 2023

Food and wine devotees, you’re in luck. The Grampians Grape Escape is an unforgettable weekend-long experience that’s all about top-quality wines, gourmet food and live music – the perfect trio. You may even learn a few skills from one of the cooking demonstrations and masterclasses. From bread-making classes to cooking presentations and cider tastings, no one will be bored.

Thanks to the Ora’s 64 kilowatt lithium-ion battery that gives a whopping 420 kilometres of driving range, you’ll get there with no stress and no need for charging.

(Credit: Courtesy of Visit Melbourne)

La Fiera Italian Festival, May 19-21, 2023

Every year in May, the Myrtleford community celebrates its Italian roots with a festival dedicated to all of the region’s cultural and culinary delights. There are food stalls, wine tastings, a movie night, kids’ activities and even a soccer tournament to look forward to, as well as markets, entertainment and a traditional grape stomp. Salute!

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