Pack your picnic basket and dust off that checkered blanket, it’s time to embark on a delightful adventure to the best picnic spots in Perth!

Perth is not only famous for its stunning beaches and vibrant city life, but it also boasts some of the most picturesque picnic destinations you could imagine. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a city slicker, or someone who just loves a good old-fashioned picnic, Perth has something for everyone.

So, if you’re looking for a perfect blend of mouthwatering food, natural beauty, and lots of fun under the sun, we’ll guide you through Perth’s best picnic spots. From lush parks to quiet gems, and we promise it’s going to be a picnic to remember!

<strong>Araluen Botanic Park</strong>
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Araluen Botanic Park

Kickstart your weekend right at Araluen Botanic Park, an internationally-acclaimed oasis of greenery and flowers that’ll make your picnic experience memorable. For those who’d like to cook a hearty meal, there are also free barbecues and firewood facilities located throughout the park. After one visit, you’ll soon realise why it’s one of the best picnic spots in Perth!

362 Croyden Rd, Roleystone, WA 6111
<strong>Bells Rapids</strong>
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Bells Rapids

A 40-minute drive north-east out of the CBD will land you at one of the prettiest picnic spots in Perth, Bells Rapids. This picnic area, most famous for the walk bridge that spans over the Swan River, is also a go-to for locals wanting a tranquil bushwalk to the rapids. As well as laying out a picnic blanket on a sunny day, Bells Rapids is also perfect for flora and fauna gazing along their two walking trails: the two-and-a-half kilometre River Walk and the three kilometre Goat Walk. A must visit in 2024!

Cathedral Ave, Brigadoon, WA 6069

<strong>Cottesloe Beach</strong>
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Cottesloe Beach

For those who want to combine a beach day with a picnic, Cottesloe Beach is a must. The soft sands and crystal-clear waters make it a picturesque spot to set up your picnic blanket in the warmer months throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for a romantic beachfront picnic, a family day out, or a spot to appreciate art and nature, Cottesloe Beach in Perth is a coastal haven for picnickers who appreciate the beauty of the ocean and the allure of sandy shores.

Cottesloe, WA 6011

<strong>Hyde Park</strong>
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Hyde Park

Situated right in the heart of Perth’s CBD, Hyde Park offers a unique and charming picnic destination for city dwellers and tourists alike. This urban oasis, which is home to a lush expanse of greenery, provides a serene escape from the bustling city. Hyde Park’s serene atmosphere, natural beauty, and proximity to the city centre make it a must-visit spot for those seeking a harmonious blend of nature and urban convenience.

Vincent St & William St, Perth, WA 6000

<strong>Kings Park and Botanic Garden</strong>
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Located right in the heart of the city, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike for good reason. This iconic park is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Perth skyline and the Swan River, making it the perfect spot for a picnic with a view. And, in between snacks, why not explore the treetop walkway and native flora of the botanical gardens at Kings Park in Perth.

Fraser Ave, Perth, WA 6005

<strong>Lake Monger</strong>
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Lake Monger

Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, Lake Monger is a haven for birdwatchers and picnickers alike. With its tranquil lake, birdlife, and dedicated picnic areas, it offers a calm and idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax. So, take a leisurely stroll around the lake or settle down for a picnic and enjoy the serene surroundings at Lake Monger, one of the best picnic spots in Perth.

Lake Monger Dr, Wembley, WA 6014

<strong>Matilda Bay</strong>
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Matilda Bay

Matilda Bay is the quintessential riverside picnic destination in Perth, offering both natural beauty and all the picnic essentials you’d need. Nestled along the Swan River, this bay offers a tranquil setting for a great picnic with friends and family. So between shady trees, grassy areas and barbecue facilities, Matilda Bay beckons picnickers for a relaxed family picnic or a romantic rendezvous in Perth.

5 Hackett Dr, Crawley, WA 6009

<strong>Sir James Mitchell Park</strong>
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Sir James Mitchell Park

South Perth has never been so beautiful at Sir James Mitchell Park. Right in the South Perth Foreshore, just across the water from Perth’s central business district, is a dreamy picnic destination that marries the serenity of riverside beauty with plenty of picnic essentials. So, whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family outing, or a tranquil solo experience, savour a picnic amidst the splendour of the Swan River at Sir Games Mitchell Park.

Mill Point Rd, South Perth, WA 6151

Explore more of what the city has to offer with this guide to the 5 Best Secluded Walking Trails and Hiking Tracks in Perth. Or pedal through this list of Perth’s 5 Best Bike Trails.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land mentioned in our article, the people of the Wajuk Nation, and we recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature image: Bells Rapids, Western Australia. Photographed by ar88design. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on October 19 2023. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on April 22 2024.