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The 10 Best Scenic Picnic Spots around the Melbourne CBD

Point Ormond City Skyline Cycling Path Elwood. Photographed by Nils Versemann. Image via Shutterstock.

Lay your blanket and stock up your basket let’s head out and enjoy the city skyline with the best picnic spots Melbourne has to offer!

Looking to dine alfresco? Or for a secluded spot? Forget your local park, switch up your outdoor soirees with a visit to Melbourne’s best picnic spots that are perfect for visiting all year round.

From picnic spots for families or something scenic for a romantic date night, switch up your next outing with our list of the best scenic picnic spots around the Melbourne CBD!

<strong>Point Ormond</strong>
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Point Ormond

Right next to Elwood Beach, a white structure marks the location of Point Ormond you can’t miss it. Here you’ll be treated to one of the best picnic spots in Melbourne with views of both the city skyline as well as the lush greenery and sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay. Tip: If you stand at the base of the tower you will be able to capture a fabulous picture of the Melbourne cityscape at sunset. Here there are countless spots to set up your picnic; perhaps along the beach, the grassy lawns or using one of the many picnic tables and communal barbeque facilities. So, whether you’re feeling like a leisurely stroll along the beach, a relaxed bike ride or even a barbeque – Point Ormond is the way to go.

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29A Ormond Esplanade, Elwood, VIC 3184
<strong>St Kilda Pier</strong>
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St Kilda Pier

If you’re looking for a picnic spot south east of Melbourne, St Kilda Pier should be your go-to. On top of being a beloved heritage site, St Kilda Pier is also the perfect spot for a stroll, a relaxed bike ride or, of course, a picnic! Walk along the pier with an ice-cream in hand as you take in the breathtaking views of the Melbourne city skyline and Port Phillip Bat. One of our favourite picnic spots in Victoria!

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St Kilda Pier, Pier Rd, St Kilda, VIC 3182
<strong>Gem Pier, Williamstown</strong>
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Gem Pier, Williamstown

After checking out St Kilda Pier, catch a ferry to the charming Gem Pier in Williamstown. As well as being one of the most used piers in Port Phillip, Gem Pier offers spectacular scenic views of the Melbourne city skyline. Set up shop along the tranquil banks of Port Phillip at one of the many nearby picnic spots or barbeque facilities. For the history buffs, Gem Pier is also home to the historic HMAS Castlemaine, a WWII veteran warship that is the last of its class. The corvette has since been turned into a permanent floating museum and offers patrons a glimpse into the lives of crew members in wartimes.

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Gem Pier, 1 Syme St, Williamstown, VIC 3016
<strong>Albert Park Lake</strong>
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Albert Park Lake

This park is iconic for a reason. Albert Park is home to a plethora of walking and cycling trails, nine different picnic grounds and, of course, the illustrious Australian Grand Prix. Not to mention, Albert Park Lake also has some of the best panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline. Work your way through Albert Park’s nine major picnic areas, some of which include the Coot Picnic Area, Cormorant Picnic Area and Swan Picnic Area. After watching the sunset, we recommend heading out for an evening stroll along the lake to catch a glimpse of the city lights reflecting onto the water – so romantic!

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Albert Park Lake, Albert Park, VIC 3206
<strong>Birrarung Marr</strong>
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Birrarung Marr

If you haven’t walked along the banks of Birrarung Marr, have you ever really been to Melbourne? For some of us, this riverside location brings back happy memories of going to Moomba Festival as a child (who are we kidding, we still get just as excited every time the festival rolls around). Located along the northside of the Yarra River next to Federation Square, this is one of the best picnic spots in Melbourne for families. From Birrarung Marr you get an up-close view of the Melbourne skyline with an added highlight being the Arts Centre Melbourne spire. And when the sun goes down, Birrarung Marr is perfect for a romantic evening stroll along the Yarra River.

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Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, VIC 3004
<strong>Ramsden Street Reserve</strong>
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Ramsden Street Reserve

On a sunny day you can’t go wrong with Ramsden Street Reserve. To catch impeccable views of the Melbourne city skyline, set up your picnic atop the hill opposite Ramsden Street Oval. There is something perfectly picturesque about this spot. Maybe it’s the combination of people kicking around a footy on the oval, the sounds of cyclists whizzing by, or the many dogs who are running free. All of this against a backdrop of the Melbourne skyline makes for an unforgettable outing. Whatever the occasion, we’re sure you’ll find Ramsden Street Reserve to be a charming picnic location with an impressive view to match.

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91 Field St, Clifton Hill, VIC 3068
<strong>Wills St, Kew</strong>
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Wills St, Kew

A hidden gem nestled in the suburb of Kew, nicknamed ‘The Dog Park’ – because whenever you go there you are sure to meet a furry friend. Despite its close proximity, this picnic spot seems like a secluded escape from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD. The scenic view of the Melbourne city skyline is nestled among native trees and bushland of the area, making this spot the perfect location for nature lovers. While you’re here, why not take a carefree stroll down to the Yarra Boulevard? Nearby is the tranquil Bellbird Park, another favourite picnic spot that connects to many other scenic trails along the Yarra River.

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Corner Wills St and Redmond St, Kew, VIC 3101
<strong>Norris Reserve</strong>
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Norris Reserve

A well-kept secret among Kew locals, this is the perfect secluded picnic spot for two – but you might miss it if you’re not careful. This tiny alcove connects Yarra Boulevard with Studley Park Road (enter from Yarra Boulevard) and includes a single bench that looks out onto the city skyline. This spot boasts impeccable views of Melbourne and makes for a great picture that is perfectly framed by the native bushland of the area. Norris Reserve is one of those places that you stumble across by accident, then proceed to take everyone you know there. Tip: Hang around for the sunset, the views will not disappoint.

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Norris Reserve, Kew, VIC 3101
<strong>SkyHigh Mount Dandenong</strong>
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SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Situated at the uppermost peaks of the Dandenong Ranges, SkyHigh Mount Dandenong offers a breathtaking view of Melbourne that is unlike any other. Grab a bite to eat at their award-winning restaurant and bistro that serves up everything from classic cafe bites to modern Australian cuisine. For something more casual, set up your picnic on the lawn at one of their many picnic tables or gas barbeque facilities. Better yet, their upstairs function room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering spectacular panoramic views of Melbourne down below. Go for a walk through the fairytale-esque SkyHigh Gardens; regardless one of the best picnic spots in Dandenong Ranges.

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26 Observatory Rd, Mount Dandenong, VIC 3767
<strong>Burke’s Lookout</strong>
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Burke’s Lookout

After checking out the views from SkyHigh, head on over to Burke’s Lookout for an equally breathtaking view of the Melbourne skyline. Burke’s Lookout is a well-kept secret among city-dwellers, and a favourite spot among the locals. This lookout offers sweeping views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and the You-Yangs. To get there is an easy 10-minute walk from the Osprey Road carpark (off Ridge Road). From there, take a left and follow the Kyeema Track until you get to the lookout. You’ll know when you get there the view speaks for itself. Keep in mind that the car park has limited spaces and can fill up pretty quickly. Tip: Burke’s Lookout is best enjoyed at sunset or at night when the sprawling landscape is illuminated by the city lights.

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Osprey Road, Mount Dandenong VIC 3767

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Feature image: Point Ormond City Skyline. Photographed by Nils Versemann. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on October 29 2020. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on June 14 2022.