Melbourne, grab your baskets and blankets and lets head on out to the best picnic spots the city has to offer!
If you’re from Victoria, you’ll know that picnics have become all the rage this year and with summer just around the corner, what better way to soak up some sun than with a picnic?
If you’re bored of heading to your local park or footy field for your get-together, we’ve found 10 of the best scenic picnic spots with a view of the Melbourne city skyline that will be sure to impress.
So, whether you’re after somewhere suitable for the whole family, a secluded spot for that romantic date night, or even a picnic away from the mayhem of the city – we’ve got you covered.
Right next to Elwood Beach, a white structure marks the location of Point Ormond – you can’t miss it. From here you can get a fantastic view of the Melbourne skyline against the lush greenery of the coastline and the 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.
St Kilda Pier
St Kilda Pier is one of Melbourne’s most beloved heritage sites. The historic pier is the perfect spot for a stroll, a relaxed bike ride or an excuse to finally bust out the old roller skates. On a sunny day, walk along the pier with an ice-cream in hand and take in the breathtaking views of the Melbourne city skyline and Port Phillip Bay. There are tonnes of picnic spots around the area to claim as your own. Keep in mind that in summer, the St Kilda walkway can get pretty busy. But, regardless, St Kilda Pier is also one of our favourite spots in Melbourne to view the sunset in all of its glory.
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 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.
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. And not to mention, it 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!
If you haven’t walked along the banks of Birrarung Marr, have you every 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 picnic spot is perfect for the whole family. 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, Birrarang Marr is perfect for a romantic evening stroll along the Yarra River.
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.
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. This picnic spot is an escape from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD that is located so close that it seems too good to be true.. 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 there, 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.
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. Speaking from personal experience, of course. Tip: Hang around for the sunset, the views will not disappoint.
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. If you feel like something more casual, set up your picnic on the lawn at one of their many picnic tables or gas barbeque facilities. Even better still, their upstairs function room features floor-to-ceiling glass windows offers spectacular panoramic views of Melbourne down below. While you’re there, check out the fairytale-esque SkyHigh Gardens or go for a forest walk and take in all of the native flora and fauna.
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.
To make sure your next outdoor get-together is an unforgettable one, here are the 10 essentials you’re going to need for your next picnic. If you’re looking to get some exercise while you’re at it, catch our round-up of the five best scenic tracks and trails around Melbourne’s Yarra River.
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