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2021 Guide To The 14 Best Picnic Spots Around Australia

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Whether you’re looking for somewhere romantic, adventurous, secluded or a picnic area with a view, here’s your guide to the 14 best picnic spots around Australia.

When the weekend hits, it’s hard to find anything better to do than head out on a picnic. From family-friendly beach days, to romantic sunset views or a secluded picnic spot to get away from the crowds – eating al fresco really is  the perfect way to celebrate any event. Plus, did we mention that it suits any budget!

So find your willow baskets and fleece mats, design your Instagrammable charcuterie or antipasto board, gather your picnic date and head to one of one of Australia’s 14 best picnic spots this weekend.


The Best Picnic Spots in New South Wales

Centennial Park
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Centennial Park

One of Sydney’s largest natural gems, Centennial Park is home to a plethora of beautiful moments including vistas, gardens, ponds and more. The park stretches across 189 hectares, so despite its immense popularity, there’s always plenty of room for a secret picnic for visitors to admire and enjoy the surrounds.

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Grand Drive, Centennial Parklands Sydney, NSW 2021
Bradfield Park
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Bradfield Park

Follow your visit to the Kirribilli Markets with an eat-out at Bradfield Park, located just a few minutes-walk away. Situated beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge’s north end, the grassland offers prime views of the bridge, alongside the equally-iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

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Alfred St, South Milsons Point, NSW 2061

 The Best Picnic Spots in the Australian Capital Territory

Gibraltar Falls
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Gibraltar Falls

Forty-five minutes south-west out of Canberra’s CBD you will find Australian Capital Territory’s hidden oasis, Gibraltar Falls. Featuring a plunging waterfall that pools into a magical stream, Gibraltar Falls also features a free-to-use picnic area with gas barbeque amenities for the public to use at the car park entrance to the grounds. Take a short walk along the gravel walking track to the lookouts over the falls and creek or go off the beaten path on the trail to Woods Reserve.

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Corin Rd, Paddys River, ACT 2620
Corin Forest
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Corin Forest

Another short drive from the CBD will lead you to Corin Forest – one of the best picnic spots in Canberra. Located in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges, Corin Forest is easily described as an alpine adventure year-round. Think picturesque grasslands, snow-capped fields and a secluded mountain valley. Take a ride on the toboggan, join in on a snowball fight or warm up with a hot chocolate at a lodge, the choice is yours.

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1268 Corin Dam Rd, Paddys River, ACT 2620

The Best Picnic Spots in Victoria

Squeaky Beach
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Squeaky Beach

Squeaky Beach is nothing short of stunning. Its large expanse of white sand, turquoise ocean, granite boulders and surrounding terrain, all work to create a picturesque dreamscape that’ll keep you picnicking from day to night.

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Wilsons Promontory, VIC 3960
Abbotsford Convent
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Abbotsford Convent

The National Heritage listed precinct is rich with history, architectural sites, eateries and beautiful vistas. In particular, the Heritage Gardens located before the Convent Building is the perfect place to warm yourself with the sunshine and abundance of greenery.

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1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067

The Best Picnic Spots in Tasmania

Cascade Gardens
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Cascade Gardens

A short 10-minute drive out of Hobart’s CBD will lead you to Cascade Gardens that sits just a touch away from the Cascade Brewery. With plenty to do and see, this historical site features tree-lined gardens, picnic tables, toilets, walking tracks, barbeque amenities and, for the fury friend lovers, a on- and off-leash area for dogs. Grab your picnic blankets, snacks and your weekend is complete!

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McRobies Rd, South Hobart, TAS 7004
Caldew Park
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Caldew Park

Otherwise known as ‘The Train Park’, Caldew Park is a little slice of family-friendly fun in the heart of Hobart. This picnic spot in Tasmania is equipped with everything you need for a day out in 2021. Think barbeque amenities that are free to use, undercover picnic areas, trees for shade, toilets and, most importantly, slides, tunnels and other play equipment to keep the kids busy. One picnic spot near Hobart that is worth visiting in 2021.

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Cnr Hill St and Warwick St, West Hobart, TAS 7000

The Best Picnic Spots in South Australia

Himeji Garden
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Himeji Garden

A gift from Adelaide’s sister city, Himeji, this garden encompasses various features that carry symbolic and religious significance to Japan. Despite being walking distance from the CBD, it’s impossibly serene – perfect for picnickers looking for a convenient and peaceful haven from the city bustle.

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Cnr South Tce and Glen Osmond Rd, Adelaide, SA 5000
Glenelg Beach
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Glenelg Beach

Glenelg Beach — the place where white sand meets clear waters and breathtaking sunsets. And if you’d like to buy picnic food upon arrival, there are also numerous eateries nearby, ranging from Mexican to Asian, seafood to pizza.

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Cnr Jetty Rd and Colley Tce, Glenelg, SA 5045

The Best Picnic Spots in Western Australia

Araluen Botanic Park
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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.

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362 Croyden Rd, Roleystone, WA 6111
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Kings Park will welcome you to parklands, a botanic garden of over 3000 flora species, and picturesque views of Perth’s skyline and the Swan River. Bringing both natural and metropolitan scenes in one, it’s an unmatched gem of a location you’ll have more picnics for.

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Fraser Ave, Perth, WA 6005

The Best Picnic Spots in Queensland

New Farm Park
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New Farm Park

Brisbane, why stock up on fresh produce from the Farmers Markets and then enjoy them straight away at the nearby New Farm Park. The 15-hectare picnic area combines a vast open space of both undercover picnic areas and sunny spots, with a promenade fronting the Brisbane River.

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1042 Brunswick St, New Farm, QLD 4005
Burleigh Heads Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach

The Gold Coast is widely acclaimed for its beautiful beaches; and we think it’s fair to say that Burleigh Heads Beach is one reason why. Its sand and parkland offer prime spots from where you can look across the pristine ocean stretch, with the backdrop of a high-rise city line.

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Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220

Looking for more picnic ideas? Dive deeper into your city with our guides to the best picnic spots with views of the Melbourne skyline or around Brisbane. If you’re not sure exactly what to take with you, check out our top 10 essentials for every picnic.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

This article was first published on August 13 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on June 08 2021.
Feature image: Photographed by Anna Guerrero. Image via Pexels.
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