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Your Guide To The 10 Best Picnic Spots Around Australia

Picnic Spread. Image by Anna Guerrero via Pexels

Whether you’re looking for somewhere romantic or adventurous, here’s your guide to the 10 best picnic spots around Australia…

When summer 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 – eating al fresco really is  the perfect way to celebrate any event. Plus, did we mention 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 10 best picnic spots this weekend.


The Best Picnic Spots in New South Wales


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 visitors to admire and enjoy the surrounds.

Lilypond Bridge in Centennial Park. Image by Catrin Haze via Shutterstock.

Lilypond Bridge in Centennial Park. Image by Catrin Haze via Shutterstock.

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.


The Best Picnic Spots in Victoria


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.

Squeaky Beach. Image by Marcella Miriello via Shutterstock.

Squeaky Beach. Image by Marcella Miriello via Shutterstock.

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.

Abbotsford Convent. Image by Nils Versemann via Shutterstock

Abbotsford Convent. Image by Nils Versemann via Shutterstock


The Best Picnic Spots in Queensland


New Farm Park

Brisbane, 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 shaded and sunny spots, with a promenade fronting the Brisbane River.

Burleigh Heads Beach

The Gold Coast is widely acclaimed for its beautiful beaches; and we think it’s fair to say, Burleigh Heads 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.

Burleigh Heads. Image b y Norman Allchin via Shutterstock.

Burleigh Heads. Image b y Norman Allchin via Shutterstock.


The Best Picnic Spots in Western Australia


Araluen Botanic Park 

Kickstart spring right at Araluen Botanic Park, an internationally-acclaimed oasis of greenery and flowers that’ll truly 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.

Kings Park 

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.

Kings Park. Image by David Steele via Shutterstock.

Kings Park. Image by David Steele via Shutterstock.


The Best Picnic Spots in South Australia


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.

Himeji Garden Adelaide. Image by Chessirecat via Shutterstock.

Himeji Garden Adelaide. Image by Chessirecat via Shutterstock.

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.


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 spring picnic.

This article was first published on August 13 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on January 26 2021.
Feature image: Photographed by Anna Guerrero. Image via Pexels.
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