As the thermostat heats up, there’s only one thing on our mind: making the most of the sunshine. The best way to do just that is (obvs) a good old-fashioned picnic. So pack the perfect picnic basket (don't stress—here's how), load up the car, and head straight to these spots for the best picnic ever. The best part? Your friends haven't even heard of these places yet.
We’ve teamed up with our picnic-loving friends at Discover Ipswich to bring you this article because—just between us—Ipswich’s picnic game is seriously strong, and a change of scenery is always welcome.
#1. Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate
Flinders Goolman Conservation Estate is the perfect day trip slash picnic spot if you ask us. Sprawling across 2,200 hectares and encompassing forests, volcanic peaks, and slopes this is the perfect picnic spot for the actively minded. And hey, even if you're more about the spread than a hike, this spot is great too. Hardings Paddock and Flinders Plum Picnic areas are the go-to for barbeque spots, and you can even camp there. Did someone say mini-vacay?!
#2. Robelle Domain
Surprise, Robelle Domain is less than 30 minutes from Brisbane. Featuring a rainforest walk, waterfalls, water play areas for the kids (hello, summer!), bike tracks, and of course…plenty of spots just begging for a picnic, you're going to want to enter this one in maps and get there stat. Did we mention there are also live jazz afternoons and markets?!
#3. Colleges Crossing
Colleges Crossing is perfect for a picnic out amongst nature that means you don’t need to venture too far from home. Set on sprawling lawns at the beginning of the Brisbane River, Colleges Crossing is home to water sports, barbeques, walking tracks, and picnic areas. The best part is that you don’t even need to be able to cook for this picnic, there’s a café right on site! #Winning.
#4. Nerima Gardens
We know we’re fans of the term “hidden gem,” but Nerima Gardens is just that. A Japanese garden tucked away behind the caretaker’s cottage in Ipswich’s Queens Park. We’re talking waterfalls, winding paths, and even a traditional Japanese tea house—hey, it's cheaper than a trip to Japan.
#5. Queens Park
If you’re after a picnic that includes breath-taking vistas, rolling grassy knolls, and a change of pace from that park down the road you hit up every Sunday arvo, then we’re going to suggest you hot foot it to Queen’s Park. Don’t leave without checking out Walter Burley-Griffin’s (that’s the dude who designed Canberra, btw) Incinerator Theatre, either, it's more than worth a sticky beak.
#6. Kholo Gardens
Giant lily ponds are something oft limited to Amazonian adventures but we’ve found a hidden garden filled with them…in Ipswich! The lush Kholo Gardens are also home to bush walks (such as tree fern lane) and is a popular spot for weddings, so you know it’s stunning. Pack a picnic and set up shop by the pond.
Dying to head out for a picnic now? Keep the inspo flowing here.