While the beginning of winter for the rest of the world might mean rugging up at home and kissing the outdoors goodbye, Brisbaneites are blessed with nothing but blue skies and balmy temps.
And, you know what that means? Picnic time! But not all brisbane parks are made equal for perfect picnicing, so where do you even start looking for the perfect spot to plonk yourself down and while away an afternoon with good food and even better company? Psh, don’t worry, guys, we’ve totally got your back with our picks of gorgeous Brisbane parks that will more than fulfil your picnic-related needs.
So pack up your favourite picnic snacks (read: cheese) and take your pick of the best parks in and around Brisbane for a picnic.
If a picnic under an antique pagoda with killer river views sounds like your kind of jam, Newstead Park will certainly not disappoint. With enough lush green grass and towering trees to make even the most adamant hater of the concrete jungle feel at home, Newstead Park is basically a slice of nature just waiting for a picnic to happen. Grab some vino, pack your best chequered blanket, and make sure you bring enough nibbles to last an afternoon. What a life, eh.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Don't let the droves of exercise hungry folk put you off; the views alone from the top are magnificent, but at the botom of the Kangaroo Point Cliff stair is a beautiful walkway with dozens of grassy spots to stop and prop. With plenty of shade, you'll have absolute riverside views as you tuck in to your picnic. Easily one of Brisbane's best picnics.
New Farm Park
New Farm Park is an oldie but a goodie for a very good reason. Every jacaranda season this river-side swathe of greenery is blanketed in purple petals that not only make for some killer Instagram shots but also serve as a background to one swanky picnic. With the Powerhouse on one side and a fantastic dog park on the other, New Farm Park has something for every member of the family—fur variety or not. Plus, if you happen to schedule your picnic on April 9 you’ll be treated to food trucks and live music as part of Bands in the Park. That way you don’t even need to pack a picnic.
Well-known as a stunning photography location for those wanting to capture the lights of our fair city, Wilson’s Outlook also double as a ridiculously gorgeous picnic spot with jaw-dropping views over Brisbane. Our suggestion? Pack all your goodies and head to the outlook in the late afternoon so you can kick back and enjoy the sunset over the city.
City Botanic Gardens
Open since 1855, the stunning City Botanical Gardens has been the perfect meeting place for over a 160 years. With dozens of walkways and plenty of open grassy spaces—perfect for pulling up stumps for a picnic, no?—kick back and lounge among the ancient fig and palm trees, away from the hustle of the CBD.
Contrasting the greenery of a lush park against the, well, brown of the Brisbane river, West End’s Orleigh Park is a solid picnic option for all you southsiders. With outdoor gym equipment and a playground, Orleigh Park is perfect for those of you who want to do something a little more active after having your fill of delicious picnic food. Stake out a spot underneath one of the massive Moreton Bay figs and watch the afternoon drift lazily by as you let go of the pressures of modern life.
Roma Street Parkland
A guide to Brisbane’s best picnic spots wouldn’t be complete without Roma Street Parkland on the list. In summer this slice of natural paradise is transformed into a sea of brightly coloured flowers and outdoor music gigs. In winter it provides the perfect place to lay back and soak up that precious Vitamin D. Either way, its many secret hidey-holes and private spots are basically just asking for you to gather your favourite people and indulge in some good ol’ fashioned picnicking fun.
Located in front of the taste-bud tingling River Quay precinct, The Green is a sloping, grass-covered natural amphitheatre with truly stunning views over the CBD. With all the gems of Grey Street at your fingertips, you only need to bring your blanket for a picnic you won’t soon forget. Plus, every Sunday a local legend sets up shop to play some tunes so you can wine and dine to the backdrop of live music without splashing too much cash on a fancy dinner. Now that sounds like a win-win to us.
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Queens Park and Nerima Gardens
Queens Park and Nerima Gardens are the jewels in Ipswich's crown. With sweeping, undulating hills and panoramic views, this spot is the place to go if you're looking for a sunshine dappled picnic spot with killer views over all of Ipswich. Don't forget to mosey on over to the Nerima and Japanese Gardens for a ridiculously beautiful picnic spot.
If you're on the hunt for a remote, secluded picnic spot minus the epic trek, Hardings Paddock is the spot for you, and only 20 minutes out of Ipswich! The paddock is the launching ground for a handful of hikes, and is home to powered and unpowered campsites so why not make a weekend escape while you're at it?
Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve
Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve is the picnic hostess with mostess. Think, water frontage, playgrounds for the kids, fishing, canoeing, and even a cafe on site. This hidden spot sits at the beginning of the Brisbane River, up in Ipswich, but makes for the perfect family day out.
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