Food & Drink

Secret Picnic Spots To Explore In Brisbane

By Rachel Lay
23rd Feb 2017

Picnic spots Brisbane

Picnics are the perfect way to spend a day. The sunshine, wine, cheese, the company of your best buds—is there anything to hate about picnics? Bearing in mind that our affinity for picnics runs deep, we thought who better to put together a guide to the best picnic spots in Brisbane than little old us?

Let’s do this!

Fig Tree Pocket River Reserve

Fig Tree Pocket

Fig Tree Pocket River Reserve in Fig Tree Pocket is a secret Brisbane picnic spot worth lifting the lid on. Bring a picnic of cheese and a killer wine to devour by the waterfront as you soak up some Vitamin D. After you’ve had your fill of snacking, kick back and relax under the abundance of gum trees framing the entire reserve.

Bowie’s Flat Wetland


Bowie’s Flat Wetland is an artificial lake right at the edge of Coorparoo’s commercial centre, and boy is it pretty. The wetland features a boardwalk winding over the top of it, dotted here and there with attached deck shelters—perfect for a day kicking back in nature.

JC Slaughter Falls

Mt Coot-tha

JC Slaughter Falls becomes a full-blown waterfall after a solid downpour but the dried up gorge is breathtaking regardless of the season. Relax on a grass creek bank—shade is plentiful here, don’t worry—or use one of the many BBQs in the area.

Toohey Forest


Toohey Forest is a bit of an undiscovered sanctuary in Brisbane’s south. Bordered by Tarragindi, Moorooka and Salisbury, the forest is easily accessible from either border. Home mostly to walking tracks—and echidnas and koalas, so keep your dogs on a leash—there are plenty of picturesque vantage points ripe for a spot of picnicking!

Rocks Riverside Park

Seventeen Mile Rocks

Rocks Riverside Park is one of those places that continues to baffle me that people don’t know about yet. Set on the river in a secluded pocket of Seventeen Mile Rocks, amongst relics of a former industrial park, Rocks Riverside has sprawling lawns, a waterpark for kids, and even some short bush walking tracks. Set your picnic blanket up by the river and call it a day, folks.

Highgate Hill Park

Highgate Hill

While there may be no manicured garden nor perfectly flat fields for ball games, Highgate Hill Park does offer stunning views of the CBD. A perfect spot for an afternoon picnic—there's BBQs for public use, ideal for whipping up a few snags—Highgate Hill is a bit of a local secret so you'll likely have it (mostly) to yourself. Neat!

Wynnum And Manly Foreshore


Fancy a day by the sea, but don't feel like schleping it to the Gold or Sunny coasts? You're best bet is to pack a goodie bag (cheese and wine is compulsory picnicing fare) and a soft blanket then to plonk yourself underneath the trees that line the Manly and Wynnum foreshore. Remember to apply the SPF!

Love picnics? Here’s our guide to packing the perfect one

Image credit: Bonnie Kittle 

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