Pick up some bubbles, dust off your Aztec throw, and grab some goat’s milk bleu du bocage—‘tis picnic season people!
For those on the Gold Coast, picnic season means the nine outdoorsy months from September until May, ramping up in the party/festival/sunshine months of December and January.
Though come to think of it, there are whales in June and July that we drag out the picnic gear for, and we usually attend said picnic clothed in eight layers of our never-worn knits. So we pretty much go picnicking ‘round the calendar, which pretty much summarises why we dig the Gold Coast so damn much.
We could probably do a list of 100 worthy spots, but we’ve honed this down to the very best. So, for you our dear friends, here are six of the Gold Coast’s best picnic spots to get you dining among the great outdoors.
Let’s not play maverick just for the sake of it: Burleigh Hill is the greatest picnic spot on the Gold Coast. Unless you hate crowds and looking for a place to park, in which case it could be the worst. But for most of us, the sweeping views from Burleigh Beach up to the big smoke and the “always Sunday” mood make it well worth it. And then there’s the babe watching…
The Panorama in Tallai should be a monthly drive for any Gold Coast local. Just 25 minutes drive west from Broadbeach, this millionaire’s row gives an unmatchable outlook over our incredible coastlands, reminding us to “embody gratitude” every now and again. As a picnic spot, this may not have a nearby coffee shop or a BBQ and shade area, but the rustic romance of it is 10 out of 10.
Unbeknown to most, the Gold Coast Art’s Centre, HOTA, in Bundall has a little sand-fringed lake and parklands area resting between the main building and the Broadwater, dedicated to all things multicultural and peaceful. Aptly named the Outdoor Meditation Peace Pavilion, it is a hallmark picnic area for many reasons, but mainly its ducks. It also homes outdoor yoga classes, a running track, exercise equipment, and resting areas inscribed with uplifting mantras. Oh, and the occasional group of underage hooligans wagging school, hunting Pokémon, or warming up for a night prowling around Surfers.
Currumbin Rock Pools
Rock pools, fresh mountain air, and no WiFi, the Currumbin Rock Pools have been putting smiles on summer faces since before we could Facebook about it. For the less organised picnic goer, detour past Woodbox Café in Tallebudgera and pick up an assortment of wholesome slices, bakes, salads, and treats. Oh, and don’t forget to @ tag your bikini brand when posting on Insta.
Nestled in the Broadwater behind the Gold Coast Seaway, Wavebreak Island recently celebrated its 30th birthday, most likely hosting a few hundred picnics and BBQs to mark the occasion. It might appear as a shrubby wasteland to some, but it is home to many a great weekend adventure and boating holiday for countless others. Best get this picnic done quickly in case they start talking of a multi-billion-dollar cruise ship terminal again. Won’t be any picnics happening on Wavebreak Island if that goes down!
More than just a seriously large man-made puddle, Hinze Dam is an easy option for an out of town escape next weekend. If you’re not shy of working up a sweat before smashing back those dips and deli cheeses beckoning from the esky, stride out on the dam wall and appreciate where your seemingly bottomless supply of safe tap water is sourced—a 3.6-kilometre round trip if you don’t wimp out half way.
Chosen your spot from the best picnic spots on the Gold Coast? Now it’s time to up the stakes with your most epic cheese board ever. Study our handy guide to the anatomy of the perfect cheeseboard.
Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List