Beautiful weather and great scenery - it’s a combination that makes Brisbane a perfect picnic destination. Here are our favourite picnic spots in Brisbane!
1. New Farm Park
New Farm Park is a great spot for families, friends, pets and couples. Fitted out with electric barbeques, croquet lawns, playgrounds and plenty more - it has plenty of room and facilities for everyone. If you’re thinking of bringing along some beers or a bottle of wine go right ahead! There is no spot in the park that is off-limits for enjoying a drink so whether you want to sit by the river or take in the lovely fragrance over by the rose garden - the choice is yours.
2. Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Kangaroo Point Cliffs are undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s iconic picnic spots. Take a seat on top of the cliffs at one of the picnic tables and watch the sunset over the Brisbane River. There are also plenty of tables and grassy patches to lay your picnic blanket down if you prefer sitting down by the river.
3. Howard Smith Wharves
One of Brisbane’s newest precincts has quickly become one of its most popular. The new hub underneath the Story Bridge offers plenty of eateries and breweries as well as its own public lawn. Join some friends and spend the afternoon with an incredible view of the winding Brisbane River. You can also bring your pets along - all are welcome.
4. City Botanic Gardens
Brisbane City’s Botanic Garden is a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Since it’s unveiling in 1855, the gardens have withstood 165 years of crazy Queensland weather which has certainly earned itself a spot in Brisbane’s top picnic spots. Bring along a friend, a few sandwiches and a couple of drinks and enjoy watching the ducks and turtles swim in the ponds.
5. Mount Coot-Tha
On Brisbane’s west side, between Bardon and Toowong, you’ll find one of the city’s most popular lookouts. Take a scenic drive up the mountain and you’ll reach the lookout platform fitted out with binoculars, a restaurant and a cafe. There’s also a lovely patch of lawn from which to take in the sights and enjoy a picnic. When you head back down the mountain, pull in at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and geek out on the latest exhibits. Mt Coot-Tha has plenty to see so make sure to make a day of it!
6. Wynnum Manly Foreshore
Wiggle your toes in the sand and feel the salty air on your skin with a picnic on the foreshore. The Wynnum Manly foreshore is a great spot on the east side of Brisbane. There are plenty of grassy areas and tables if you’d like to avoid getting sand in your sandwich - just be careful of the cheeky seagulls!
7. South Bank’s River Quay Green
South Bank’s River Quay is the top spot for a Sunday afternoon picnic. Every Sunday between 2pm and 5pm local artists perform for the Sunday Social on the Green. Bring your family, kids and pets along or just keep it romantic with your partner and enjoy a relaxing afternoon before dreaded Monday rolls around.
8. Captain Burke Park - Kangaroo Point
Positioned directly under the Story Bridge is Captain Burke Park. Here you can take in the serenity and relax on the quiet side of the river opposite to the distant bustling of party crowds at Howard Smith Wharves. Nothing is more relaxing than enjoying a quiet picnic while you watch everybody else go about their busy day.
Don’t Forget the Snacks
What’s a picnic without yummy snacks? Pop into your local GCFO and fill up your basket with all of your favourites.