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Life’s a Picnic at These 12 Pretty Picnic Spots

By Marie-Antoinette Issa.

Picnics are practically synonymous with carefree outdoor dining.

A fact steeped in history, the first outdoor picnics (introduced to the British following the French Revolution) encouraged aristocrats to indulge in hunting feasts and country banquets with tables heaving with ham and pastries at airy garden parties.

Today, while we've generally swapped game meat for baskets packed with grazing boards, the joy of picnicking as a relaxed way to dine outside remains largely unchanged; a convenience, given the abundance of beautiful picnic locations we are blessed with across Australia.

Here are 12 we think you should head to with your blanket in tow:


Dr Mary Booth Lookout: Nestled in the heart of Kirribilli, Mary Lady Booth Garden provides sweeping vistas of the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour - a perfect backdrop for a memorable picnic experience.
Life’s a Picnic at These 12 Pretty Picnic Spots
Photo credit: Mike Morgan.

Mackenzies Point Lookout: Across the Harbour Bridge and tucked away at the southern end of Bondi Beach, Mackenzies Point Lookout offers breathtaking panoramic views of the golden sands and turquoise waters of Sydney’s most popular coastline.

Perched atop rugged cliffs, this hidden gem provides a secluded picnic spot away from the crowds, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. 

Mrs Macquarie's Chair: For panoramic snaps of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, head to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Nestled in the heart of Sydney, this historic landmark offers a lush oasis amidst the urban hustle and bustle. Making it an ideal spot for a romantic picnic as the sun sets over the horizon.


Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Melbourne: Similar to its counterpart in Sydney, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne boast lush greenery and vibrant blooms. Find a quiet spot by the Ornamental Lake or under the shade of a towering tree for a peaceful picnic retreat.

Life’s a Picnic at These 12 Pretty Picnic Spots
Photo credit: Winston Lee.

Yarra Bend Park: Just a stone's throw away from Melbourne's city centre lies Yarra Bend Park, a sprawling natural reserve teeming with native wildlife and scenic picnic spots. Set up your picnic blanket along the banks of the Yarra River and enjoy the tranquil ambience of Melbourne's largest natural bushland park. 


South Bank Parklands: Located along the Brisbane River, South Bank Parklands is a bustling hub of activity with an array of picnic areas, playgrounds and lush lawns. Take in the stunning city skyline as you dine al fresco or go for a leisurely stroll along the riverfront.
Life’s a Picnic at These 12 Pretty Picnic Spots
Photo credit: Blake Bath.

New Farm Park: Escape the urban jungle and retreat to New Farm Park, a verdant oasis in the heart of Brisbane. With its expansive green spaces, rose gardens and riverside picnic areas, this park offers a serene setting for a relaxing picnic with family and friends.


Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla: Spread out your picnic blanket amidst the manicured lawns and exotic flora of Botanic Park in Adelaide. This sprawling parkland is adjacent to Adelaide Botanic Garden, and provides a picturesque backdrop for outdoor gatherings.

Life’s a Picnic at These 12 Pretty Picnic Spots
Photo credit: Lu Liu.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden: Venture into the Adelaide Hills and discover the tranquil beauty of Mount Lofty Botanic Garden. With its panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and diverse plant collections, this botanical paradise is a hidden gem for picnickers.


Kings Park and Botanic Garden: Towering over the city of Perth, Kings Park and Botanic Garden offers sweeping views of the Swan River and Perth skyline. Choose a spot along the lawns or the Synergy Parkland and savour a picnic feast amidst the native wildflowers and towering trees.

Life’s a Picnic at These 12 Pretty Picnic Spots
Photo credit: Anthony Godin.

Matilda Bay Reserve: Situated along the shores of the Swan River, Matilda Bay Reserve is a popular picnic spot known for its tranquil waters and sandy beaches. Pack a picnic basket and unwind by the riverside as you soak in the stunning waterfront views.


Mount Wellington: While it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscapes, this peak is also an excellent location for a memorable outdoor meal. You can drive or take a scenic hike up to one of the designated picnic areas, such as The Springs or Big Bend.
Life’s a Picnic at These 12 Pretty Picnic Spots
Photo credit: Shawn Seymour.

From there, you can spread out your blanket and enjoy your picnic while taking in the stunning vistas of Hobart, the Derwent River and the distant mountains. 
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