18 of the Best Picnic Spots Around Australia

Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Friday, January 19, 2018

There is something inherently summery about a picnic. The idea of lazing on a brightly patterned blanket, picking from a spread of favourite snacks and sipping a perfectly chilled beverage was simply made for warm weather. And while picnics may be best suited to days when the sun is shining and the sky is clear; anyone can enjoy a picnic. Couples can hide themselves away in the quiet corner of a national park, families can gather in green-lawn gardens with plenty of space for kids to stretch their legs, and friends can catch up with beach picnics and ball games.

Plan a picnic get-together for a long weekend, a romantic rendezvous or simply an afternoon in the sun with a good book. So to get you thinking about where you might next like to dine al fresco, be it in your hometown or the destination of your next luxury getaway, we have rounded up 18 of the most beautiful picnic spots throughout Australia. Happy picnicking!

The Best Picnic Spots in New South Wales

Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney

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Image: Sydney Harbour viewed from Mrs Macquaries Chair; Kajo Merkert-Ohlheiser, Destination NSW

The allure of Mrs Macquaries Point isn’t exactly a well-kept secret. In fact, this could be one of Sydney’s most popular spots, but once you see the views it offers across Sydney Harbour and the city’s most famous landmarks you will soon understand why. The showpiece of Mrs Macquaries Point is the rock Chair, hand-carved by convicts and named for Governor Macquarie’s wife Elizabeth.

Where To Stay:

Spicers Potts Point
122 Victoria Street, Sydney

Larmont Sydney by Lancemore
14 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point

Angourie Bay, North Coast

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Image: Angourie Beach; Sally Mayman, Destination NSW

The idea of a picture-perfect picnic by the beach comes to life at Angourie Bay, on the NSW North Coast between Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. The Angourie Bay picnic area sits adjacent to the headland within Yaraygir National Park, and allows easy access for visitors wanting to wander between their picnic table and the beautiful beach. This also means a post-swim or surf snack is never too far away.

Where To Stay:

62 Kamala Court, Coopers Shoot

Newrybar Downs
1 Johnston Road, Newrybar

Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley

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Image: Hunter Valley Gardens; Tourism Australia

Take time out from moving between cellar doors to soak up the beauty of Hunter Valley Gardens. The Gardens span more than 25 acres, with formal gardens, an Italian Grotto, waterfall, picturesque walks and rides. Visitors are unable to bring their own picnics into the Gardens, however there is a shopping village offering food and drink options. Entry into the Gardens is ticketed.

Where To Stay:

Spicers Vineyards Estate
555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed and Breakfast

2 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin

The Best Picnic Spots in Victoria

Treasury Gardens, Melbourne

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Image: Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne; Josie Withers, Visit Victoria

Melbournians have been picnicking at Treasury Gardens for years. With its verdant lawns, ornamental pond, memorial statues and tree-lined walking paths, the Gardens provide a peaceful spot for relaxed lunches, catching up, and whiling away a sunny afternoon. When you have explored Treasury Gardens, cross over Lansdowne Street to wander straight into Fitzroy Gardens for some recce on your next Melbourne picnic location.

Where To Stay:

Aria Hotel Apartments
285 City Road, Southbank

Melbourne Short Stay Apartments on Whiteman Street

63 Whiteman Street, Southbank

The Horn Picnic Area, Mount Buffalo

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Image: The Horn picnic spot; David Kirkland, Visit Victoria

Spectacular views of Victoria’s High Country are aplenty from the vantage point of The Horn Picnic Area in Mount Buffalo National Park. From your seat at one of the picnic tables you will be able to see Mounts Hotham, Feathertop and Buller. Bring along a light supper to graze on just before sunset, revelling in the golden glow cast over the landscape as the sun sinks into the horizon. Head off on The Horn Track (45 minutes’ walk return) for a pre-picnic wander to work up an appetite.

Where To Stay:

Manna Gum Escape
34 Meylands Road, Porepunkah

Kangaroo Lodge
32 Walkers Lane, Bright

Cowes Beach Foreshore, Phillip Island

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Image: Cowes Beach; David Hannah, Visit Victoria

A picnic of fish and chips on the ocean foreshore is a ritual for many bound for a beach getaway. And the foreshore at Cowes on Phillip Island feels like it was made for such an outing. The gently sloping foreshore is green and grassy; the beach has quiet breaks and clean sand. Even if fish and chips aren’t on the menu for your picnic, nabbing a spot along the foreshore for an hour or two should rank high on your agenda.

Where To Stay:

Verandah Retreat
3A Gordon Street, Cowes

Chapel Island Retreat
6 Chapel Street, Phillip Island

The Best Picnic Spots in Western Australia

Rottnest Island

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Image: The Basin, Rottnest Island; Rottnest Island Authority, Tourism Western Australia

It isn’t hard to find a gorgeous spot for a beach picnic when on Rottnest Island – and it is for that reason that the entire island makes this list. This isle’s pristine shoreline is one of its hallmarks, and there are beaches for swimming, snorkelling and picnicking. The Basin, Geordie Bay, Little Salmon Bay and Cape Vlamingh are among some of the favourites with visitors.

Where To Stay:

Sunmoon Boutique Resort
200 West Coast Highway, Scarborough

Seashells Scarborough
178 The Esplanade, Scarborough

Kings Park, Perth

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Image: Kings Park and Botanic Garden; Tourism Western Australia

More than 400 hectares of grounds, gardens and bushland are at your fingertips when planning a picnic at Kings Park in Perth. Lawns throughout the park fill with picnickers in warm weather but there is plenty of room for everyone, whether you park yourself on a patch of grass with views over the Swan River, near a playground for the kids or near the Western Australian Botanic Garden to admire the blooms in season.

Where To Stay:

Victoria Villa
51A Cargill Street, Victoria Park

The Best Picnic Spots in Tasmania

Friendly Beaches, East Coast

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Image: Tourism Western Australia

Located in the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania's East Coast, Friendly Beaches is a slice of pristine shoreline, unmarked by industrial or commercial development. Picnickers will have to go without a permanent table-and-chairs set up, but one look at the clean sand and azure water will have any thought of sitting at a wooden bench quickly disappearing.

Where To Stay:

Aplite House
845 Coles Bay Road, Friendly Beaches

Saffire Freycinet
2352 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay

Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, North West Coast

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Image: Tourism Western Australia

When its namesake flowers are in bloom, the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden in Burnie is something to behold. The Garden had its start as the passion project of three friends and now covers hectares with thousands of planted rhododendrons plus lakes, waterfalls, gazebos and picnic areas. Peak flowering period is from mid-September to mid-November but the beauty of the gardens is year-round. Entry is ticketed.

Where To Stay:

Rosie's House at Wynyard
29 Old Bass Highway, Wynyard

Coastal Pods Wynyard

1 Goldie Street, Wynyard

The Best Picnic Spots in Queensland

Lizard Island, The Tropics and Great Barrier Reef

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Image: Lizard Island; Darren Jew, Tourism and Events Queensland

When bound for Lizard Island, whether as a day trip or a longer stay, pencil in time for a picnic at Watsons Bay Beach. The island is protected National Park, meaning the beaches are virtually untouched. Expect too-blue waters, clean golden sand and secluded coves; calling cards of its Great Barrier Reef location. There is a camping area with picnic tables and barbecues just behind Watsons Bay and visitors must remember to take all their rubbish with them.

Where To Stay:

Lizard Island Resort
Lizard Island National Park

Picnic Point Lookout, Toowoomba

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Image: Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland; John Higgs, Tourism and Events Queensland

The credentials of Picnic Point is in its name; the panoramic views of this lookout point and parkland are the perfect accompaniment for packed lunches and lazy afternoons. Head off on one of the nearby walking trails before sitting down to a barbecue lunch or finger sandwiches, taking bites in between staring out at the vista across Main Range and Lockyer Valley. There is also a playground, and a children’s train operates on weekends.

Where To Stay:

Spicers Hidden Vale
617 Grandchester Mount Mort Road, Grandchester

New Farm Park, Brisbane

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Image: New Farm Park; Peter Lik, Tourism and Events Queensland

Queensland might be known for its beaches but don’t count out picnicking in the city centre. Brisbane’s New Farm Park has everything, from shaded spots and open grassy spaces to manicured gardens, electric barbecues and outlooks across Brisbane River. Catch a performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse Arts Centre after your pre-show alfresco meal.

Where To Stay:

Spicers Balfour Hotel
37 Balfour Street, New Farm

Oxygen Apartments
150-170 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill

The Best Picnic Spots in ACT

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

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Image: Floriade at Commonwealth Park; Visit Canberra

On the north side of Lake Burley Griffin, Commonwealth Park is one of Canberra’s greenest spaces. Meander the labyrinth of walking trails before throwing down a picnic rug by a pond or the lake. There are sculptured gardens to explore and playgrounds for children. The Park also hosts Floriade, the largest event of its kind in Australia. Celebrating all things spring, Floriade sees Commonwealth Park come alive with blooming tulips and other blossoming flowers.

Where To Stay:

Manhattan Executive Apartment
609/240 Bunda Street, Canberra

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

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Image: Rock garden at Australian National Botanic Gardens; Visit Canberra

Give your next picnic a scientific touch by seeking out the Australian National Botanic Gardens. As well as its collection of Australian native plants, the Gardens feature live exhibitions, glasshouses and walking trails. Take a seat at one of the picnic tables or stretch out on one of the lawns. Entry into the gardens is free.

Where To Stay:

Jamala Wildlife Lodge
999 Lady Denman Drive, Canberra

The Best Picnic Spots in South Australia

Umpherstone Sinkhole, Limestone Coast

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Image: Umpherstone Sinkhole; Adam Bruzzone, South Australian Tourism Commission

In its former life, Umpherstone Sinkhole near Mt Gambier was a limestone cave that, thanks to corrosion, is now an ideal lush setting for a garden picnic. Open from dawn to dusk, the sinkhole and its gardens are abundant with flowers, lawn area, terraces and hanging vines. Pack your camera, as well as a picnic spread, because this setting is too beautiful to not snap a photo or twenty. The sinkhole is home to a colony of possums that emerge at dusk – and who are particularly fond of being fed fresh fruit.

Where To Stay:

The Pelican Shed
2 Park Terrace, Robe

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, Adelaide Hills

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Image: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden; Adam Bruzzone, South Australian Tourism Commission

Covering an impressive 97 hectares in the Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden overlooks Piccadilly Valley and is home to walking trails, bright-hued blooms and a heritage rose garden. Throw down your picnic blanket beneath the boughs of a tree, or arrange to meet family, friends or just someone special on the banks of the idyllic lake.

Where To Stay:

The Retreat at Stirling
9 Hoylake Avenue, Stirling

Cladich Pavilions
27-29 Wilpena Terrace, Aldgate

Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island

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Image: Jetty, Vivonne Bay; Julie Fletcher, South Australian Tourism Commission

Vivonne Bay is one of Australia’s best beaches so naturally, it makes a pretty spectacular setting for a picnic. The long stretch of Kangaroo Island shoreline means keen picnickers can claim a private stake of white-blonde sand and spend hours combing the beach, paddling in the water or basking in the sun. There are barbecue areas along the jetty, and the Seal Bay Conservation Park is located towards the eastern end of the bay.

Where To Stay:

Tammar Ridge
6203 North Coast Road, Snellings Beach

LifeTime Private Retreat
5997 North Coast Road, Middle River