Summertime, weekends, public holidays.. all perfect times for a picnic. Here is our guide to the best spots to unroll your rug and camp out for the afternoon. There’s plenty of suggestions for families, felines, adventurers, romantics and the odd surrounding spot for a coffee.
Part One: Picnic Spots
20 perfect spots to lay out a blanket and enjoy your surrounds with loved ones.
1. Kangaroo Point Cliffs – Google Map
Picnic, rock climb or have a bite at the Cliffs Café. Parking is available both above the Cliffs on River Terrace, Kangaroo Point and below the Cliffs via Dock Street, Kangaroo Point. Check out the Cliffe Café. and Riverlife Brisbane while you are in the ares.
2. Roma Street Parklands – Google Map
Picnic areas and BBQs available as well as the Melange Café if you’d like the heavy lifting taken care of. Plenty of parking available at the parkland, and accessible by foot, bus and train. Check out Melange Café.
3. City Botanic Gardens – Google Map
Located on Alice Street, Brisbane City the gorgeous park spans Limited carparking is available, so it is recommended to catch public transport to the city and journey on foot. At the time of publication the Garden’s Café was closed for maintenance check back on the Brisbane City Council website for updates.
4. New Farm Park – Google Map
Everyone’s favourite New Farm Park provides ample room to throw a Frisbee, play a game of touch football, sit back and admire the river or have a cook-up on one of the public BBQs. Plus Jan Power’s Farmer’s Markets are on the scond and fourth Saturday of every month. Or visit the Brisbane Powerhouse next door for a bite to eat and show. Plenty of parking at the park and in the surrounding streets or catch a ferry or bus. Schedule your picnic around the weekly Jan Power’s Farmer’s Market and make sure to visit the stunning Brisbane Powerhouse.
5. Captain Burke Park – Google Map.
Located under the Story Bridge on Holman Street, Kangaroo Point. This little gem is hidden away only to reveal the most amazing views of Brisbane! Featuring a playground for the kids, BBQs and toilets – everything you need for a relaxing afternoon. If the adults want to escape for a few cheeky drinks the Story Bridge Hotel is located close by. Parking available. After your picnic, stop into the Story Bridge Hotel for a cheeky afternoon drink.
6. Orleigh Park – Google Map
Located on Orleigh Street in West End, and a 10 minute walk from the West End Ferry terminal. Much of the park is not sheltered so bring a hat and sunglasses!
7. Davies Park – Google Map
Located in West End and home to the Davies Park Markets every Saturday from 6am. Parking and public transport available. While you’re there, check out the Davies Park Markets if they are on.
8. Highgate Hill Park – Google Map
Located on Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill, literally a very steep hill so save the ballsports for another day and bring a book or friends instead.
9. The Wynnum/Manly Foreshore – Google Map
The Wynnum/Manly Foreshore has everything.. located on Wynnum Esplanade, From Wynnum to Manly to Lota. Come prepared for a long walk, bike-ride, swimming or a spot of cardio on the community exercise stations. A gorgeous outlook and plenty of parking.
10. Bulimba Memorial Park – Google Map
Located towards the end of Oxford Street this spacious flat park is perfect for a game of soccer or relaxing afternoon with friends. There are some picnic tables available and The Park Bench Espresso Bar is right across the street for a little pick-me-up. Plenty of parking available or an 8 minute walk from the Bulimba Ferry Terminal. For a hot coffee on your picnic, visit The Park Bench Espresso Bar.
11. Kurilpa Park – Google Map
Located between GOMA and the Go-Between Bridge, Kurilpa Park is one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets. Stunning views of the city under colourful Jacaranda Trees. A short walk over the Kurilpa Bridge or access via Montague Road, West End. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Kurilpa Bridge and the Go-Between Bridge for different views of the city and surrounds.
12. Colmslie Reserve – Google Map
Featuring shelters, BBQs, toilets, plenty of sand for the dog to run around on and a walk along the pier… perfect picnic material. Plenty of parking available. If you forgot to pack lunch Anglers Beachside Grill will certainly fill any hungry tummies. While you’re there and if you get peckish, check out Anglers Beachside Grill.
13. Rocks Riverside Park – Google Map
Found at 5 Counihan Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks – Rocks Riverside Park has been custom designed for a day out. Complete with a flying fox to entertain the kids (and young at heart), shelters, flat lawns, BBQ’s and shady trees.
14. Bullocky Rest – Google Map
Seeking tranquility? Situated in stunning Eucalypt Reserve, Bullocky Rest boasts spectacular views of Lake Samsonvale, a peaceful way to spend the afternoon. Even the picnic spots have private parking to ensure your afternoon is undisturbed. Enter via Forgan Road, Joyner.
15. Charlish Park Redcliffe – Google Map
Charlish Park is perfect for young families, plenty of playgrounds to entertain the kids and a magnificent view out to Moreton Island that will amaze the parents. Enter via Redcliffe Parade and get in early to secure a parking spot.
16. Pelican Park – Google Map
As the name suggests, Pelican Park is home to a habitat of Pelicans and you can watch them being fed at 10am each day. Jet Skiing is permitted at Bells Beach, a short walk away. And there are plenty of picnic spots, BBQs, bikeways and play equipment to keep everyone entertained. Find it at Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf. For a Fish + Chips Lunch Try: Fish’n at Bell’s Beach or Bell’s Beach Takeaway
17. Sherwood Forest Park – Google Map
An enormous expanse of greenery, flat lands for picnic, a pond, wildlife (great for bird watchers!), great amenities and fairly unknown! Enter via Jolimont St, Sherwood.
18. Newstead House and surrounds – Google Map
Newstead house, located off Newstead Avenue, Newstead is a small area featuring Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence dating back to 1846. Admire the history from afar and set your own picnic, or pay a small entry fee for an unguided tour of the house. While you’re there, check out Newstead House.
19. Whites Hill Reserve – Google Map
Enter via Boundary Road, Camp Hill. This huge land covers 170 hectares and is home to bushland, wildlife, sports fields and walking tracks. Pack your sneakers and take a trip to the summit for a splendid view of the Brisbane City.
20. Nudgee Beach – Google Map
A largely mangrove area but with plenty of room to enjoy the beach, picnic spots and let the dog have a run around. If you are a keen-birdwatcher there are plenty that call the area home. Drop into Pam’s Café 88 for some Fish and Chips of a coffee. We love Pam’s Café 88.
Part Two: Lookouts
7 Brisbane Lookouts with the best views of our fine city and surrounds. The perfect spot for a romantic date, family getaway, or alone-time to reflect on the beauty around us.
1. Bartley’s Lookout – Google Map
Located in Ascot off Massey Street, Bartley’s Lookout (Bartley’s Hill Reserve) serves up awesome views of Hamilton, The Gateway Bridge, the Brisbane River and the City Skyline; sensational!
2. Jolly’s Lookout – Google Map
Journey to Mt Nebo for Queensland’s oldest formal lookout. Only 45 minutes out of Brisbane, Jolly’s lookout boasts views of Samford, The Glasshouse Mountains and out to Moreton Island.
3. Kangaroo Point Cliffs – Google Map
The top of Kangaroo Point Cliffs is my absolute favourite place in Brisbane. Unbelievable views along the Brisbane River of the city skyline. The perfect spot to bring fish + chips or cook up your own BBQ. Easy parking above or below the cliffs.
4. Mount Coot-tha Lookout – Google Map
An easy 10 minute drive from the city gets you sensational views of Brisbane and her surrounding suburbs. Fantastic by night and a great place for a first date! Grab a coffee at Kuta Café or dine at the Summit Restaurant.
5. Mount Gravatt Lookout – Google Map
A lookout in the suburbs or a 20 minute drive from the city centre, Mount Gravatt Lookout is popular with the teens, families and oldies alike. Be careful on the drive up the mountain, the road is narrow and windy, but well worth it! Try Echidna Magic Café for a snack at the summit.
6. Wilson’s Outlook – Google Map
You’ll find this one opposite the Story Bridge on Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley. Spectacular view of the bridge and surrounds and only a short walk back to the shops if all of this nature is making you antsy.
7. Whites Hill Lookout – Google Map
Make your way to the top of Whites Hill for a sensational view through the trees overlooking the city.
Think we’ve missed any? Comment below with your tips for the best picnic spots in Brisbane!