Whether you’re looking at hosting your little one’s birthday party in a local park or you want to find a shady spot to take the family to relax on the weekend, Brisbane has a variety of great picnic spots. From playgrounds to nature centres, stunning views and large open grass areas to throw a frisbee, each park has its own unique mix of amenities and features. That’s why we’ve created a list of some of our favourite picnic spots in Brisbane so that you can choose the perfect park for your event.
New Farm Park
A Brisbane icon, New Farm Park is one of the city’s oldest and largest parks, hosting more than 18,000 visitors each week. But never fear, there’s more than enough room for everyone to grab a shady spot on the lush lawns under a tree. Let the kids run wild in the great open space, throw the frisbee around or laze by the Brisbane River. New Farm Park really is the perfect location for the whole family. Located next to the park, the Powerhouse brings this vibrant area to life with musicians, comedy and art. And on weekends you’ll have the opportunity to wander through the Powerhouse Farmers Market. New Farm Park is currently undergoing a renovation; however, a staged approach to the changes means there’s little to no interruption to your picnic adventures.
Located along the Brisbane River in West End, Orleigh Park features beautiful Moreton Bay figs which provide plenty of shade for picnics. This park is a great location for families, with an exciting playground, BBQ and picnic shelters, water and public toilets. In fact, you might even know the area as Froggy Park, a nickname for the park derived from the large frog and tongue slide. With great access via public transport and plenty of street parking available, you’ll have no trouble accessing this park. And better yet, if you’re looking to hold an event or party at the park, you can reserve a location through Brisbane City Council.
Rocks Riverside Park
Mixing history with contemporary family fun, Rocks Riverside Park is a great location for a picnic with the kids. Surrounded by magnificent gumtrees and sandstone rocks on one side and a river on the other, you’ll easily be able to spend a day exploring this Rocks Riverside. The park itself features an aqua-activity centre, an edible garden, a large green lawn, half-sized basketball court, a junior playground, and a climbing net-fort which will all keep the kids entertained for hours. The park is also scattered with pavilions, BBQs, public art and industrial artifacts providing plenty of things to see and do.
Although Queens Park isn’t technically located in Brisbane, we think it’s a great spot for a picnic. Just outside Brisbane, in Ipswich, you’ll find a truly charming heritage-listed park with an endless list of things to see and do. Queens Park not only has a beautiful rolling green space to relax with a picnic, but it also features a playground inspired by the city’s mining history. Home to the Ipswich Nature Centre, which originally opened in 1936, a visit to this park means you’ll also be able to get up close and personal with all kinds of Australian wildlife. And the best part? It’s affordable! With entry only a gold coin donation, you can take the whole family to see the array of wombats, emus, quolls, and wallabies, and even be swept away by the colour and sound of the vibrant bird aviary.
Also hosting a cafe, an environmental education centre, and the unique Japanese Nerima Gardens, Queens Park is a definite to add to your must-do list.
Wilson Outlook Reserve
Perfect for those looking for a quaint picnic with a view, Wilson Outlook Reserve is a small stretch of green overlooking the Story Bridge, Brisbane City, and Kangaroo Point. What it lacks in size and amenities, it sure does make up for in terms of view. Gather a small group of friends here for an enchanting twilight picnic.
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