The Weekend Series: Relax at Brisbane’s picturesque picnic spots
Pack a hamper, put the rug in the car, grab some friends – it’s picnic time. If you’ve been craving some time in the sunshine on the weekend, a gold old-fashioned picnic is the way to go. We’ve picked some choice spots to spend an afternoon with food and friends.
River Quay Green
Why it’s perfect: As far as picturesque spots to chow down go, South Bank’s River Quay Green is pretty darn phenomenal. Not only do you get uninterrupted views of the Brisbane City skyline, but River Quay Green is also one of the few spots in the area where you can BYO. The only catch is you have to have food with you, which is no problem when you’re there to picnic. Several of South Bank’s retailers offer some great morsels to save you having to go shopping, including Malt Traders, River Quay Fish and Popolo.
Why it’s perfect: No, this isn’t a theme park dedicated to pelicans, but fans of the bird will find a lot to love. Situated on the Clontarf edge of the Redcliffe peninsula next to Bells Beach, Pelican Park is a waterside destination that offers not only a great spot to picnic but also acts as a great spot to observe some nature. Pelicans flock here en masse, and early risers can watch the birds being fed by local volunteers. This spot also features a boat-themed playground for sailors in the making, as well as electric barbecues, toilet facilities, a boat ramp and a beach.
Why it’s perfect: Mount Nebo never gets as much love as its antenna-adorned neighbour Mount Coot-tha – which is a big injustice in our opinion. All along the winding road to the top of Mount Nebo are a bunch of great spots to pull over and take in the view, but Jollys Lookout is one of the best ones. The views sweep from Moreton Bay to the D’Aguilar ranges, with tables and barbecue facilities for those that want to go all out.
Fig Tree Point Park
Why it’s perfect: This park on the Lota Esplanade boasts plenty of playground facilities for the kids, as well as lots of open grassy spaces, sheltered picnic tables, electric barbecue facilities and public toilets. Bring the cricket set and take advantage of the room, or take in the serenity afforded by the perfect blue water.
Why it’s perfect: In addition to the sprawling views afforded by lookouts along the tourist drive, Mount Mee also boasts a few special spots to put down the rug and relax. Make your way up the mountain and take your pick of green spaces such as the Gantry Day Area, which has picnic and the barbecue areas and amenities. Work off the picnic feast with a stroll through the Piccabeen Circuit Walk before heading home.
Why it’s perfect: This leafy park is the perfect spot for a secluded picnic gathering, with plenty of shade, electric barbecues and picnic tables scattered throughout the site. The best spots in the heritage-listed area are close to the river, where the large houses on the Fig Tree Pocket side stand tall. The park also boasts some wetlands where ducks often swim in the shallows.
Honourable mentions: New Farm Park, Orleigh Park, Roma Street Parkland, Davies Park, Rocks Riverside, Bellbird Grove, White Cedar Park, City Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Wynnum Manly Foreshore, Captain Burke Park, Colmslie Recreation Reserve, Kangaroo Point Cliffs
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