Get out that blanket and pack the picnic basket, summer is here and the outdoors is calling.

Picnics are a great way to enjoy summer with friends or family and here in Brisbane we have some great locations right on our doorstep.

The casual vibe of picnics means shorts are a must, with outdoor games and shenanigans played and someone no doubt napping on the grass.

So pack a basket and head to one of these five locations for a fun filled day or afternoon in the summer sun:

1. Kangaroo Point cliffs

Boasting great views, Kangaroo Point is a favourite spot for fitness groups, diners and visitors alike. The cliffs are a popular pet- friendly shady picnic spot with bathrooms and barbecues available. There is also a great view of the Brisbane skyline, which becomes spectacular at sunset if you’re feeling romantic. The cliffs also host rock climbing and abseiling if you’re feeling adventurous.

2. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens. You can set up a picnic and walk around the 52 hectare gardens for free and even take a drive up to the Mount Coot-tha lookout for a spectacular view of Brisbane.

3. Lake Wivenhoe

Lake Wivenhoe is a spectacular water reserve, north-west of Brisbane. A visit to this scenic natural area offers a peaceful and tranquil outing complete with panoramic views of the lake. This area is perfect for family-style recreation and is a quiet and relaxed setting. You can get permits for fishing, boating and camping at Lake Wivenhoe and it has facilities including toilets, parking, shelter sheds, barbecues, interpretive displays, information trail and a lookout.

4. Botanical Gardens

Located on the banks of the Brisbane River the City Botanic Gardens truly are an oasis in the middle of the city.There is plenty of luscious lawn to roll out the rug and have a game of cricket or football.There are attractions to see within the gardens and there is even self-guided tour walks if you’re interested in learning more about the area.

5. Rocks Riverside Park

This one is for the kids. It’s a water park in Seventeen Mile Rocks that offers a place to cool off in summer, and is geared for toddlers. This park also includes large sandpits, a flying fox, climbing nets, bike paths and swings for all ages. It is the perfect spot to set up a picnic and let the kids run wild.


Are you planning a picnic this summer? Where is your favourite picnic location?