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Brisbane's perfect picnic destinations
Day drinking, personally demolishing an entire wheel of camembert from the communal cheese board, and potentially getting swooped by spawns of Satan (birds) - what’s not to love?
When it comes to picnicking properly, location is key. Whether you’re gathering the girls together, planning a family outing, or lining up a cute date with your latest squeeze, you’re going to want to land a spot that’s easy on the eyes (and public drinking laws).
With some of the prettiest parks, hiking paths and gardens around, we’ve put together our picnic picks across Brisbane. Just don’t forget an ice-cream helmet for stray magpie swoops – THE EYES DON’T WORK!
NEW FARM PARK
One of the most popular picnic locations in Brisbane, it’s rare to find New Farm Park empty on a sunny Saturday or Sunday (but she’s big enough to fit you in). Whether you’re planning to cook up a storm on the communal BBQs or recline on the grass with a crisp bottle of rosé and a spread of cheese and charcuterie, surrounding shops have all your needs covered for last-minute purchases. New Farm Deli has over 100 varieties of cheese, from brie to unpronounceable, as well as one of Brisbane’s most extensive ranges of meats and small goods. Grab some marinated olives, an ashy chèvre and flee to the park (and don’t forget a bottle (or two) of wine from Vintage Cellars). Feeling indecisive? Let the experts at Gerard’s Bar take care of your snack needs with charcuterie and cheese picnic boxes available from $48 per box.
BRISBANE BOTANICAL GARDENS
The sprawling lawns and river views of Brisbane Botanical Gardens are perfect for a day in the sun, when they’re not being overrun with uni students or festival goers. Leave the goon bag or flask at home and keep it classy by detouring through Red Hill on your way to the gardens. First stop – Botanica Real Food. With an emphasis on wholesome, nourishing salads and freshly baked cakes, Botanica Real Food will challenge all your ideas that you can’t make friends with salads. Once you’ve secured some greens, head to the gardens for a bite, an Instagram photoshoot, and a solid post-picnic nap.
SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS
More than just tourists, rampant ibis (damn those beautiful bin chickens) and Streets Beach – South Bank is also home to one of Brisbane’s best picnic spots. Stretch out on the grass next to the beautiful brown snake and treat yourself to a picnic basket from Popolo. Whether it’s a romantic rendezvous or a cheeky catch up, Popolo have the perfect picnic package for you with delicacies including salumi, cheese, olives pickled vegetables and breads from $65. More in the mood for seafood than salami? Stop by River Quay Fish and pick up a chef’s seafood selection, with whiting tempura, salt and pepper calamari, fish cakes, salad and fries. Best of all, the area is totally BYO friendly – so call by Malt Traders for a bottle of French champagne on your way to the riverbank. Be sure to roll out your mat on a Sunday with free live music as part of their Sunday Sessions!
ORLEIGH PARK WEST END
Brisbane’s most alternate suburb, West End, is also home to some of the best picnic spots. First stop on your way to Orleigh Park? The Stores. With one of Brisbane’s best selections of local, interstate and imported artisan produts and small goods – The Stores is a one stop shop. Supermarket bread? Baguette about it! Grab a loaf of sourdough from their bakery, and accompany it with some of their award-winning smoked meats, olives, and decadent cheeses. Since a meal without wine is breakfast – pick up a bottle and sign up to their ‘Wine & Cheese’ appreciation club whilst you’re there – you’ll be a sommelier before you know it.
Whether your tastes live in BBQ, blue cheese or barramundi – you’d have to be a basket case not to love a Brisbane picnic.