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Brisbane's Best Picnic Destinations

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Spring has sprung, and despite magpies, hayfever and a new need to shave our legs, (RIP that extra 10 minutes in the morning), it’s also picnic season.

Firstly, location is key. Whether you’re gathering the girls together, a family outing or a cute date with your latest squeeze – you can’t have it just anywhere. With some of the prettiest parks, hiking paths and gardens around, we’ve put together our picnic picks. 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. Whether you’re cooking up a storm on the communal BBQs or reclining on the grass with a crisp bottle of rosé and a spread of cheese and chacuterie, the surrounding shops have all your needs covered. New Farm Deli has over 100 varieties of cheese, from brie to the unpronounceable, as well as one of Brisbane’s most extensive ranges of meats and small goods. Grab some marinated olives, an ashy chevre and some jamon and flee to the park, just 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 picnic needs for you with chacuterie 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. After you’ve stocked up on some healthy treats, ruin it all by cruising by Craft and picking up a six pack of craft beer – like the limited-edition Whaler Blood Orange IPA from Green Beacon.

South Bank Parklands

Not 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 a picnic package for you with delicacies like 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.

Words by Emma Callaghan