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BEST Picnic Spots in Brisbane: with Picnic Hamper Ideas!

This article will help you find the best picnic spots in Brisbane. Whether you already have a favourite picnic spot or you’re looking to explore a new area, from national parks to the beachside, there are plenty of options for everyone. This article will also recommend picnic hamper options.

If you’re looking for the best picnic spots in Brisbane, you’ll find plenty of beautiful locations to choose from. If you don’t fancy doing the catering yourself (or if you are planning a surprise for someone!) keep reading as we’ll also tell you where to buy delicious hampers ready to go!

Best picnic spots in Brisbane City

Brisbane City is an obvious choice for an easy picnic spot, and with good reason! There’s heaps of cheap parking and plenty of space. For an awesome day out in Brisbane, take a picnic rug and cushions or camp chairs and head to one of these park or riverside locations.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Kangaroo Point offers the best of both worlds. Picnic at the top of the cliffs for the breeze and stunning views or at the bottom for riverside dining. Parking can be limited at Kangaroo Point but you can park at South Bank Parklands and take a leisurely 2km stroll along the river to the foot of the cliffs.

Families Tip: Check out One Fish Two Fish below for a seafood treat at Kangaroo Point.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs is a popular spot, but if it’s a little too crowded for you, you won’t have to travel too far for an equally beautiful location.

RELATED: Grab our favourite picnic blanket here.

South Bank picnic spots

Buddhist Temples Brisbane South Bank
Buddhist Temple at Southbank.

At Southbank, you are spoiled for choice of places to spread your picnic rug. There are lots of grassy lawns and shady trees, themed gardens and waterside locations, and plenty of room to play and explore.

Roma Street Parklands

Roma St Parkland The Summit best picnic spots in Brisbane

Roma Street Parklands is a beautiful place to relax and play any day. We advise that children take their scooters because you will definitely want to explore the two incredible playgrounds! Just like Southbank, Roma Street Parklands has expansive lawn areas, water features, and themed gardens to enjoy. (Also how awesome is our picnic blanket? Check out the picnic blanket range here.)

Howard Smith Wharves

The Howard Smith Wharves, beneath Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge, has been rejuvenated and the results are amazing! The Wharves now boast parklands and public open spaces ideal for picnicking, with a convenient lift to the top of the cliffs for spectacular views. There are also plenty of restaurants available with delicious gourmet takeaway options.

Brisbane City Botanical Gardens

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Brisbane City Botanical Gardens is an urban oasis and a pleasure to visit. There’s room for the kids to kick a ball while you can relax and enjoy the view, and afterward, you can tour the gardens to spot wildlife and learn about the native plants.

Government House

Have a Picnic Sunday at Government House from 11am-2pm at the Fernberg Estate. Bring your own blanket, basket, food, and thermos and find a shady spot in the beautifully manicured 4-hectares of formal gardens surrounding Government House – including by the statue of Her Majesty The Queen or under the majestic West Indian Cedar Tree which has shaded the lawns at the front of the House for well over a century. This community event is free to attend.

NOTE: Picnic Sundays will not happen every Sunday. More Picnic Sundays will be held throughout the year, including on Mother’s and Father’s Days in 2024. Check their website for more information.

Best picnic spots on Brisbane beaches

Being by the water is both soothing and rejuvenating – perfect soul food for busy families in need of a break. If you love the refreshing sea air and sand between your toes, then a nearby foreshore will be your best bet for the best beach picnic spots in Brisbane. If sand is not your preference then Brisbane’s reservoirs are another great waterside spot, lined with shady trees and abundant with wildlife. These are destinations the whole family can enjoy.

Sandgate Foreshore

A gently sloping beach and a 6.5km stretch of scenic promenade, accessorised with a string of beautiful parks and picnic areas, makes Sandgate Foreshore the perfect family destination. Take the kids’ scooters and enjoy a sea-front stroll, or let them run around in Arthur Davis Park. You might even spot a few fairy doors along the way!

Wynnum-Manly Foreshore

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The promenade along the Wynnum-Manly Foreshore stretches for kilometres and includes a pier and the Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk. There’s a small sandy beach sheltered beside the pier and lots of grassy space ideal for picnicking. If you’re lucky you might even spot dugongs enjoying the sea grass!

RELATED: If you are going to the beach, you will need this sand-free picnic blanket!

Wellington Point Reserve

Wellington Point Reserve is a favourite family spot with its safe sandy beach and awesome climbing trees. If you time it right with the tide, the family can walk out along the sandbar to historic King Island. There are great views in every direction from Wellington Point Reserve, but the reserve isn’t huge and parking is limited so be prepared for it to be quite busy!

Redcliffe Peninsula

The Redcliffe Peninsula offers something to suit every Brisbane family’s taste and lifestyle. The gorgeous Redcliffe Lagoon is an ocean-side tropical paradise for families, Suttons Beach is a safe spot to paddle or relax on the sand, and Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is the surprising hidden gem. Pack a three-course picnic and go to them all!

Enoggera Reservoir

Enogerra Reservoir picnic

For an old-fashioned picnic (no supplied tables or BBQ facilities) head to Enoggera Reservoir. There is plenty of shade beneath the trees and lots of wildlife to spot. There is even a small sandpit for the kids. Check out our Enoggera Reservoir video review.

RELATED: Need a picnic basket? Check out the variety and sizes of picnic baskets here.

Best picnic spots in Brisbane parks

If you love open spaces and shady trees, manicured gardens, and maybe a water feature or two, then a picnic in one of Brisbane’s parks is ideal. You can stick to your favourite local park, explore a new park in your area (check your council website for a list of all their parks), or try one of these beautiful locations.

Sherwood Arboretum

As the name suggests, Sherwood Arboretum has an abundance of leafy trees to shelter beneath, and trees that the kids can climb. There are wide grassy spaces overlooking the Brisbane River for relaxation and play, and beautiful boardwalks along the pristine man-made wetlands.

Capalaba Regional Park

Just off Pittwin Road, Capalaba, you will find 14 hectares of glorious parkland. The awesome playground has something for all ages and there is masses of open space to explore or lay out a picnic rug while enjoying the lovely scenery.

Daisy Hill Conservation Park

Koala at Daisy Hill

Famous for being the home of the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Daisy Hill Conservation Park has over 400 hectares of space to explore and spread out a picnic blanket. After your picnic, take a stroll along one of the walking trails to see if you can spot any koalas! If your family loves bike riding you can also explore some of the best SEQ mountain bike trails during your visit. This park has BBQs and a number of sheltered picnic areas, however, they are very popular so get in early.

New Farm Park

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New Farm Park is located next to the Brisbane River, with an abundance of places to picnic. Beautiful pathways meander through trees and gardens and a pram-friendly walk follows all the way to Newstead House. This is a super popular location, but it is also huge. We recommend getting in early to grab the best park picnic spots in Brisbane!

Read our New Farm Park review here.

Families Tip: See below to find out how to have a beautiful picnic ready and waiting for you at New Farm Park!

Picnic spots in Brisbane’s national parks

Brisbane’s national parks are as varied as they are beautiful. We have mountain parks, forests and waterfalls all within 50 kilometres, and most are open to the public! Get amongst the trees or dip your toes in a creek with a picnic at one of these stunning national parks.

Tip: Pets aren’t allowed in Brisbane’s national parks (sorry Fido!) and you must remember to take all your rubbish away with you and ‘leave only footprints’.

Kholo Gardens

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Kholo Gardens is a hidden gem for families. Set a picnic by the lily pond and enjoy the tranquility before exploring the historic grounds. There’s plenty of room for a game of frisbee, and beautiful walking trails through the trees and by the creek. You can find out more in our Kholo Gardens video review.

Mount Coot-tha

Mt Cootha Botanical Garden best picnic spots in Brisbane

Mount Coot-tha is perhaps Brisbane’s most famous national park. It’s home to the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the Mount Coot-tha Lookout with views over the city, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and JC Slaughter Falls.

JC Slaughter Falls has plenty of space ideal for picnicking. If you are feeling adventurous after your picnic, you can try one of the walks to the summit but they can be challenging and are not pram-friendly. An easier way to the summit is to drive.

The Summit best picnic spots in Brisbane

At the top, you can purchase refreshments from the Summit Cafe, and there are lawns available for picnicking. If you’re planning on picnicking at the summit you might have to get there early to snag a spot – it’s another popular destination!

Karawatha Forest Park

Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre.

Karawatha Forest Park is a huge area of natural bushland just 18km south of Brisbane. The Discovery Centre is a great space to learn about the fabulous landscape, plus there’s an outdoor nature play area with water pump fun, cubby house building, and the Discovery Centre even loans lawn games! Karawatha Forest has many shaded picnic areas and beautiful meandering paths taking you into the heart of nature. Find out more with our review of Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre.

Mount Glorious

Hiking Mt Glorious with kids

Mount Glorious is the perfect location for active families. If hiking is your thing and you’re happy to pull sandwiches out of your backpack during a rest stop, then consider leaving the city behind and venturing along one of the stunning Mount Glorious hiking trails.

Mt Nebo – Jollys Lookout

If you love views that take your breath away, you need to add Jollys Lookout to your list! Jollys Lookout was named in 1930 by the then-mayor William Jolly who thought it “a fine place to have a picnic”. He was not wrong!

You can access Jollys Lookout via the 4km Thylogale Walking Track or drive up the sealed road to the summit. Once there, you’ll find ample places to lay your picnic in the grass or at one of the plentiful picnic tables and shelters. Then simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking view over the D’Aguilar ranges.

Best picnic hampers

If you’re planning a surprise for someone, or simply don’t fancy self-catering, we have some wonderful businesses in Brisbane taking orders for picnic hampers and grazing platters.

The Vintage Picnic

Mother's Day Picnic by The vintage Picnic
Mother’s Day Picnic by The Vintage Picnic

The Vintage Picnic is offering a range of exquisite gourmet Mother’s Day picnics to be enjoyed at New Farm Park. They’ll do all the work for you! Your picnic will be beautifully staged under a shady tree with delicious food and drinks ready to be enjoyed. For those planning a surprise for Mum, this is the ultimate!

New Farm Deli & Cafe

Let New Farm Deli cater for your Mother’s Day picnic. Choose from a selection of delicious deli platters, salads, traditional pasta, tasty gourmet rolls, or petite finger food options.

Aimee Provence High Tea Parlour

Aimee Provence is taking orders for delivery of a Mother’s Day High Tea hamper brimming with delicious treats to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and Gympie.

One Fish Two Fish

One Fish Two Fish is famous for its takeaway packs, perfect for riverside picnics.


With gourmet salads, gluten-free savoury tarts, sensational cakes and more, Botanica can help you prepare a picnic feast to remember.

Lettuce Eat Cafe & Catering – West End

Lettuce Eat can help with a range of healthy platters including wraps, gourmet sandwiches, fruit, and pastries! 

The Croft House

Get a great spread at The Croft House, who pride themselves on providing locally sourced modern Australian food, made with seasonal and authentic ingredients.

The Picnic Co

The Picnic Co has a range of picnic packages to suit your needs for groups as small as 2 people, up to larger groups of 80 people. Their main goal is to take the stress out of the planning for for you and your guests.

Best picnic spots in Brisbane

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Joanne Crane

Joanne loves speaking directly to people of all ages through the medium of writing, sharing tips and knowledge for families and kids to help everyone get the most out of life. Her focus is on the development of resilience, confidence and independence in children, and on helping families engage and create lasting memories. Self-esteem, self-respect and self-worth are vital skills that Joanne believes children need to learn early to help them grow as adults.

2 thoughts on “BEST Picnic Spots in Brisbane: with Picnic Hamper Ideas!”

  1. Loved this post! The recommendations were spot on and the picnic hamper ideas were amazing. We ended up trying out the botanical gardens spot and it did not disappoint. Would definitely recommend to friends and family


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