Beautiful Brisbane picnic spots to spend a sunny day

Brisbane Picnic Spots

Brisbane’s constant sunny weather is what most of the world can only dream of. Spending time outdoors is the best way to make use of this climate.


These Brisbane picnic spots are some of the most pleasant places to do just that.

Opening image: Couple having a picnic in the riverfront park. Image: Tourism and Events Queensland.


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City Botanic Gardens

Opening in 1855, City Botanic Gardens is Brisbane’s original botanic garden. For years the spot was used to provide food to the Brisbane colony, but after undergoing renovations in 1987 this spot is wonderful for picnics. Spread your blanket out on the lawn of the 18-hectare site and take in the views. Choose between spots near the river, lagoons, flower gardens, and more. Each area has been carefully curated for decades to showcase Brisbane’s important horticultural history. Check out various events while there and even take a free walking tour. Whether you’re just stopping by for lunch or spending the whole day, the City Botanic Gardens is one of the best picnic spots in Brisbane. 


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Roma Street Parklands

Holding a Green Flag Award for being one of the best green spaces in the world, Roma Street Parklands is a must-visit. A former meeting place for the Turrbal Aboriginal nation, the space is designed to be easily accessible for all to use and enjoy. The great views and well-kept facilities make Roma a pleasant place to picnic with family or friends. Certain days you may even catch one of their frequent events. Live music, markets, walking tours, workshops and more can all be enjoyed within the Parklands. This area is an exciting place to eat and explore.

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Kangaroo Point

If you love skyline views and a good barbecue, Kangaroo Point is the place for you. The park includes many picnic areas with electric barbecues, covered tables, a playground, and maintained facilities. Areas are available for bookings by groups or you can set up on one of the public spaces. Spend your meal watching climbers brave the cliffs and boats floating along the river. The views of Brisbane are the biggest draw to this location, so make sure you get a good spot to enjoy it. 


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Southbank Parklands

With several swimming facilities, walking paths, and picnic spots, Southbank Parklands is an essential. Located along the Brisbane river in South Brisbane, this area is easily accessible. Stop over at Picnic Island Greens for a great family picnic area. The wide open space and state of the art playground makes this area perfect for a picnic with kids. Adults can make use of covered barbeques while taking in the peaceful forest and pond. With so many activities around, this picnic spot is sure to entertain the whole family.

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New Farm Park

New Farm Park greets nearly 18,000 visitors every week from all over the world. Clearly, this park is clearly loved by many. One of the oldest parks and picnic spots in Brisbane, New Farm Park includes a historic powerhouse which now hosts live music, markets, and a moonlight cinema. With a playground, croquet lawns, barbecues, and huge grassy spaces, New Farm Park is a great place to bring the whole family, including your pooch, for a picnic.

Family watching the sun rise over Brisbane City from Mount Coot-Tha Lookout



Mount Coot-Tha Reserve

Mount Coot-Tha Reserve, Brisbane’s largest natural area, is home to nine scenic picnic spots. Each have access to picnic tables, green space, Beautiful lookouts, and hiking trails. Spread your blanket out among nearly 370 wildlife species and 450 native plant species and enjoy the calming quality of nature. After eating, take a hike on one of the many groomed trails throughout the park and take it all in.


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Howard Smith Wharves

Want more of a city vibe? Look no further than the Howard Smith Wharves. This spot is surrounded by many amazing businesses and activities. Each weekend the Wharves host “Weekends on the Lawn” with live music. Grab some food from the surrounding restaurants or bring your own basket. Either way, you will have a great time kicking back by the river at this wonderful picnic spot.

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