The sky is blue, the weather warm and the day is screaming “come out and enjoy”. It’s all the perfect ingredients you need for a picnic in Brisbane’s great outdoors.
You have plenty of spots from which to choose—head mountain high, go down to the bay, find yourself some cute furry animals or explore a bit of history.
By the bay
Head to the suburbs that line the foreshore of Moreton Bay for a great day out with plenty of activity options. North of the Brisbane River, the suburbs of Redcliffe, Margate and Sandgate offer beaches with gentle waves, long stretches of sand and an extensive network of beachfront boardwalk. On the southern side of the river, the Wynnum Manly foreshore offers the same but different. Poke around the shoreline to discover hidden picnic areas and large parks, which are always a popular spot to throw down a picnic blanket.
It’s a twisting road through rainforest and gums that leads through the D’Aguilar Range north west of Brisbane city to the hills of Mt. Glorious and Mt. Nebo. There are walks through the rainforest, where you’ll see huge trees and palms with plenty of birdlife to spot. Stop at one of the many cafes in the area and relax with a great view.
Green behind the gold
Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Tamborine Mountain is surrounded by the third oldest national park in the world. Explore one of the 12 walking tracks, visit a winery, try some local cheese, pop into an art gallery or lunch at a popular picnic spot.
The top of an ancient volcano, Springbook Mountain has waterfalls, cool creeks, swimming holes and some of the oldest Antarctic Beech trees in Australia. You don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy the walking trails, and some are stroller and wheelchair friendly.
The area around Somerset Dam, which is northwest of Brisbane, includes areas for camping and boating access with picnic areas a plenty. The dam is one of Queensland’s five top fishing spots.
The only Moreton Bay island that you can drive to, Bribie Island offers both calm and surf beaches. From the eastern side there are captivating views of the Pumicestone Passage with the Glass House Mountains in the distance. More than 300 species of birds visit the island each year to nest and feed.
The Daisy Hill Koala Centre has a large outdoor koala enclosure and walkways that are suitable for wheelchairs plus an educational program and displays about koalas. It is surrounded by an open eucalypt regional park with picnic areas.
Take the ferry to Stradbroke Island and head to Point Lookout for a whale-watching session. The clifftop vantage points such as Frenchman's Lookout make a good picnic spot with plenty of attractive scenery in the bays below. Stradbroke Island has some excellent surfing beaches.
History comes alive
Fort Lytton National Park, near the mouth of the Brisbane River’s southern bank, is an important historic site in the defence of Brisbane. The pentagonal fortress built in 1881 is concealed behind grassy embankments and was used until the end of the Second World War. You can picnic in the grounds.
Of course, you don’t really have to leave Brisbane to find a great picnic spot. Try South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, City Botanic Gardens and Kangaroo Point Cliffs, and you’ll find plenty of cool, shady spots to spread out a picnic rug.