The best picnic spots for families

Brisbane’s warm weather, beautiful surrounds and sunny days make picnicking a must-do family activity. Here’s where to set up your rug and picnic basket at South Bank. 

Riverside Green
Riverside Green
Easily one of Brisbane’s best picnic locations, Riverside Green comes complete with an incredible playground, free barbecues, picnic tables and river-front views. There’s also a scenic grassy knoll to set up camp on if you’d prefer to break out your picnic blanket. And if you’re keen for a glass of wine or two, it is licensed from 10am-8pm daily*.

Picnic Island Green
Picnic Island Green
If your kids need to expel some energy, head to Picnic Island Green. Shrouded in natural shade from wide, leafy trees, Picnic Island Green has plenty of flat, grassy space to kick a soccer ball on, and a playground to climb around on. It’s also licensed for the grown-ups* and has free barbecues.

Rainforest Green
Rainforest Green
Tucked away in South Bank’s towering, tropical rainforest, Rainforest Green is perfect for those wanting a secluded experience. Once you’ve eaten, make sure you enjoy the nearby Rainforest Walk and explore the Nepalese Pagoda, which has remained at South Bank since Expo ’88.

River Quay
River Quay
If your kids are a little older, River Quay is the place to visit. Opened to the public in 2011, River Quay has sweeping views of the Brisbane River and CBD as well as a natural amphitheatre that acts as tiered seating. It’s also a regular spot for live music and is licensed from 10am-8pm daily*.

To find the above locations, check out the South Bank map. For more details about what's on at South Bank, plus the latest news in restaurant openings, events and competitions, sign up to the South Bank Insider's Guide e-newsletter or visit our What's On section.

*except during major events like Australia Day, which are alcohol-free for public safety reasons.

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