Top picnic spots this Spring at South Bank

Who doesn’t love a picnic in Spring? The sun is out, birds are chirping and that cold, winter breeze has disappeared. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite spaces to picnic in the Parklands this Spring. 

River Quay

Licensed Areas

Cheeky fruit punch? That’s okay! Picnic Island, River Quay and Riverside Green are licensed between 10am and 8pm daily (excluding Australia Day, New Year's Eve and Riverfire when no alcohol is permitted). To consume alcohol in South Bank Parklands, you must be 18+ and you must be consuming food along with your drinks.

River Quay Green 

Bring a picnic rug, basket of goodies and enjoy the view of the Brisbane river on the River Quay Green.  There is plenty of seating on the stairs or there are a few deck chairs available if you get in early. This is the perfect spot for a sunset picnic with friends or family. There are no barbeque facilities in this area but that’s nothing Mum’s homemade potato salad can’t fix.  

Picnic Island Green 

Picnic Island is an awesome space for families! With lush lawns, large shady trees and an island surrounded by a shallow stream. There is plenty of room for recreational activities as well as a playground to amuse the kids. South Bank Parklands barbeques are completely free to use. They are not available to book though so first in is, like your salad, best dressed.

Riverside Green Playground 

With gorgeous views of the Brisbane river and city skyline, barbeque facilities and an adventure playground for the kids, Riverside Green is the perfect spot for a celebration picnic, birthday, family reunion and anything in between. 

Alcohol Free Areas

Rainforest Green

If you feel like a quiet, peaceful retreat, the Rainforest Green is the ideal spot for your picnic. Shrouded in sub-tropical gardens this space will be your weekend sanctuary.  Bring a blanket, picnic basket and your beloved ones and celebrate Spring! 

Liana Lounge

Sit back and relax in the Liana Lounge. The Liana Lounge has an art piece (inspired by Australia’s native liana vines) that doubles as a seating option for visitors. It is lined with beautiful, large, leafy trees and offers a place to Zen out in the city. 

Little Stanley Street Lawns

The Little Stanley Street Lawns are located opposite South Bank’s lively Little Stanley Street, an inviting green space dotted with leafy fig trees. This vast space is perfect for your family picnic. If you are short on time, pick up some goodies from one of the many retailers in Southbank. Chester Street Bakery and Sweetopia have a great range of baked goods, perfect for a picnic.

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