Best picnic spots across Brisbane
Want to get away from the everyday? Pack up the picnic blanket, hamper and esky to explore these top and lesser-known picnic spots around Brisbane.
Grab some friends, round up the kids or take your favourite person on a romantic alfresco date. You’ll discover why Brisbane’s climate is ripe for the great outdoors and that nature is never far away. With picnic hot spots located across the entire region, you might find a surprise or two waiting for you.
This Priestdale park is the perfect place for families, especially for the whacky Funderwood Hollow playground popular with kids. Picnic under the trees or gazebos, stroll along the boardwalk by the lagoon or get active by making use of the BMX facilities, nearby mountain bike trails and a huge dog off-leash area.
Located on a lazy loop of the Logan River at Loganholme, this is the spot to spread out a blanket under fig trees and 200-year-old blue gum trees. Keep an eye out for birds, possums, koalas and gliders or throw a line in the river from the pontoon.
Surrounded by an impressive mountainous backdrop, Lake Maroon is popular for fishing, canoeing, sailing and kayaking and a perfect place to have a lakeside picnic and, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you might consider camping for the night.
Scenery abounds here. With the distinctive peaks of mounts Barney, Maroon, May, Lindesay, Ernest, Ballow and Clunie as your backdrop, head into the Yellow Pinch picnic area and try your luck photographing kingfishers swooping over the water.
One for the birds. Spot up to 150 different species of our avian friends at this pretty lakeside park that has playground equipment, barbecues, exercise equipment and is dog-friendly.
Take in mountain and valley views at this out-of-the-way lookout near Laidley, complemented by two viewing platforms, picnic tables and accompanied by murals and sculptures.
This bushland oasis at Brassall is perfect for some time away from the bustle. You can attempt to spot the namesake of the Willy Wagtail Circuit or watch the planes coming and going at the Amberley RAAF Base from Tom Craik Lookout.
Feast on a spread at the Paperbark Flats Picnic Area before enjoying the full gamut of outdoor activities at this regionally-significant bushland area, including hiking, bird watching, horse riding (BYO horse), mountain bike riding and revelling in nature.
Get back to nature not far from the city. Spend the day exploring these spacious parks by foot, atop a mountain bike or on horseback and then enjoy a barbecue or picnic in the shade.
You’ll love this calm-water beach on Bribie Island, perfect for swimming and water sports with superb picnic facilities thrown in for good measure.
There be yowies in them hills. Easy access to nearby attractions including an art gallery, craft cottage and aquatic centre are a highlight of this picnic spot in Kilcoy – plus you can learn about the mysterious yowie at the visitor information centre.
History and art meet here. Formerly home to a condensed milk factory, this gallery in Toogoolawah hosts rotating art exhibitions is home to the local visitor information centre and offers you a pleasant place for a picnic in a picturesque rural area.
Complete with its own historic lighthouse, you’ll find a seaside park, fish and chip outlet, children’s playground and shaded picnic areas in this little patch of paradise.
Get three for the price of one. Sandgate Foreshores Park encompasses three parks (Brighton, Sandgate and Shorncliffe) overlooking Moreton Bay. Here, you’ll find the famous Shorncliffe Pier, Baxter's Jetty and boat ramp, beach promenade and the evocatively-titled Lover's Walk.
This tranquil portion of bushland on Tingalpa Creek abounds in koalas, possums, gliders and wallabies and is the perfect place to prepare a picnic or cook your lunch on a wood-fired barbecue.
Dog lovers will love the off-leash area of this West End park, and you’ll find it perfect for lounging under a shady tree and watching the CityCats glide by on the Brisbane River.
What’s not to love? The looming pylons of the Story Bridge stretch up from this Kangaroo Point park with fabulous views of the Howard Smith Wharves and city skyline across the Brisbane River.