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Best picnic spots in Australia

Picnicking – it’s a favourite pastime for many.

And when it comes to Australia’s best picnic spots, the options are just about endless.

Clearly, we can’t feature them all. But we can highlight some sensational spots that extend well beyond just pretty patches of grass. And most are free to visit.

Whether for the views, the ambience, or the unique setting, it’s time to throw down a blanket at one of these alluring locations.

Monkeys are part of the attraction at this Launceston park. More below. Credit: Lusy Productions.

Best picnic spots in VIC

Centenary Park, Bright

High Country picnic spots are abundant. And Centenary Park is among the top picks, particularly for families. It’s central, on the banks of the Ovens River, and includes an action-packed splash park along with a playground.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Bright Holiday Park and BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park.

Centenary Park is overflowing with picnic appeal.

Nyah-Vinifera Park, Swan Hill

This picturesque park is filled with treasure: billabongs, lagoons, and Aboriginal heritage sites backed by towering trees that dominate the sprawling forest. Picnic tables are dotted throughout, mostly reached along rewarding walking trails.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Riverside Swan Hill and BIG4 Swan Hill.

Pretty as a picture: Nyah Vinifera Park. Courtesy: Swan Hill Incorporated.

Cowes Beach Foreshore, Phillip Island

Pack a picnic or grab fish and chips, claim a patch of lush grass, and enjoy the shimmering water views. Holiday bliss.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Phillip Island

Cowes Beach Foreshore is a pleasant picnic spot.

Best picnic spots in TAS

City Park, Launceston

Launceston has tons of parks and gardens that suit a pleasant picnic. This historical park gets the nod for its central location, ample grass and shade, and feast of facilities for young and old. The highlight is a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.

There's a lot to love about City Park. Credit: Lusy Productions.

Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, near Burnie

This private garden is absolutely dazzling, filled with more colours than a rainbow. Picnic within tranquil surrounds that are home to thousands of rhododendrons and other plants as well as lakes, waterfalls, and more. And there’s the chance to glimpse wildlife. An underrated gem.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park.

Vibrant: Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden. Credit: Tourism Australia/Graham Freeman.

Richmond Riverbank Park, near Hobart

Claim turf on the banks of the Coal River and admire views that feature one of Australia’s oldest bridges. Iconic Richmond Bridge was built in 1825 and is still in use today.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

Super setting: Richmond Riverbank Park. Credit: Alastair Bett.

Best picnic spots in QLD

Picnic Point Lookout, Toowoomba

With a name like Picnic Point, this location had to be included. The lookout, which serves up pretty panoramas, is nestled within massive parklands that deliver ample spots to picnic and a wealth of other all-age attractions. Found on the fringes of the CBD, this is a must-visit Toowoomba attraction.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park.

Picnic Point Lookout is must-visit material. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

The spectacular reserve dishes up a sea of subtropical rainforest and allows visitors to feast on spectacular views of the iconic Glass House Mountains. Lawned areas are perfect for picnics; a playground adds further appeal for families.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Caloundra Holiday Park.

A treat: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Cedar Creek Falls, near Proserpine

This waterhole is a truly captivating picnic location, home to flowing falls within an amphitheatre-like setting. This is a great place for a swim too, or a hike for the more adventurous and energetic.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Conway Beach Tourist Park Whitsundays, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, and BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort.

Idyllic: Cedar Creek Falls. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Best picnic spots in NSW

Victoria Park, Forbes

Scenic surrounds meet history at this central location. Victoria Park boasts plenty of lush grass, gardens, and loads of shade while being circled by eye-catching heritage buildings.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park.

History meets nature: Victoria Park, Forbes. Credit: Destination NSW.

Little Bay Picnic Area, near South West Rocks

Indulge in scenic surrounds within Arakoon National Park. This beach picnic spot is a magnet thanks to its beautiful outlook and features shade-covered tables, barbecues, and a playground. Sensational.

Nearby accommodation: NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Resort.

Little Bay, big appeal. Credit: Destination NSW.

Belmore Park, Goulburn

Located in the heart of Goulburn, Belmore Park attracts locals and visitors alike thanks to its versatile appeal. Picnic under a tree and then explore various monuments and sculptures as well as gardens, war memorials, and more.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Governor's Hill Carapark.

Picnic prettiness: Belmore Park, Goulburn. Credit: Destination NSW.

Cupitt's Winery, Ulladulla

For a romantic picnic or a day out with friends, this South Coast spot is hard to beat. Picnic on spacious lawns while sipping on delicious wine and admire slightly elevated views that encompass Burrill Lake and the Budawang Ranges.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Lake Conjola and BIG4 Racecourse Beach Tourist Park at Bawley Point.

Cupitt's Winery in Ulladulla is an irresistible picnic spot. Credit: Destination NSW.

Best picnic spots in NT

Mindil Beach, Darwin

This is one of the most iconic places to admire a stunning Top End sunset. And from late April to late October, you can fill the picnic basket with goodies from the neighbouring markets that are held each Thursday and Sunday.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park.

Picnic in paradise: Mindil Beach. Credit: Mindil Beach Markets/Kacie Austin.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

Combine a fascinating and important slice of history with relaxing surrounds. This site is considered the birthplace of Alice Springs township, and exploration of the telegraph station is encouraged.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station makes for a prime picnic spot. Credit: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught.

Best picnic spots in SA

Possum Parade, Renmark

With its riverside setting, Possum Parade is a relaxing place to while away an afternoon. But it’s at dusk that things get interesting as several friendly possums reliably stop by for a feed, much to the delight of youngsters.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park and BIG4 Loxton Riverfront Holiday Park.

Possum Parade is well-named. Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone.

Naracoorte Swimming Lake

While called a lake, really this is a massive swimming pool. Ample grassy areas with shade suit picnics and the artificial, chlorinated lake has all-ages appeal thanks to a diving pontoon, lane swimming, an enclosed children’s area, and more. A must-visit when in Naracoorte from late November until late March.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park.

All-ages appeal: Naracoorte Swimming Lake. Credit: Naracoorte Lucindale Council.

Port Willunga Beach caves

Enjoy a unique beach picnic experience. This popular stretch of sand is backed by cliffs where anglers once carved caves for storage purposes. Nowadays, the caves create quirky, shade-filled picnic spots.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.

Unique: Port Willunga Beach caves: Credit: Elise Cook.

Best picnic spots in WA

Whiteman Park, Perth

Comprising 4000ha of bushland, this popular Swan Valley park is more than just a prized Perth picnic spot. While there are ample picnic grounds, Whiteman Park is also home to playgrounds, designated dog parks, three transport museums, vintage bus and train rides, electric tram rides, a wildlife park, and more. Wow!

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park.

Caversham Wildlife Park is among the key attractions within Whiteman Park. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Rotary Park, Margaret River

Picnic in picturesque surrounds at this riverside park, filled with tall trees that offer plenty of protection from the sun. There's a playground for young ones and a fantastic heritage trail to soak up past tales and burn energy after an indulgent spread.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.

Sea of green: Rotary Park. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Rocky Pool, near Carnarvon

This sure is one enticing, idyllic picnic spot. Put the rug down on the banks of this serene freshwater pool, flanked by ghost gum trees and vibrant reddish rocks. This is also a great choice for a refreshing dip year round and is located roughly 40km from Carnarvon.

Nearby accommodation: BIG4 Plantation Caravan Park in Carnarvon.

Enjoy the majestic surrounds of Rocky Pool. Credit: Carnarvon Visitor Centre.

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