Although the climate in Brisbane is generally good throughout the year, the months of April and May are generally the best time to experience the outdoors. Temperature is not too cold or too hot so you can surely enjoy the outdoors. The climate is perfect and the weather is generally great during this time – the apex of the autumn season.
And what better way to enjoy the balmy temp and clear blue skies than to have a picnic.
There are a lot of great parks in and around Brisbane but not all are equally great for picnicking. So, what are the five best spots for you to splurge under the sun while enjoying good company and great foods?
1. Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Located at River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs is a favorite picnic spot here in Brisbane. Don’t be surprised to find tourists and locals flock to the area to enjoy the sun and a scenic view of the city. From this vantage point, you can see the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, the eastern section of the CBD, and riverside view of the city.
There are seats and tables, gazebos, and barbeque corners that picnickers can use. If you aren’t keen on bringing foods and stuff, you can just order something from a nearby cafe. The open grassy areas are perfect for spreading your picnic mats. If you want some action, you can try the cycleways or rock climbing.
2. Newstead Park
Newstead Park with its antique pagoda and stunning river views offers a unique picnic experience. Enjoy the shade and cool temperature provided by the towering trees.
Spread your checkered blanket on the manicured green grass while enjoying the company of your friends, a bottle of wine or drinks, and plentiful for nibbles. With its scenic views, you will surely fall in love with nature.
3. City Botanic Gardens
Spanning 45 acres, the City Botanic Gardens is a pride of Brisbane. This expansive garden has a collection of flora that consists both local and international varieties, which seems to represent how diverse and colorful the culture of Queensland is.
Despite a number of calamities, particularly floods, the horticultural landscape has retained its beauty. It has also become a popular picnic spot that offers respite to city dwellers.
The park is frequented by students, workers, and everyday passersby, who want a respite from the busy city life. There are secluded park benches, gazebos, ponds, themed walkways, and sculptures that add attraction to the park.
Trees and flowers definitely look that you might be tempted to flowers to bring back home. But if you want some fresh flowers at home, you better drop by Flowers Across Sydney where a myriad of fresh floral arrangements are ready for delivery.
4. New Farm Park
Probably the oldest park on this list, the New Farm Park is still a firm favorite destination for picnic goers.
Once the jacaranda season comes, this riverside spot instantly turns purple – perfect for Instagram-worthy shots. It also is a great place for a picnic and outdoor fun.
Being close to a dog park and the Powerhouse, New Farm Park offers a variety of activities for all types of picnickers.
Depending on the day, you might catch the Jan Powers Farmers Markets, food trucks, some live music or an exhibition on.
Editor’s tip: You’ll need to arrive early if you want a good spot with river views.
5. Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens
Located at the foot of Mount Coot-tha, this botanical garden is no way the same as the City Botanical Gardens.
Divided into themed areas such as the arid zone, the bonsai house, the Japanese gardens, and the tropical display dome, the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens offers a spot where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. The sections are well maintained showcasing the color and life that is offered by nature.
It’s not surprising why many people drop by this park to shoot photos while others just spend some quiet time. If the scenic view of nature somewhat bores you, you can try the observatory that offers otherworldly viewing experience.
What’s your favourite place or park in Brisbane for a picnic?