Long days, warm nights, and the joy of a brand-new year. Summer brings all of the best things in life – and what better way to enjoy these moments than with a picnic with your pals? Here’s our picks of the Brisbane’s best picnic spots to hit-up this year!


The Howard Smith Wharves have been our recent obsession, with their restaurants, breweries and bars ticking all of the boxes. Now, we’re loving them even more: because they’ve opened up another great park for us to enjoy a picnic in this summer. Since the Howard Smith Wharves are a completely licensed area, you can grab a takeaway beer from Felons, a feast from the Fish n’ Chippery, and set yourself up on your picnic rug in the park. Plus, four-legged friends are welcome too!


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If you feel like dipping out of the CBD for the weekend, but can’t quite commit to making your way to the Sunny Coast or the Gold Coast, Redcliffe has the spot for you that’s only 45 minutes from the city: Charlish Park. Located next to the family-friendly Settlement Cove Lagoon, the park offers plenty of green-grassed spaces with barbecues and shelters for public use – as well as views all the way out to Moreton Bay!


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We all adore the comfort of an old classic book, so why would we stop enjoying the comfort of a classic picnic spot? Kangaroo Point Cliffs is no new hot-spot, but it certainly is a timeless gem! Set up your rug at the top of the cliffs for a panoramic view of the city, or down by the water for an afternoon of relaxing by the river. Parking is limited at this popular spot, but a few laps around the block are well worth it for the perfect picnic position!


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Want a spot by the river, but might want to kick a ball around later? Feel like sprawling out under some Poinciana trees, but planning a barbecue once lunch-time hits? Luckily enough, New Farm Park has it all – no matter what you’ve got planned for your day in the sun! With barbecues, cycling tracks, picnic spots and vast areas for sports, New Farm Park is clearly popular for a reason; so popular, in fact, that it attracts almost 18,000 locals and visitors alike every weekend!


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If an afternoon in New Farm sounds ideal but you’re after some peace and quiet, Powerhouse Dog Park is a smaller spot that sits directly behind Powerhouse itself – on the opposite side to New Farm Park! Still located next to the river, the dog park is a great place to grab a takeaway coffee, watch your pup play around off-leash, and enjoy your picnic – sans the massive crowds.


Nestled out in Mt Nebo, Boombana is an off-road picnic area directly next to the car park that marks the beginning of two walking tracks. With the choice of a 1.1km circuit that takes 40 minutes, or the more challenging 8km track of around four hours, the picnic tables are a great place to come back to and relax after your trek! Pack some snacks, grab your walking shoes, and enjoy the sounds and scenes of the lush rainforest – because knowing there’s a feast waiting for you is the only motivation you’ll ever need for exercise.


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Lower Moora Park plays hosts to a popular playground, with plenty of surrounding areas and shade to have a barbecue while enjoying the ocean views! If you don’t want to pack your own picnic for the drive, the café that sits at the top of the hill has a range of takeaway options to devour. Plus, if you want to get away from the busy playground, the top of the hill (Moora Park) also has plenty of peaceful shady spots and great views overlooking the bay! Best of both worlds? We think so.


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Along the Wynumm Esplanade sits Breakwater Park, the waterfront location with plenty to offer. Enjoy a stroll along the path next to the river mouth, the undercover barbecue area with adjoining bench tables, or head into the central area with a range of cafes to grab some takeaway! The whole area is dog and family-friendly, and since it’s a mere half-an-hour drive from the city, we’re absolutely loving this sea-side picnic spot!


With plenty of free parking on the surrounding streets, picnic benches spread out over the hill in both the sun and the shade, and a beautiful gazebo at the peak – Highgate Hill Park is the quiet spot that we’ve been searching for. The elegant gazebo sits at 62m above sea level where you can relax and gaze out onto the hill, and the skyline view of the city even rivals that of Kangaroo Point Cliffs. There’s no barbecue facilities available, so pack a cheese platter and we’ll see you there!


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Home to both the Daisy Hill Picnic Area and the Daisy Hill Trail Hub, this conservation park is a wonderful for a weekend visit. There’s plenty of picnic and barbecue facilities, as well as tracks to walk or mountain bike through the eucalyptus forest. If you’re lucky, you’ll likely spot a dozing koala in one of the trees – as the conservation park and surrounds are home to one of Australia’s most significant regional koala populations! If you don’t manage a sighting in your travels, you can head to the nearby Daisy Hill Koala Centre to meet them yourself (it’s free!).

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