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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published February 16th 2012
Fall is the perfect time of year for a picnic. The afternoons are still long but without the extreme heat and humidity. Brisbane has plenty of picturesque picnic spots to choose from.

The Picnic by Thomas Cole (1846)


Local parks are great for an impromptu picnic after school or work. My family is fortunate to live near two fabulous parks: C B Mott Park and Glindemann Park. Both parks have excellent barbecue facilities, ample shade, and interesting playgrounds for the kids.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs is a special spot with spectacular views; popular with couples on romantic (and inexpensive) dinner dates.


View from Kangaroo Point Cliffs


Families flock to South Bank Parklands. As well as barbecues right on the river, there's a playground, swimming lagoon, and water park.

South Bank Parklands


Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens are wonderful for a weekend picnic. Take a stroll around the gardens before relaxing on a rug.

There are several pretty picnic spots along Mt Coot-tha Scenic Drive; JC Slaughter Falls and Simpson Falls to name a couple.

Simpson Falls Picnic Area

Where do you like to picnic?

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by cbrow (score: 0|6) 1869 days ago
The Lota Camping Ground Reserve on the Esplanade at Lota on the Bayside would be my pick. The area has been recently upgraded by the BCC. There are excellent BBQ and shelter facilities. There is an excellent play area for the kids as well as an exercise area for the older kids. The views of Moreton Bay across to Wellington Point are awesome and if the tide is high, you can cast a line. Bring a few bikes as the Moreton Bay Cycleway (MBC) runs through the reserve and you can ride to Wynnum North along the foreshore. Alternatively a short stroll to the north brings you to Manly Harbour, the village of Manly (with its coffee shops and restaurants) and if you are on a weekend, Jan Powers Farmers Markets on the Manly foreshore.
by ranso (score: 0|9) 1875 days ago
Sandgate Foreshore is a great picnic spot. You get the breezes from the water, there is plenty of green space to spread a rug and if the tide is out the kids can search for crabs.
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 1651 days ago
Roma Street Parklands provides a range of venues. This meandering park has many quiet alcoves and barbecue areas where you can have a picnic or places where you can host a party for hundreds if you like. The sport fields give you plenty opportunity to be active during your picnic.

There is plenty of parking and access by bus and rail.

The best thing is that it is one of the few parks in Brisbane where it is legal to drink.
by Roy Chambers (score: 2|629) 833 days ago
Lower Moora Park at Park Parade, SHORNCLIFFE. Fantastic huge playground, beach, swimming, building sandcastles, fishing on the jetty, long flat bike track, lots of bbq's & tables with heaps of shady spots, toilets, fish & chip shop near by on the top of the hill.
by Jasmine (score: 0|2) 1695 days ago
I love to go to Brisbane Botanic Gardens and order an Eco Hamper from Eco Hampers 2 U and share with friends under a shady tree
by jpboo (score: 0|2) 1669 days ago

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