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Where are Adelaide's Best Picnic Spots?

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Published March 7th 2019
Let's talk about Adelaide's best picnic spots. When it's time for a weekend picnic you pack a picnic pack or hamper and set out to... where?

We want to know where the best picnic spots around Adelaide are hiding! Let us know in the comments where your favourite picnic spots are and why they're your fave.

Here's some ideas to get you started:

Central Adelaide

botanic gardens
Botanic Gardens - Adelaide

The Adelaide Botanic Garden is home to a wide range of spaces. Some places you can spread out on sunny lawns, or find some deep shady secluded spots to lay out a blanket and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful space in the CBD.

Bonython Park is on the western side of the CBD deep within the parklands between the river and the old gaol. It features an excellent playground and picnic area with a kiosk. The kids will love the nature play area then heading over to see the police horses in their yards.


Fremont Park, on Main North Road across from the Elizabeth Town centre, is the jewel in the crown of parks in the northern suburbs. Featuring playgrounds, sheltered tables and benches, toilets and plenty of grassed areas, the park is an ideal spot for a picnic with the family. It also has a large lake with a fountain and waterfalls. The park is perfect for adults and children. Head on down and sit on the green grass and have a picnic before exploring the trails.


Tusmore Park, on Stirling St in Tusmore has long been an Adelaide family favourite. The shaded wading pool has no doubt introduced many a toddler to the joys of swimming and the playground and barbecue facilities are excellent. In winter the creek flows through, creating a bucolic British countryside scene When it isn't in high flow the creek offers excellent nature play opportunities.


wigley reserve
Wigley Reserve - Glenelg. Peripitus [CC BY-SA 4.0 (
Wigley Reserve, at the end of Anzac Highway at Glenelg is just a short stroll from Glenelg beach and Jetty Rd and is a well-known hub of activity. The reserve has picnic tables and chairs, a huge grassed area and a massive playground. Afterwards, you can head over to Jetty Rd for an ice cream or check out the replica Buffalo ship and heritage tram on display nearby.


Thalassa Park
Image courtesy City of Onkaparinga

Thalassa Park is in Aberfoyle Park and with its swings, monkey bars, slides, see-saw, climbing net and flying fox, it's sure to keep the kids entertained for hours. Everyone will love the storybook walk, depicting popular children's book characters like Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. There are three different picnic and barbecue areas, all have shaded seating. Thalassa reserve is at Windbanks Rd, Aberfoyle Park.

Adelaide Hills

Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens

Mt Lofty Botanic Garden ranges from the top of the steep hill near Mt Lofty House right down to the central lake accessed by heading down Piccadilly Road from either Crafers or Greenhill Road. There's heaps of parking and a seemingly endless array of different gardens and ponds to picnic by before taking a stroll around the lake. See if you can spot the school of large trout in the main lake!

Barossa Valley

Mengler Hill, Barossa Valley
Mengler Hill Lookout and Sculpture Park

Mengler Hill Lookout Sculpture Park commands a majestic view over the Barossa Valley and is ideal for a picnic with the best South Australian produce money can buy from the Barossa. After your picnic, you can wander among the sculptures in the sculpture park which little kids will also love playing around in.

Now there's a few ideas to get you started. Tell us about your favourite picnic spot!

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