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Published April 30th 2020
Make mum feel special today and everyday
With the COVID 19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions in place, we will need to think a little laterally and celebrate Mother's Day with a twist this year. Since restaurants and cafes are closed, a picnic in the park, (while adhering to the Government guidelines) could be a way of getting together and saying thank you to mum on her special day
After weeks of lockdown, the Premier announced that "members from the same household will be able to leave home for a picnic " and be able to go for a recreational drive. Outings are limited to members of the same household or an individual and one friend. Drives should also be within 50 kms of your home.
Nonetheless, Mother's Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. And we can work with this. Right?
So if a picnic in the park appeals to you and you meet the guidelines, here are my tips of some of Brisbane's best spots to through down a blanket, open a basket of goodies and tell mum you love and appreciate her.
New Farm Park It's hard to go past New Farm park for a picnic. It ticks so many boxes as one of Brisbane's oldest, grandest and largest parks, New Farm Park was designed by Albert Herbert Foster and built from 1914 to 1950 and was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 7 February 2005.
Of course, its riverfront location is stellar and being only 2kms from the CBD makes it very accessible. Strolling through the pathways of the classic rose gardens (while social distancing), lots of open green space and with the backdrop of the city skyscrapers, it is a great combination of the natural and man-made worlds.
And The Powerhouse Building is right next door to see from the interesting, edgy architecture from the outside. Normally alive as a thriving arts and entertainment venue, the brick facade and the painted street graffiti remain eternally interesting - matching the old with the streetwise art world. A great conversation starter and a symbolic piece of the cities built landscape.
Arthur Davis Park is situated at the entrance to the Sandgate boardwalk which is situated on the coastline, along Bramble Bay. It offers a beautiful and easy walking path along Sandgate beach-perfect for jogging, pushing strollers and of course, walking pooch. (Social distancing of course) . There are lots of grassy spots to put down a rug and picnic over Moreton Bay.
Shorncliffe Pier Just a short drive from Arthur Davis Park is the Shorncliffe Pier. The largest timber pier in Brisbane and one of the longest recreational piers in Australia, reaching 351.5 metres out into Bramble Bay, the pier (which adjoins a park and Lovers Walk) underwent considerable renovations in 2016 to give it a fresh makeover.
It provides a picture-perfect backdrop for a memorable Mother's Day photo and social distanced walk along the water's edge.
With some of the best views of inner-city Brisbane, Captain Burke Park at Kangaroo Point is located directly below the iconic Story Bridge.
The park has lots of grassy green spaces where you can watch the ferries pass by and the waves gently slide onto the shore. Accessibility is a key here with Captain Burke Park being located 117 Holman St, Kangaroo Point directly opposite the financial district of Creek Street. If you live close to the city, this will ensure your 50 km from home zone limits are met.