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7 of the Most Romantic Picnic Spots in Brisbane

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Published May 22nd 2023
Love Is In the Picnic-Air: Brisbane's Romantic Outdoor Spots
Discover the perfect blend of romance and natural beauty in central Brisbane's captivating picnic spots. Lose yourselves in scenic river views, lush gardens, and enchanting cliffs, as you create cherished moments together amidst the river city's irresistible charm.

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Brisbane's winding river offers a plethora of romantic picnic spots (Image: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

The Kangaroo Point Cliffs provide a picturesque backdrop for a romantic picnic. Set up at one of the many picnic tables or grassy areas either below or on top of the cliffs. At the bottom, you'll have the soundtrack of water lapping and up top, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Brisbane skyline and the Brisbane River.

This spot is especially romantic during sunset when the city lights start to twinkle. Capture Insta-worthy photos as you and your partner bask in the golden hour glow against the stunning cityscape backdrop.

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The Kangaroo Point cliffs offer city skyline and river views with plenty of places to spread out your picnic rug (Image: Kgbo)

Kayes Rocks Park (Toowong)

If you're seeking a smaller, quieter spot away from the crowds, look no further than Kayes Rocks Park in Toowong. This hidden gem offers a less flashy but nonetheless serene and picturesque setting for a romantic picnic.

With a few bench seats and a fairly small grassed area, this spot is more about absolute waterfront access and seclusion.

As you relax, you can watch the gentle flow of the river and the city cats gracefully passing by. It's a secret spot that will make you feel like you've discovered your own private piece of the riverside.

Eildon Hill Reserve (Windsor)

Eildon Hill is one of the few places in central Brisbane where you can get up above it all. The elevated Eildon Hill Reserve is ideal for your sundowner or sunrise picnic, in the suburb of Windsor, not far from the Brisbane city centre.

This hilltop reserve provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the city skyline and Brisbane River.

Admire the historical gates on entering the curving path leading you to the top.

With bench seats and mostly paved surfaces, it's recommended to bring a thicker blanket if you want to sprawl.

New Farm Park

Another picnic spot taking advantage of the wonderful, winding Brisbane River is New Farm Park. You can spread out under the shade of the beautiful jacaranda trees and enjoy the stunning river views. The park also features rose gardens and winding pathways, adding to its romantic ambience.

Mary Mae's Bar and Kitchen under The Powerhouse is perfect for a morning coffee, or an evening class of wine. Otherwise, you have the option of the End of the Road cafe at the opposite end of the park. You can access New Farm Park with a peaceful City Cat or ferry ride.

Roma Street Parkland (CBD)

Nestled in the heart of Brisbane, Roma Street Parkland offers a tranquil oasis for picnics. Explore the various themed gardens, such as the Spectacle Garden or the Rainforest Gully, and find a cozy spot to relax with your loved one. The parkland also has plenty of picnic areas equipped with BBQ facilities.

Take a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand through the vibrant gardens, enjoy a picnic feast amidst the lush greenery, and revel in the urban escape right in the heart of the CBD. It is easily accessed from the Roma St train station.

South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands is a vibrant riverside destination with lush lawns, sandy beaches, and more picnic spots than you can poke a selfie stick at. There's a plethora of nearby takeaway options if you haven't brought your own.

Choose a spot along the river or among the landscaped gardens and enjoy the stunning views of the city skyline. Take adorable couple selfies against iconic landmarks like the Wheel of Brisbane or stroll hand-in-hand along the picturesque promenade. If you're feeling energetic, you can even wander all the way over one of the bridges to the City Botanic Gardens or the CBD.

With its energetic atmosphere and endless entertainment options in the cultural precinct, South Bank Parklands is the perfect place for the romantic picnic that continues into the night.

Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Just a short drive from Brisbane's city centre, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens provide a serene and romantic setting for a picnic. The gardens feature a vast array of native and exotic plants, as well as several themed gardens, including the Japanese Garden, the Cactus Garden and the Fern House.

There is plenty of space for strolling arm in arm and admiring the variety of birds - just keep an eye on the water dragons if you're eating something tasty!

Afterwards, you can continue further up the mountain for the best views across Brisbane, all the way to the bay.

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The Japanese Garden is just one of the beautiful romantic areas within the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens (Image: John Robert McPherson)

Each of these romantic spots offers opportunities to connect with nature while enjoying the company of someone special.

On your next couple's picnic, don't forget to pack your favourite treats and drinks, a comfortable blanket, and some insect repellent or sunscreen to make the most of your visit to these beautiful locations.
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Why? To woo or reconnect with a special someone in a fuss-free, natural setting
Where: Brisbane
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