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Picnic By The Torrens River

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by Georgia Martin (subscribe)
I'm a born and bred Adelaidian food-lover.
Published January 21st 2013
Watch the world float by over lunch

If you're a little hard up for cash, penurious, or otherwise stoney-broke, there's nothing quite like a picnic to make a lunch seem a little more fancy. One of my favourite picnic spots is along the River Torrens. Provided of course the Adelaide weather isn't in one of its more capricious moods, it can be a lovely way to spend an afternoon.


It doesn't really matter where along the Torrens you park your blanket and basket; there is always something to see, whether it's people taking the paddle boats for a spin or a rather inexperienced rowing team taking a tumble. On one particularly memorable picnic my friends and I saw a girl feeding a swan and a pelican. This was nothing so unusual in itself, however, suddenly the swan and the pelican decided that the distribution of morsels wasn't quite equal and began chasing the poor girl. I don't know if you've ever seen anything quite like it, but we were in stitches.


To make a good picnic, aside from the occasional cabaret provided by the local wild-life, you'll need some decent nosh. This doesn't have to be posh, 5-star food either. My friends and I have done everything from raiding every small goods stall at the Central Market for a collection of crusty bread, cured meats and good, smelly cheese to nipping out of the office for an hour with a bottle of water and a ham sandwich.


The point of getting a perfect picnic together is to get outdoors. Finding a little spot along the Torrens is a wonderful and relaxing way to spend lunch with a group of friends by yourself, provided there aren't too many other people who have the same brilliant idea.
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Why? Get outside and relax by the water
Where: Anywhere along the River Torrens
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