Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published May 4th 2020
Bayside picnic spots within 50km of Brisbane
After weeks of only being allowed outside for essential activities or exercise, Queenslanders are now able to enjoy picnics with their families providing they don't travel more than 50km from home. The Greater Brisbane area includes a wide diversity of habitat, with many beautiful picnic areas. However, this article will focus on three picnic spots on Brisbane's Bayside and Redlands Coast.
Picnics along Brisbane's Bayside and Redlands Coast offer unique, protected beaches for families to picnic at
The first of these is Wellington Point Recreation Reserve located at 2A Main Rd, Wellington Point, Redland City. This stunning reserve has a number of options for picnickers. There are picnic tables, benches, and grassy areas right around both sides of the peninsula, so that families are able to choose a spot that is sheltered from any prevailing winds. There are also water fountains, gas BBQs, and shaded seating areas. Most importantly, there is a sheltered sandy beach with a shallow swimming area during high tide, and an exposed sandbar at low tide which families can walk out on to Erobin / King Island.
Families love Wellington Point Recreation Reserve
A second superb park for families to picnic in is at Beth Boyd Park in Thorneside, Redland City. This beautiful park, located at 224-236 Queens Esp, Thorneside, has shaded picnic tables, water fountains, extensive grassy areas with shade trees, and access to a sheltered sandy beach with access to swimming at high tide. There are also BBQ facilities at this park.
Shaded picnic facilities at Beth Boyd Park
A list of great picnic spots in this region wouldn't be complete without mentioning the Wynnum Whale Park located at 137 Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum, Brisbane. This Brisbane Bayside park offers views across Moreton Bay to the two previously-mentioned parks on Redlands Coast and offers a similar range of well-maintained picnicking options. There are shaded grassy areas, a small sandy beach with swimming at high tide, picnic tables and gas BBQs. It is also a beautiful spot to watch the sunrise from for breakfast picnics, or the moonrise, should you prefer to spend the evening there.
Moonrise across Moreton Bay from the Wynnum Whale Park
Although the playground equipment at each of these popular picnicking sites remain closed until the Covid19 pandemic restrictions are lifted, their location in areas of natural beauty and access to beaches and the bay make them ideal destinations for families to enjoy their newfound freedom. Which of these will you choose to have a picnic at next weekend?