The Best Picnic Spots in Brisbane For Families
With our wonderful Queensland climate, Brisbane is the perfect place in which to head outdoors and enjoy a fun family picnic. Just pack a picnic rug and some sarnies and snacks, or sausages and bread for a simple sausage sizzle, and head to one of these best picnic spots in Brisbane for families. Throw in some bats and balls to keep the little ones entertained and you have all the makings of a great family day out!
There are many amazing places for having a picnic in and around Brisbane. We’ve compiled this list so you can enjoy the best of the best, from city parks and beautiful bushland to creekside, lakeside and bayside spots to take your breath away!
New Farm Park, New Farm
Catch the CityCat to New Farm Park for a wonderful day by the Brisbane River. You can explore the grounds and enjoy the decorative flowers, kids can play in the playground and ride bikes and scooters on the paths, or make the most of the open grassy spaces by flying a kite on the river breezes.
JC Slaughter Falls, Mount Coot-tha
With its newly updated picnic facilities, JC Slaughter Falls is a great place to enjoy a picnic in a lovely bushland setting, yet only a short distance from the CBD. Here, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the reserve, paddle in the creek and go for a lovely bushwalk to see Aboriginal art and waterfalls. You can even hike to the summit of Mt Coot-tha for stunning views over the whole of Brisbane and out to Moreton Bay.
Enoggera Reservoir, The Gap
A short bushwalk from the Walkabout Creek Visitor and Wildlife Centre leads you to the sandy shore of the Enoggera Reservoir, where you can enjoy a fun-filled day of water and nature play. You can picnic on the sand or grassy banks, swim in the calm waters of the reservoir, or bring your inflatables or kayak for a paddle around. There is also a lovely 5km bushwalk around the perimeter of the dam, and links to other walking tracks within the national park. Look out for amazing wildlife such as platypus and kingfishers along the way. You can even get up close to more native wildlife by visiting the Visitor and Wildlife Centre for even more nature fun.
Bunyaville Regional Park, Bunya
Bunyaville Regional Park is a wonderful place to take kids for a picnic in a stunning natural setting. There are two walking tracks to give you a choice of beautiful bush walks to enjoy and explore the lovely forests. There are interpretive signs along the way and a range of wildlife to look out for, including cockatoos, kookaburras, koalas and pademelons. Then head to one of two expansive and well equipped picnic areas for a bite to eat to the sound of birdsong in the trees and the smell of eucalyptus. A lovely creek meanders through the picnic area to the delight of all kids. A great place for a splash about and cool down after a lovely bush walk.
Bullocky Rest, Joyner
Situated on the shores of the stunning Lake Samsonvale, Bullocky Rest is an idyllic, tranquil spot for a relaxing picnic away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are barbecues and picnic tables and infinite number of spots to lay down your picnic rug under the shady trees with magnificent views of the lake. You could try your hand at fishing, there is a playground for the kids to enjoy and also plenty of space to throw a frisbee or have a kickabout. Plus, you can even enjoy a stunning scenic drive to get there by going via Clear Mountain.
Cleveland Point Park, Cleveland Point
Check out the beautiful scenery at this great bayside park. At Cleveland Point Park, there is a playground for the kids to enjoy and lovely grassy areas for a run around. There are babrecues, shelters, a picnic area and plenty of spots to drop down a picnic blanket. Surrounded by water on most sides, you will feel like you are on a tropical island. You can even visit the historic Cleveland Point Lighthouse, and grab a gelato from the Lighthouse Cafe or even fish and chips for a proper seaside feast.
Venman Bushland NP, Mount Cotton
Fancy a picnic with some pretty faced wallabies? Head to Venman Bushland National Park for a family day out. You can go on an awesome walk through the beautiful bushland. There is a moderate (Class 3) walking trail, where kids can cross creeks on stepping stones, get in amongst nature and spot all manner of wildlife from birds to koalas. Then reward yourself for completing the walk with a picnic in the picnic area, where beautiful wallabies often hang out to nibble the grass. There are wood barbecues and a toilet but make sure you bring your own drinking water.
White Cedar Park, Dundas
Mt Glorious is an awesome place to visit close to Brisbane, and White Cedar Park is the perfect spot for a family picnic. The signage at the park says it all, ‘Picnic beneath a canopy of chocolate-scented flowers. Encircled by mountains, this is a wonderful place for a barbecue and a stroll down to the creek.’ There are plenty of picnic facilities in the wonderful location surrounded by nature, but the creek is the main attraction. Remember to bring swimmers and towels because the kids won’t be able to resist the sparkling, clear waters! With great tips and details, you can read all about White Cedar Park and Northbrook Creek here.
To find more great picnic spots in and around Brisbane, check out our Picnic Spots page here.