Enjoying a family day out doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant. Sometimes, fun can be as simple as packing a picnic and heading to a beach or park. Or, if the crowds are out of control, park your car in a secluded car park and have a picnic from the boot!
Jabiru Island Park, Paradise Point
Little-known Jabiru Island Park is a picnicking family’s paradise. The waterfront park includes a kids’ playground, sheltered picnic tables, barbecues, modern toilets and a swimming enclosure. Plus, the nearby Phil Hill Environmental Park has a great nature boardwalk for spotting local wildlife.
Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens
Lush green grass and blossoming flowers make a botanic garden the perfect picnic spot, and Brisbanites are lucky enough to have two to choose from! The City Botanic Gardens in the heart of the CBD offer a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city, while the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens that overlook the city from the west provide the perfect mountain escape, with a number of different attractions and areas to explore. One thing they both have in common? They’re the best picnic spots in Brisbane.
Macintosh Island Park, Surfers Paradise
Macintosh Island Park is a sanctuary in the centre of Surfers, characterised by lush green trees, manicured lawns and a few interesting residents. Between their free-roaming peacock population and the local Bigfoot (who can be found sleeping in his cave), it’s hard to believe that Macintosh Park is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the high-rises of Surfers Paradise. Plus, it’s got a playground, picnic tables and shelters, toilets and plenty of other facilities that make it the perfect spot to lay your picnic blanket in Surfers.
Kalinga Park, Wooloowin
While the original playground sadly burned down years and years ago, but – like a phoenix from the ashes – the new playground that took its place is certainly worth visiting. Not only is Kalinga Park a great place for nature play, with the babbling Kedron Brook that flows through the park a nice shallow spot for a splash, the park itself features an awesome bike track, sandpit, fun playground equipment like climbing poles, forts, nets and ladders, and even a fully-fenced dog area.
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
Despite its location in the heart of Southport, the waterfront Broadwater Parklands feel a world away from the hustle and bustle. With a world-class children’s playground (bouncy pillow included!), picnic tables and barbecues, rock pools and shady trees, the Parklands offer great views down the coast and across the Coral Sea to Main Beach and Sea World.