Enjoying a family day out these school holidays doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant – sometimes fun can be as simple as packing a picnic and heading to one of our local beaches or parks.
John Laws Park, Burleigh Heads
Otherwise known as ‘Burleigh Hill’, John Laws Park is the ultimate GC sundowner spot. Find a patch of grass, or a picnic table if you’re lucky, and set up to watch the sun set over our beloved Gold Coast – from your Burleigh Hill vantage point, you can see all the way up to Surfers Paradise. You don’t even have to pack a picnic, because nearby Justin Lane does bike-delivered pizza right to John Laws Park.
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.
The Farm, Byron Bay
It’s a favourite for visitors to Byron Bay for its fluffy cows and Instagram-able sunflower patch, but The Farm also makes a great spot for a picnic. Pack your own basket – but be sure to leave room for goodies from The Farm’s bakery – or wing it with takeaway from Three Blue Ducks, and enjoy a picnic around the grounds, whether it’s on the grass by the playground or under the shade of the macadamia trees.
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.