Picnic Ideas: Where To Go, How To Pack & What To Do

Do you know what’s the best thing is about picnics? They’re free. Sure, you have to pack a picnic and get to your favourite picnic spot, but once the rugs laid out, it’s all gratis. Fresh air, awesome views, romantic strolls, trees to climb, a kite to fly. What’s not to love? That’s why we’ve never fallen out of love with the simplicity of the humble picnic. It’s just a down to earth (literally) opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy your city.

The Best Picnic Spots In Your City

The sun’s shining. There’s a gentle breeze. Soft clouds meander by. Full of life, you announce to the family or to your friends, “Let’s wander where the wi-fi is weak.”  So you may as well enjoy your picnic in the best places your city has to offer.

> McKell Park: It’s nestled on the shores of Sydney Harbour with views of “The Bridge” and Sydney Heads.

SYDNEY: Secret Sydney Picnic Spots

> Centennial Park: It features wide open spaces, playgrounds and a lake, making it perfect for family gatherings.

> Blackburn Gardens: They’re a beautifully restored heritage garden with stunning views.

> Royal Botanic Gardens: It’s where history meets tranquillity. They’re the oldest botanic gardens in the southern hemisphere.

> Cockatoo Island: They’re a UNESCO World Heritage-Listed sanctuary in the heart of the harbour. Enough said.

MELBOURNE: Melbourne Picnic Lunch Sites

> Edinburgh Gardens: They have a sprawling space for the kids to play.

> St Kilda Botanical Gardens: They’re a bayside beauty.

> One Tree Hill Picnic Ground: Don’t let the name deter you. It’s at the foot of the magnificent Dandenongs.

> Yarra Bend Park: It’s the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne.

> Rippon Lea Estate: It is home to 14 acres of magnificent gardens.

BRISBANE: Brisbane Breakfast Picnic Places

> Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park: You can find a Natural History Trail, boardwalk and jetty.

> Brisbane City Botanic Gardens: It has mellow music to mellow your mood in a botanic garden.

> South Bank: There are stunning river views, lush parklands and a paddle. Perfect.

> Orleigh Park: Take shelter under a Moreton Bay Fig while you lunch.

> Roma Street Parklands: They’re a subtropical garden by day, an illuminated wonderland by night.

ADELAIDE: Amazing Adelaide Picnic Ideas

> Mount Lofty Summit: Enjoy panoramic views across the city to the coast.

> Carrick Hill: There are spectacular views stretching to Gulf St Vincent.

> Onkaparinga River Recreation Park: It has rock pools, rivers and wetlands.

> Morialta Conservation Park: It’s Adelaide’s biggest playground.

> Para Wirra Conservation Park: You can immerse yourself in nature.

PERTH: Places For  A Perfect Perth Picnic

> John Forrest National Park: For when you’re ready to head for the hills.

> Kings Park and Botanic Gardens: It’s such a beautiful setting for the perfect picnic.

> Matilda Bay Reserve: Watch the sun sparkling or setting.

> Heathcote Reserve: It’s a haven for kids.

> Yanchep National Park: Find nature’s paradise and one of Perth’s prettiest parks.


Picnic Lunch Ideas: What to Pack For Your Picnic

So you’ve picked the perfect place. Now, what to pack? Here’s a heads up on what to pop in with your picnic hamper:

> Of course you’ll want to kick back with a wine or a beer so make sure you’ve got your wine glass holders and your beer bucket.

> Don’t forget the multi-tool bbq set or a pocket knife and bottle opener. Can’t have the hoards hungry or thirsty.

> Ensure those pesky ants don’t get the idea that the picnics for them, set everything out on a comfortable blanket.

> Keep the great Australian freeloader, the fly, at bay with your fly swatter.

> Now you’re settled, kick back and tell the kids, “to go fly a kite”. Literally.



Top 10 Easy Picnic Food Ideas

This may be the single most important part of any picnic: the food. But you don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen for hours. So here are some easy and delicious picnic recipes:

> Ham & Cheese Sandwich. Recipe here.

> Caprese Sandwiches with Parsley Pesto. Recipe here.

> Chive Potato Salad. Recipe here.

> Italian Pinwheels. Recipe here.

> Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies. Recipe here.

> Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork with Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce. Recipe here.

> Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad. Recipe here.

> Blueberry Brownies. Recipe here.

> Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad. Recipe here.

> Old-Fashioned Lemonade. Recipe here.


Twenty Awesome Things To Do On A Picnic

Here’s a host of ideas and activities to keep everyone happy and occupied. And best of all these picnic ideas are all free:

> Fly a kite.

> Toss a frisbee.

> Climb a tree.

> Sketch the view.

> Read out a favourite poem.

> Stroll hand in hand.

> Play hide and seek.

> Make a daisy chain.

> Sail a leaf down a creek.

> Walk bare-footed in the grass.

> Interpret the clouds.

> Have a snooze.

> Read a book.

> Take turns telling jokes.

> Use your binoculars.

> Take memorable photos.

> Take a selfie hugging a tree.

> Take a deep breath or three.

> Do a crossword.

> Write your name in the sand.



So, contrary to what they say, life can be a picnic. And a fantastic picnic at that! So whether you’re heading to the outdoors, by the water, on an adventure, or to a BBQ, you now know where to go, how to pack, and what to do on your picnic!

Tom Raider

Tom Raider

Our wily wordsmith, Tom, is a key weaver of yarns and the chief storyteller at Octopus HQ. Tom writes words of wit and wisdom which can be read on Yellow Blogtopus. He also helps pen the praiseworthy product descriptions that help you decide what you feel like purchasing from us. Along with our Marketing Maestro, he helps brain storm and devise new plans for how to spread the name of Yellow Octopus to deserving Australians from Kakadu all the way to King Island.