Autumn is the perfect time to explore the outdoors, eat, play and soak up the sun's warmth before winter sets in. Why not explore your local area and head to one of our favourite picnic locations?
- Centennial Park – statues, ponds, flowers and sprawling lawns make Centennial Park one of the prettiest places to spend the day. Even on a busy day, Centennial Park is so large that there’s always a secluded spot to enjoy on your own, and there’s plenty of space to play, including the pooch! The Ian Potter Children’s WILDPLAY garden in the heart of the parklands, is the first purpose-built nature play space in NSW where children and adults are encouraged to explore the wild side of life.
- Bradfield Park – situated beside the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this park is perfect for picnicking with friends from out of town. With a view of the city skyline, a fenced playground, water fountain and toilet access, you’ll have everything you need for a fun afternoon.
- Cockatoo Island – for a picnic to last the whole day and an adventure for your little one to remember, board a ferry from Circular Quay and head across to Cockatoo Island. There’s plenty of umbrellas for shade and barbeques available, or try the café. Little ones can head to the Visitor Centre for a free activity book, including colouring-in and games. Don’t forget to pack some pencils!
- Lane Cove National Park – soak up the beauty of the national park and Lane Cove River at one of the many picnic areas. There’s plenty of barbeques, picnic tables, bike tracks, a play area and if you’re feeling adventurous, hire a pedal boat and explore the river! As you’ll be entering the National Park, there is an entry fee per car.
- Pirrama Park – this really beautiful 1.8 hectare open space on the water is perfect to enjoy on a hot day. Explore the grasslands and learn about the history of the area. The play area can be enjoyed by children of all ages, with equipment suitable for children with and without a disability. For older children, perhaps teach them about the sustainable features in the park, including solar panels, water capture, energy efficient lighting and structures made from recycled materials.
- Abbottsford Convent – the sprawling grounds offer plenty of space for children to run, and with the Collingwood Children’s Farm right next door, there’s plenty of animals to see, and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome too. Pick up a last minute pastry at the Convent Bakery, you won’t be disappointed. Afterwards, it’s just a short drive to the Purebaby Outlet in Collingwood!
- Catani Gardens – the best of ocean views and urban areas. These beautifully landscaped gardens offer many paths for little ones to ride their bikes or learn to skate, and if packing a picnic from home isn’t an option, you’ll find plenty of fish & chip shops within easy reach. Just watch out for those pesky seagulls.
- Heide – a perfect day out for the art lovers! Explore the exhibitions, then wander outside with your picnic to play detective around the sculpture park and gardens. Trails can be printed at home or collected on the day – our favourite is the free musical adventure ‘Sculpture Sounds’. Learn about where food comes from in the kitchen garden or check out the Art Kinder and Art Babies programs. Museum entry is free for children under 16 years.
- Treasury Gardens – they say that the journey matters more than the destination. With that in mind, how about taking your little one for a trip on the train and heading for a picnic in Treasury Gardens, just a short stroll from Parliament Station. A visit to the city surrounds you with great food options, but Spring Street Grocer may be the only stop needed. Stock up on sandwiches, gelati, and don’t forget to venture into the underground cheese room. With all the goodies you’ll collect on the journey, it’s lucky Treasury Gardens has plenty of space to spread out!
- Ardrie Park – a hidden gem in the suburbs, Ardrie Park is home to an excellent swing set and beautifully peaceful Japanese garden. Some say it’s Melbourne’s most beautiful park. What more could you ask for? Well, there’s toilet and barbeque facilities and free parking too.
- City Botanic Gardens – just a stone’s throw from Brisbane CBD, pack a picnic on a weekday and meet friends and family in the gardens while they’re on their lunch break. Shelter under a gazebo, sit yourself on a park bench or spread out the picnic rug. Keep your eyes out for resident birds and fish in the ponds, and throw a frisbee around on the lawns.
- Orleigh Park – home of multiple playgrounds, huge trees to sit under, barbeque areas, parkways for riding and undercover areas, you’ll enjoy a picnic in this quiet park beside the Brisbane river.
- Venman Bushland National Park – Walk the trail through beautiful bushland and cross the creeks on stepping stones. While the walk is suitable for small children, it’s best to leave the pram in the car. See a host of wildlife from koalas to birds, then set up you lunch in the picnic area, where you can often be joined by wallabies nibbling on new shoots of grass. While toilet facilities are available, you’ll need to bring your own drinking water.
- New Farm Park – explore the grounds and flowers, ride bikes and scooters along the bridge walk to the playground and explore the fort-like tree house – a climber’s paradise! Some of the facilities also cater to those with special needs, including a sway away swing, music stations, and picnic tables at the correct height for wheelchairs.
- Cleveland Point Park – Surrounded almost entirely by water, the scenery is beautiful here. Pack the kite to fly in the open grassed areas, lay out a picnic and have some fun on the playground equipment. The old lighthouse is wonderful to inspire imaginative play. There is a road that winds around the park and used by visitors, so do keep your eye on little explorers.