Whether you’re in for a romantic rendezvous, a glass of bubbles after a long day, or you’re just yearning to see the sunset, the following locations will have you reaching into the picnic basket as you sit back, relax, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Brisbane city.
Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Just seven kilometres from Brisbane CBD, you can replace the view of your sterile work desk with something a little more colourful. Mt Coot-tha is a must-see for anyone living in Brisbane and for those visiting, providing breathtaking imagery of Brisbane’s north, south, and everything in between. Whether you’re on the lookout for South Bank’s Wheel of Brisbane or you’re utilising your geographical capacity in locating your home, Mt Coot-tha has it all mapped out – literally. If you’re looking for the perfect destination to watch the colours of the sunset as they pour over the city at dusk while you crack open some snacks for a picnic, this is it. So go on, grab the picnic basket, some goodies and sit back and relax.
Highgate Hill Park
Highgate Hill Park is an absolute must-do for your next afternoon picnic outing. Boasting luscious greenery and a beautifully aesthetic pavilion, your afternoon is sure to be filled with fresh air, fresh views, and a fresh perspective of the beauty that is Brisbane city. This space is practically made for city slickers and tourists alike, providing that much-needed getaway from the everyday work and travel grind. Pack up that picnic basket and fill it with goodies, because we can guarantee you won’t be in any rush to leave Highgate Hill Park.
River Quay, South Bank
Famous for its popular markets, events, high-quality dining, sightseeing, funky exhibitions, and strong cultural core, South Bank will have you salivating for adventure the moment you set foot on the boardwalk! Adventure aside, it’s the best (and probably the most common) place for a snazzy ‘picnic with a twist’ in the late afternoon. Head to River Quay and catch the sunset on the grassed area overlooking Brisbane’s calm riverfront and glistening buildings – a picturesque view for a sunset picnic. Talk about a ‘picnic with a twist’, Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar is located just behind you, offering picnic hampers for two which will no doubt satisfy your foodie-fantasies. Get ready for some tasty nibbles (arancini balls – yum!) and a pizza (or three), because these hampers certainly cater to the hungry! Plus, the area is licensed, so don’t be shy if you’re needing a little pick-me-up.
New Farm Park
Known as one of Brisbane’s oldest, grandest and largest parks, New Farm Park is certainly a popular destination for visitors. Surrounded by stunning greenery and surrounded by the Brisbane River, New Farm Park is the perfect space for an idyllic afternoon picnic. If you’re up for an early-afternoon picnic, you might even catch the Powerhouse Brisbane Markets which run from 6am until 12 noon every Saturday. Stock up on all the fresh produce, goodies, and of course quality caffeine, that will ensure your afternoon picnic is anything but stale. Dogs are welcome and the park has a wonderful playground for your kids to enjoy. And if you visit the park in summer, you might be lucky enough to catch a flick at the Moonlight Cinema! Alternatively, when the sun begins to set, make sure you take a stroll along the Brisbane Riverwalk to Howard Smith Wharves for a scenic end to the night – trust us, you won’t want to miss that view.
Howard Smith Wharves
Perfectly situated alongside the Brisbane River and shadowed by the magnificent Story Bridge sits Howard Smith Wharves, boasting the finest imagery of Brisbane’s city and river views. The riverside precinct is known for its popular bars and restaurants – particularly desirable among Brissy teens and young adults. Featuring multiple grassed areas which are ideal for an afternoon picnic, Howard Smith’s Wharves will have you surrounded by glistening lights and practically swimming in the riverside glory! Please note that the picnic areas are not licensed, so if you’re needing a little sneaky alcoholic hydration, pop into to Mr Percival’s or Felon’s Brewing Co for that much-needed drink of… vodka?
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park (off River Terrace)
If you’re on the hunt for a barbecue, Kangaroo Point Cliffs is where you want to go. Pop down to your local supermarket and stock up on some snags because the park offers barbecue facilities and picnic tables that will ensure you enjoy your hotdogs in style. Plus, Bar Spritz (located right on River Terrace) offers delicious dinners and drinks if the picnic basket runs out! Sit back and relax as you enjoy the sunset with stunning views of Brisbane City and Kangaroo Point.
There is even public art on display around the park if you’re still left wanting more! And don’t worry, the kids will be equally as entertained with the playground at Captain Burke Park.
City Botanic Gardens
If you’re looking for somewhere where you can be a little more in touch with nature, Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens will certainly give you your daily boost of greens! Featuring a river walk, an all-abilities playground, general facilities and multiple picnic areas, you can rest assured your day in the gardens will be anything but fruitless. The garden spans a whopping 18 hectares and features a range of exotic plants, trees and open spaces. Find a spot underneath a jacaranda tree and watch as its petals fall around you, while you enjoy the fresh air and the picturesque gardens. If you’re on the hunt for city views at sunset, you can even take a walk along the 1.2 kilometres of river frontage.
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