Picnic spots around CBD








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Picnic spots around CBD


If you live within 5kms, explore all the grassy knolls, lakeside views and majestic Moreton Bay figs the city has to offer. Find the top spots for alfresco feasts, plus where to get provisions nearby. Keep an eye out for the new picnic circles to keep a safe distance.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Bursting with spring growth, the recently reopened Royal Botanic Gardens is home to some special picnic spots. Work up an appetite with a stroll through Fern Gully and around the Guilfoyle’s Volcano lava paths. Then head for the banks of Ornamental Lake for prime, black swan watching over lunch. Head to their website for more info on visiting.

Fitzroy Gardens

Escape to this green oasis on the edge of the city. Melburnians all love Fitzroy Gardens‘ avenues of elm trees and quirky fountains. But head to the park’s southern section to nab a picnic spot by the gurgling stream. Take a wander to spy historic Cooks’ Cottage. Plus spot the kitsch dragon slide and double-necked giraffe swing in the playground.

Carlton Gardens

The heritage-listed Carlton Gardens make a grand backdrop for posh picnics. Wander around the 19th century flower beds, duck-filled ponds and ornate fountains. Then spread your picnic rug in the shade of an ancient canopy.

Queen Victoria Gardens

Have your picnic lunch alongside the lucky ducks who call the picturesque Queen Victoria Gardens pond home. Spot John Olsen’s bronze frog leaping from the water. And snap perfect spring pics with the giant floral clock.

Flagstaff Gardens

Wander along under the avenues of elms and pick a glorious native eucalyptus or Moreton Bay fig tree to spread your blanket under. Melbourne’s oldest, Flagstaff Gardens has been parkland since 1862. Nab a new picnic circle on the grass to easily keep a distance.

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