There’s something about packing up food and drinks in a basket and laying down a blanket that makes everything taste better (and the mood all the more romantic).
Since today is International Picnic Day (what, you don’t have it marked in your diary?!), we’ve compiled 14 of the most scenic picnic spots in Queensland, plus what to pack for the perfect afternoon of grazing.
Boombana (Mt Glorious), Brisbane
It’s only a short, easy drive from Brisbane but you’ll find yourself in the most beautiful bushland within D’Aguilar National Park. There is a range of tracks so you don’t have to be an intrepid hiker to take your joggers off road, and you also have BBQs and picnic tables at your disposal.
New Farm Park, Brisbane
If you pick a spot under a sunbeam, the grass is so comfy that an afternoon nap is pretty much guaranteed in New Farm Park.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Brisbane
One word: koalas. This gorgeous picnic patch is also home to five walking tracks and the Koala Centre (and its free)!
Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island
Okay, so it means getting packed early for a day trip, but Point Lookout offers pretty much the best view ever – keep a look out for whales!
Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland
After you do the walk down to the bottom of Purling Brook Falls and back up again, there is a green shady area to refuel with a picnic.
Picnic Point, Toowoomba
Why? Well the name says it all, but the view of the Lockyer Valley from Picnic Point is pretty special for champagne breakfast picnics right through to sunset picnics.
Ravensbourne National Park
This part of Queensland is blessed with perfect picnic vantage spots. Plonk yourself down at Gus Beutel Lookout at Ravensbourne National Park for panoramic views over the Scenic Rim, then explore one of the park’s other four tracks.
Queens Park, Ipswich
The oldest park in Queensland has got play equipment to keep the kids amused, plenty of pretty gardens to park your picnic down beside. After you eat, check out the Ipswich Nature Centre to see endangered bilbies and spinifex hopping mice.
Quart Pot Creek, Stanthorpe
You couldn’t be based in a better spot for a picnic than in Stanthorpe. After doing your rounds of the local wineries, dairies and farm gates, lay out your haul on the grass beside Quart Pot Creek and enjoy.
Kondalilla Falls, Montville
Head into the hinterland and take your picnic to the swimming hole at Kondalilla Falls (wait 30 minutes before going for a swim).
Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
Can’t be bothered with a picnic basket? Eat fish and chips as the sun sets behind the Glasshouse Mountains and the lorrikeets squawk in the Norfolk Pines above at Bulcock Beach. Then feed any leftovers to the Pelicans and seagulls for the best bird show in town.
Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach
Bring a rug and lay out your feast with a prime view of the hang gilders who take off from here and also migrating whales in whale season. It’s an easy 600-metre walk from the carpark.
Cedar Creek Falls, Whitsundays
If you love to picnic after a nice walk, and preferably with a waterfall backdrop, you’ll love Cedar Creek Falls. Lush greenery and fresh air make the perfect accompaniments to your crackers and cheese.
Eungella National Park, Mackay
Set in the mountains west of Mackay, Eungella National Park is the spot to go for a bush picnic without the long drive. And if you stick around late enough, you’ll spot platypus from the platform at Broken River.
The Strand, Townsville
Soak up some winter sun on The Strand in Townsville and then if you’re feeling particularly energetic, you can hike up to the top of Castle Hill to work off all that cheese.
More of a BBQ person? Here are 9 of the best outdoor BBQs in South East Queensland.
And these botanic gardens make for great picnic spots, too.
Where’s your favourite picnic spot in Queensland? And what are your non-negotiables in the picnic basket?
*Photography: Shutterstock (feature image and essentials); Keiran Lusk (Moreton Island picnic above).