Originally written for The Weekly Review
The season for ice-cream, frozen cocktails, beach days and alfresco dining is almost here.
Yet, if you’re sick of waiting lists, reservations and climbing stairs up to a rooftop, picnicking may be the way to go.
Here are some great spots in Melbourne ready for the perfect picnic, probably best to avoid Hanging Rock though.
A popular spot for tourists, the park is located along the south bank of the Yarra River. Riverside BBQ’s or stretches are green would host the perfect picnic while palm trees, ornamental shrubs and a spectacular city view set the scene.
- St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
A firm favourite for city dwellers, Carlton Gardens surround the Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building. Expect a canopy of trees, flowerbeds and charming lakes.
- 1-111 Carlton Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Home to Melbourne’s pink Salt Water Lake and located in Port Melbourne you’re bound to get some great pictures here. The natural phenomenon only happens when there are high salt levels, high temperatures, sunlight and lack of rainfall so be sure to check Parks Victoria before-hand if you want to catch it. However, if you don’t get a chance to see the pink lake, Westgate Park is also a great spot for a picnic.
Under the Westgate Freeway, the park is home to indigenous plants and species with a variety of birds such as ibis, Australian pelicans and spoonbills.
- Westgate Park
93-125 Todd Road
Fishermans Bend VIC 3207
This is the largest area of bushland in Melbourne. The park has a great range of facilities and awesome landscape that can be explored by bike, on foot or even boating along the river, all with a breath-taking city view.
There are four different picnic areas dotted around the park with tables, shelter, toilets and BBQs.
- Yarra Bend Park
Fairfield VIC 3078
For a day trip head out towards Dandenong to one of Victoria’s most popular parks. Not only does it have endless perfect picnic spots, this park is great for those who love to be active. With trails for mountain biking, walking tracks and a lake perfect for canoeing, sailing, paddle boating and surf skiing.
- Lysterfield Park
Lysterfield VIC 3156
Located outside of the city in Melbourne’s first sea port, this swimming beach has some perfect picnic areas. Picnic and enjoy the sandy bay or wander around to the pier and sit in the park while enjoying the city view.
- Williamstown Beach
The gardens are small but a very popular summer location for north Melbourne hipsters. Located in North Fitzroy, the gardens are easy to get to with heaps of trees and rotunda, the perfect meeting spot.
- Edinburgh Gardens
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
For something more decadent, try the Stables of Como. While the stables do have a café and offers high tea, another option is a picnic. At $60pp, you can enjoy some gourmet food while relaxing in the gardens. Just outside of the city, it’s easy to get to and you don’t have to pack a thing.
- Corner of Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra VIC 3141
Located by South Yarra, Albert Park and lake is for the community with lots of events on during the summer. Sit by the lake and enjoy the Melbourne view while you eat and if you’re feeling super fancy, walk over to Fitzrovia and purchase one of their gourmet picnic hampers.
- Lakeside Drive
Bring your own food or grab something from one of the convents eateries. You can sit on the lawn and enjoy the sunshine at this truly unique location.
- 1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford VIC 3067