10 Perfect Picnic Spots in Melbourne

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.

 

Alexandra Gardens

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

 

Carlton Gardens

 

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

 

Westgate Park

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

 

Yarra Bend Park

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

 

Lysterfield Park

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

 

Horswood Rd

Lysterfield VIC 3156

 

Williamstown Beach

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

 

Esplanade

Williamstown 3016

 

Edinburgh Gardens

 

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

 

Alfred Crescent

Fitzroy North VIC 3068

 

The Stables of Como

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

 

Albert Park

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

 

Albert Park

Victoria 3206

 

Abbotsford Convent

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

 

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