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Mid-winter picnic spots in Brisbane

10 Jul 2018

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Sure, the weathers cooled down. But it doesn't mean you need to stay indoors. In fact, you could argue that mid-winter's the ideal time for a picnic in or around Brisbane. 

Not only are there fewer insects err… bugging you, there's more space. Simply pick a place, then swap the summer sandwiches for something a more suited to the cooler climate and you're ready to go!

New Farm Park, Brisbane

With plenty of space, New Farm Park is as good for working up an appetite as it is for satisfying it.  Alongside the idyllic riverside picnic spots are cycling loops, a tree house style adventure playground plenty of open fields to kick a ball, fly a kite or simply run free.

One more thing, if you've come on a whim and need supplies, there are plenty of nearby options to stock up your picnic basket.

Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Brisbane

It'd be easy to sum up Daisy Hill Conservation Park with one word – Koalas. There's no doubting that the park is home to an important koala population. And the Daisy Hill Koala Centre has plenty to see, including a treetop viewing tower, twice-daily keeper talks and kid-friendly interactive displays.

But there's plenty more on offer, with much of it starting from the picnic area. Follow the signposted tracks on foot to make your way through the stunning eucalypt forest and wetlands. Like to move a little faster? Head out on the shared trail network and make your way around by mountain bike or horse.

Open seven days from 7am, the park closes at 5.30 pm during the winter. And yes, it's free to enter.

Queen's Park, Ipswich

Just a short drive from Brisbane will get you to Queen's Park. This immaculately maintained park is one of Queensland's oldest and includes the Ipswich Nerima Gardens.

Of course, a carload of kids mightn't be thinking too hard about beautiful gardens. Good thing there's an excellent playground for them to explore – inspired by the area's coal mining history. And when they're done with that, it'll be time to check out the cute furies in the park's nature centre.
As with all 'civilised' winter picnic spots, it's not even a problem if you forget your hamper. There's a café with outdoor seating to help make sure nobody goes hungry.

Boombana (Mt Glorious), Brisbane

Part of the D'Aguilar National Park, Mt Glorious and surrounds are a short drive north west of Brisbane. Like many bush-set parks, there's plenty of opportunity to work up an appetite before setting up your winter picnic.

That's because there's a range of walking tracks and circuits to take you through the stunning bushland and sub-tropical rainforest to the awesome views. You'll soon understand why Mount Glorious was so named!

Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island

Okay, this isn’t quite Brisbane and requires a little more planning to get there. But winter is the ideal time of year to head over to the north-east corner of North Stradbroke Island, set up the picnic and see why it's called Point Lookout. It's humpback whale migration season and this is an excellent place to spot these amazing creatures (not to mention dolphins, turtles and rays).

So alongside your picnic hamper, remember to pack your binoculars or a camera with long lens if that's your thing. And don't forget, while North Stradbroke is an island, it's not a deserted one – there's plenty to do post-picnic too!

Quart Pot Creek, Stanthorpe

Our last entry is also a little out of Brisbane. But from the city the trip south west is definitely worth the effort if you love walking, bike trails, or simply sitting down at a picnic spot by the creek, and enjoying the stunning scenery and native bird life.

If you're up for it, there's even free range camping there. Not a bad option if you decide to check out the local wineries after your picnic! Don't forget your picnic hamper too, here’s some super simple and easy lunches to put together that you and the family will love!

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