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Whether you need a spot for a long awaited catch-up or a romantic outdoor date, the humble picnic is a summer staple. Roll out your picnic rug at Melbourne's most beautiful parks and gardens.
Once your location's locked in, stock up on essentials and graze all day on Melbourne's best picnic hampers. Think epic cheeseboards, homemade lemonade and antipasti for days. Or DIY from one of Melbourne's best local delis.
Queen Victoria Gardens
Have your picnic lunch alongside the lucky ducks who call this picturesque park home. Spot John Olsen’s bronze frog leaping from the water. And snap perfect summer pics with the giant floral clock. Then it's just a short walk to hidden Lake Waterfall for post-picnic adventuring.
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.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Bursting with summer growth, Royal Botanic Gardens is home to plenty of perfect 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 duckling viewing over lunch.
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.
Escape to this green oasis on the edge of the city. Enjoy fresh air among avenues of elm trees and quirky fountains. Then head to the park’s southern section to nab a picnic spot by the gurgling stream. Let kids loose on the kitsch dragon slide and double-necked giraffe swing.
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Last updated on Tue 4 Jan 2022
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