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Whether it's a long awaited catch-up or a romantic outdoor date, the humble picnic is here again from 18 September. These beautiful parks and gardens are the best spots in Melbourne to roll out your picnic rug.
Certain restrictions on outdoor gatherings and travel still apply. Make sure you check and follow all current guidance from the Victorian Government before making plans and heading out.
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 spring 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 spring 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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