It’s sunny, picnics are on from 18 September, and Melbourne’s parks and gardens are calling. Enjoy this local selection of picnic hampers you can order for pick-up or home delivery.

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.

Picnic in the park with KereKere Green

KereKere Green is just where you want to be, in Fitzroy Gardens. The deluxe picnic is $75 for two, and is packed with all your picnic requirements. That means Yarra Valley cheeses, chicken sandwiches and chocolate brownies. Along with salad, crackers, homemade lemonade and choc-top ice creams. Just book with minimum 24-hours notice and picnic perfection will be yours! Back on from 21 September.

A picnic basket with food in it on a bench
KereKere Green hampers. Photo by Indie Lane.

Earl Canteen ultimate picnic packs

Celebrate the season with an all-inclusive picnic hamper from Earl. The classic share platter pack features mini chicken sandwiches, veggie tarts, oozey brie and antipasto. Finish on fudgy choc brownies and kick back in a sun-soaked foodie coma. You can also build your own custom ploughman's board, or opt for a single-serve picnic pack. Now delivering to nearly 100 postcodes.

Rustica picnic hampers for two

Rustica's deluxe grazing boards are top-notch outdoor date material. Share charcuterie with your cutie and enjoy sourdough baguette, cranberry walnut loaf, pesto, cheeses and hummus. Not a meat fan? Swap out salami for extra cheese. These grazing packs and canape kits can serve 2 to 4 picnic pals. Get the good stuff delivered up to 20km from their store.

A cheeseboard with deli meats, dips and cheese on it.
Rustica picnic hampers are perfect for two

Spring Street Grocer cheese packs

Nothing says spring like an al fresco cheese platter from this iconic local deli. Nosh on a selection of soft cheeses, choose 100 per cent Aussie produce or let the in-house cheesemonger seal your fromage fate. Gourmet deli faves like muscatels, bush honey and cornichons can be sourced here too. They even have gluten-free crackers and vegan cheese! Order online for delivery or find your feast in store.

Asado grazing boxes

Asado's picnic packs are fully stocked with all the makings of an Argentinian feast. Snack on smoked gazpacho, cured chorizo, jamon and much more. Plus picnic classics like sandwiches, bread with olive oil and of course, cheese. Add on rosé sangria, or choose from a range of ready-to-drink cocktails and wine. Order online by 8pm for next day delivery or pickup.

King & Godfree antipasti in a box

Deli legends King & Godfree have got the cheesy, carb-loaded goods. Their antipasto range covers dips, marinated veg, lush pesto and epic olive selections. Pick your faves or grab a premade cheese box. They come loaded with baguette, biscuits, pickled veg, European cheeses and more. Don't skip the curated Italian bottle-o section, either. Order online for delivery or pick up in store.

Three boxes filled with cheese, fruit, crackers and meat.
King & Godfree antipasto

Ripe Cheese spring picnic packs for two

Ripe kept us going through winter with luxe cheese toasties. Keep the cheese-loaded fun coming with brand new picnic packs. Start with a crusty Turkish roll filled with Fior Di Latte, basil pesto and fresh tomatoes. Then graze away the day with double cream brie, aged cheddar, blue cheese, juicy strawbs, crackers and pickles. Pre-order for pick-up only.

Zaatar picnic from Errol’s Cafe

For a Middle Eastern spin, order a picnic hamper from North Melbourne’s Errol’s Cafe. Their Agraba picnic box is a fragrant mix of zaatar pita sandwiches, grilled vegie skewers and hummus. For dessert there’s Turkish delight and fresh fruit skewers. The box is $52, and can be picked up from North Melbourne or delivered to your home.

Grossi a Casa aperitivo pack

How we've missed aperitivo hour. Take it outside with this luxurious snack pack from Grossi. Sourdough, salumi, olives, cheeses and fava bean dip are fully prepped and ready to eat. Be sure to bring a few big spoons for the takeaway tiramisu, and pair with your choice of bev from their pre-made cocktail range. Ready for pick up or delivery.

Various cheese boards with breads, meat and cocktails.
Aperitivo on the go from Grossi

Picnic gadgets and accessories

The important part (food) is done. Make it the most extra picnic ever with these perfect outdoor dining essentials.

Personal picnicware

Not keen on sharing cutlery? Probably for the best. Monsterthreads stock cute, eco-friendly reusable cutlery sets that are perfect for picnics. Try this terrazzo set, or opt for bamboo. They both pack down into a tiny bundle for picnic-goers on the move.

Chic glass lunch box

Keep your spread fresh with Melbourne’s own BeetBox lunch boxes. This Good Design Award winner is made from tempered glass, with a neoprene sleeve that insulates and protects.

Lunchboxes and snacks on a picnic blanket in a park.
Build your picnic with BeetBox

Cottagecore picnic rug

Find a comfy seat at your outdoor feast from Make Designed Objects. The Otto & Spike picnic rug is made from vintage Australian Shetland wool, with a moisture-proof backing to protect against spills and dew. And the woven tartan pattern has timeless appeal.

Spill-proof wine holder table

There’s nothing worse than spilling your glass on the grass. So stabilise your flute of bubbly on a pop-up picnic table from Spoilt. Two wine glass sized nooks are carved into each board, with plenty of room for your cheese spread.

A small wooden table with a cheeseboard and wine glasses on it
The picnic mate table from Spoilt

The best picnic spots in Melbourne

Carlton Gardens

A World Heritage Site known for its Victorian fountain and tree-lined avenues.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

A picturesque haven for recreation and a key botanical resource for research and conservation.

Queen Victoria Gardens

These landscaped gardens on St Kilda Road are home to the Floral Clock.

Parliament Gardens Reserve

This small triangular park is a pleasant respite at the Spring Street end of town.

Last updated on Wed 29 Sep 2021

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