A fantastic list of some of Melbourne's top spots for a family picnic!
There’s nothing quite like the blissful relaxation that comes with a family picnic. Sharing food, drinks and conversation with your loved ones is one of the simple joys of family life and it’s even better in a picturesque outdoor setting.
You don’t just get to enjoy the fresh air, sunlight and sounds of nature; the best picnic spots will have wide open areas allowing for a broad range of outdoor activities. Ball games, water gun fights, playing fetch with the dog – there’s no shortage of great ways to engage the kids in physical activity when you have the right picnic spot.
Of course, one of the main attractions of a family picnic is enjoying delicious food out in the open air. Nowadays, with the growth of services delivering pre-portioned ingredients to your door, it’s even easier to bring along healthy and satisfying meals that you cooked at home beforehand.
As well as your main lunch pick, you should always bring along some great snacking options like a cheese spread, mix of nuts or even just a bag of grapes from the supermarket. When it comes to picnic snacks, it’s all about finding something you can casually enjoy while sitting back and watching the kids tire themselves out with play.
While trying to find the best picnic supplies might not be too hard, what about finding the perfect picnic spot? Let’s take a look at the top 5 picnicking spots in Melbourne.
1. Royal Botanic Gardens
When it comes to a sheer abundance of beautiful and diverse plant life, it’s hard to do much better than the Royal Botanic Gardens. This place is absolutely massive, giving you and your family a lot of space to find the ideal spot and plan your activities.
Lay your blanket down on the banks of the Yarra River or take the kids to the incredible Children’s Garden. Apart from the stunning plant life, there are a few historic buildings dotted around that are a great chance to learn more about Melbourne’s rich history.
Location: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
2. Melbourne Zoo
What better way to enhance your picnic experience than include a trip to the zoo? The kids will absolutely adore you for taking them to see some of the incredible wildlife, and it also gives them a chance to learn more about their favourite exotic creatures.
If you’re happy to pay the entry fee and deal with the crowds, you’ll find there are plenty of great spots to take a break from animal watching to enjoy a meal with the kids. Picnicking at the Melbourne Zoo is a great way to combine two family excursions into one!
Located in East Melbourne, the Fitzroy Gardens are a lovely, well-maintained area perfect for picnics. Lay your blanket down by the water and let your kids feed the ducks or bring your bikes along to do a circuit of the idyllic natural landscapes.
There are also plenty of lovely fountains to explore and a historic conservatory to learn more about. Conveniently located close to the CBD, it’s easy to stop here for your picnic lunch before or after a city excursion.
Location: Wellington Parade (at Landsdown Street) East Melbourne
4. Yarra Bend Park
Yarra Bend Park, located in Fairfield, can easily make you forget that you’re in the middle of Melbourne. This place feels like the quintessential bit of Aussie parkland with an abundance of activities available, not to mention fully moveable picnic tables so you can find the perfect spot to relax.
Yarra Bend Park is a popular place for bird-watching as there’s a great diversity of Victorian birdlife to see. If you’re lucky, you’ll also spot some gorgeous flying foxes hanging in the trees taking a nap.
Location: Yarra Bend Road (Heidelberg Road) Fairfield
5. Fawkner Park
Located in South Yarra, a brief visit to Fawkner Park and you’ll quickly realise why it’s one of the top family picnic spots in Melbourne. The park is large, has an abundance of activities on offer and even has a special area where dogs are allowed to play without a leash.
This makes it the perfect place to bring a picnic basket, the Family Dog and some sports equipment for a fun-filled day. The landscape itself is quite stunning and gives you a lot of great photo opportunities.
Location: Toorak Road West (at St Kilda Road) South Yarra
Hopefully you’ll find one of the above spots the perfect place to picnic with your family and enjoy some engaging outdoor activity. Are there any other great picnic spots you think are missing from this list? Get in touch with us and let us know!
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