Whether it’s with family, friends or both, picnics offer the opportunity to get outdoors and see parts of Melbourne you otherwise wouldn’t.
Brimbank Park [Brimbank Road, Keilor East] is a creative haven for your children and a great place to catch up with family and friends. Park in Carpark C and set yourself up at one of the free electric BBQs for the day. The children can create their own ‘cubby house’ in the playground while parents and friends catch up. The whole park is surrounded by the Maribyrnong River and only a few minutes’ walk from Carpark C you will find a great lookout point over of the surrounding suburbs out to the West. The park also features several walking trails for those keen for exploring! This park truly has everything needed for a whole days fun.
The Williamstown Botanical Gardens [Corner Giffard and Osborne Streets, Williamstown] it truly a hidden treasure of the west and definitely a great place for a picnic. Take a walk along the intricate pathways or relax and unwind under some shady Australian trees. Be sure to pack your picnic well, we suggest some cold meats, cheese, and sandwiches as there are no electric BBQs here. Finish your day by heading just across Esplanade Road to Shelly’s Beach and enjoy a swim before heading home… don’t forget your togs!
Only a short train ride from the CBD and lining the banks of the Maribyrnong River sits Footscray Park [40 Maribyrnong Boulevard, Footscray]. One of Melbourne’s best Edwardian parks, known for its shaped and the plants that have been planted over the years. The 15 hectare site is heritage listed and is home to some rare Australian plants. Sit on the hill and watch the Maribyrnong River flow pass, enjoy the view of surrounding suburbs, Flemington Racecourse and in some places Melbourne’s CBD. Unwind and spread out with a prepacked lunch or afternoon tea, for Footscray Park really is a top place for a picnic.
Spanning 68 hectares between two suburbs, Ruffey Lake Park [Corner Victoria and King Street, Templestowe] is as picturesque as it is large. With several playgrounds, toilet blocks and barbeques nestled throughout, there are many places that are perfect for a picnic. The park even offers a Frisbee golf course! Enter from Victoria Street to find parking, playgrounds and great picnic spots by the Ruffey River that runs through the park. Pack your basket with some pre-lunch snacks and the main course to be cooked on the BBQ, a perfect way to spend any weekend with family or friends!