Celebrate National Picnic Day in these prime spots

April 23 is a perfect day to celebrate nature by having a picnic at the best locations in Queensland.

There is no clear record on who created National Picnic Day. But, here in Queensland, you don’t need an excuse to put together a packed lunch and find a beautiful spot to hold a picnic. Picnic food can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. Anything from classic BBQs, platters, sandwiches, or dry snacks, an afternoon lunch is great for everyone. Here are some great locations to pack a picnic basket and blanket for.

Boombana, Brisbane

The D’Aguilar National Park is only a short drive from Brisbane. In this location, you will find yourself surrounded by some of Australia’s most beautiful bushland. Make the most of this park by exploring the many walking tracks available. After spending a morning wandering about, settle in for your picnic, there are BBQs and picnic tables available.

New Farm Park, Brisbane

This is a well-known spot for many city locals. The park has a large number of beautiful shaded picnic spots. The park is stunning, making it the perfect place to try out a new camera. You may also like to just sit back and read a good book or just take in the tranquil scenery.

Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Brisbane

This nature park is great for families to run around. Home to five walking tracks and the Koala Centre, giving you plenty of chances to spot native Koalas throughout your day. Be sure to pack a picnic blanket as the available tables are often occupied on the weekend.

Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island

This location can take some time to get too so it’s best to make a day trip out of it. The struggle of getting there is worth it, Point Lookout offers a gorgeous view. What makes this location extra special is how many whales you will be able to spot during migration season (typically May to November). For this picnic, you will want to pack the camera to help capture the beauty.

Kondalilla Falls, Montville

Kondalilla Falls is a hidden mountain retreat in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. During the summer wet season, the Skene Creek drops 90m into the forest’s valley. The national park is a popular location for birdwatchers, photographers, and bushwalkers. The ideal picnic area is after a 1.7km circuit track, so you can fit in some exercise before you eat. For those who want to challenge themselves, the 4.6km circuit is a great walk.

Other notable mentions

  • The Strand, Townsville
  • Picnic Point, Toowoomba
  • Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast hinterland
  • Walton Bridge Reserve, Enoggera Creek

Once you decide on the perfect location start to plan out the best lunch to take with you. The last thing anyone wants to gain from their picnic is food poisoning, avoid the sickness with these tips.