Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the highly underrated activity that is having a picnic? We used to go on them with our family, but, at some point in our teens, we decided we were far too cool for such things. And now? Here we are, in the glorious picnic renaissance.
And what better place for a picnic then beside the rolling ocean waves or stunning hinterlands of the Gold Coast?
Pack your deli goods and blankies into the car boot, grab your mates and head along to these eight spots that provide the perfect backdrop for your outdoor dining. Need transport? Pop into Budget to grab your car for the weekend.
1. Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens
An easy 10-minute drive from Surfers Paradise will take you to the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens in Benowa. There’s nothing like a perfectly curated garden, complete with ponds and birds, to have yourself one of those grown-up picnics with nicely decorated cupcakes and gold-trimmed paper plates. There are a few tables too if you don’t feel like chilling on the ground.
2. Hinze Dam
Ok, but why does Hinze Dam in Advancetown look like Australia and the Canadian Rockies had a love child? It. Is. Stunning (and somehow still very under the radar so you’ll avoid the crowds). Plus there are plenty of bushwalks in the area to work up your appetite before you dig in.
3. The Panorama
It’s probably no surprise to you that The Panorama in Tallai is a spot on a hill 25 minutes out of Broadbeach that provides killer panoramic views of the Gold Coast. See what they did there? Think rustic and romantic as far as what it serves up for your picnic. Obviously, stay for the sunset.
4. Burleigh Hill
Burleigh is a popular area on the Gold Coast for swimmers, walkers and picnickers alike. You get an awesome Surfer’s Paradise skyline view while chilling out on the large grassy area to the sounds of rolling waves. Not bad mates, not bad. You’ll find plenty of happy groups laughing around their picnic blankets here.
5. Cedar Creek
Mt Tamborine has more gorgeous picnic spots then you can throw a blanket at, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. A particular gem, however, is Cedar Creek. It’s serving up all those peaceful nature vibes and you have the perfect place for a dip after you’re done eating.
6. Evandale Parklands
If you’re pretty keen on that whole GC skyline view, you’ll be excited to know there’s an almost secret spot beside the Gold Coast Art’s Centre, HOTA, in Bundall. Nestled between the building and a lake is a lovely parklands area overlooking the water to the city.
7. Ed Hardy Park
Ed Hardy Park – not named after the motorbike/clothing guy, I checked – in Miami is one of those classic Aussie beachside picnic spots with huge playgrounds, BBQ areas and fish & chip shops. So you’re basically living the dream. There’s plenty of grass, beach and views for all.
8. Currumbin Rock Pools
Nestled in amongst the trees but still providing shelter, picnic tables and barbecues, so you don’t need to think too far ahead. There’s also a cafe nearby if you’re REALLY unorganised. Or just didn’t bring enough food. Obviously, it’s also the perfect place for a swim.
The best part is, all eight spots are an easy drive from the main Gold Coast strips, so you can make it an easy but beautiful day trip. Just jump in the car and go.