Summer calls us outside to eat. Whether you enjoy a long lazy lunch with the family or a more spontaneous alfresco experience, we’ve got the essential inclusions for a summer-time picnic.
Plus, we’ve got the inside gossip from locals about their favourites places to picnic in each state.
Australia’s picnic hotspots
It’s no surprise that Aussies love to be by the beach when they dine alfresco in summer, but a recent survey by Australian Macadamias revealed some other unexpected tips from locals on the best picnic places.
Queenslanders love a picnic by the beach especially at Burleigh Heads and Bribie Island. The lush rainforest hinterland at Mount Tamborine and panoramic city views from Mount Coot-tha are also favourite places to lay down a picnic blanket.
New South Wales
In New South Wales locals are beach enthusiasts too. They love to eat at Bondi, Bronte and Ballina beaches. The dramatic World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, cosmopolitan Centennial Park and the naturally serene Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan are also favourites.
Australian Capital Territory
Berry Springs Darwin, with its ample shade, native flowers and birdlife is the location of choice for a picnic in the Northern Territory.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens is a picnic hotspot in South Australia. The varied, seasonal landscape of the Adelaide Hills, specifically Morialta Falls and Belair National Park, is also a popular choice with locals.
Tasmanians say National Parks and Reserves are the best spots in that state soak up the great outdoors over a long, lazy lunch. They love the peaceful river valley of Fernglade Reserve, along with Cataract Gorge and Mount Field National Park.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is a hit with Victorians, but they also love to head to Brighton Beach and Williamstown Beach. The mighty Murray River lined with red gums and meandering through the heart of Victoria’s food bowl, along with Hanging Rock, are also suggested by locals.
So don’t resist the call of the outdoors this summer!
You can find the best recipes for picnic hampers here.