Picnic spots

When the weather is on its best behaviour, there's no easier way to enjoy nature than with a picnic. Many parks are equipped with picnic tables or benches and some have BBQ facilities or cafes where food can be purchased.

One thing to always remember though when picnicking in protected areas is to take your rubbish home with you. Bins not only attract feral pests to food scraps but can also overflow with litter, causing rubbish to end up impacting on the environment and causing serious harm to wildlife. So whilst having a picnic to admire nature and the outdoors is welcome in parks, do the right thing and help keep these places special by disposing of you waste when you get home.

Pack a picnic for your next visit to an urban park. Enjoy a picnic in the shade at Organ Pipes National Park. Picnic near the lakes of Albert Park or Lysterfield Park. Set up your picnic rug in the wide open spaces of Jells Park, Yarra Valley Parklands or Werribee Park

Just one hour from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges are scattered with grand landscaped gardens providing enchanting settings for a memorable day out with family and friends. Sherbrooke Picnic Ground is the perfect spot for a day trip. At the stunning Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden, discover hidden secrets in the tranquillity of rock gardens, ponds and waterfalls. Or visit the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, which is carpeted in colour and one of the most visited of the gardens. In spring, picnic on green lawns and take in the sights and smells as cherry blossoms and other flowers burst into bloom. Further north is Days Picnic Ground at Macedon Regional Park, a great space for both small and larger groups.

Head down to the coast and enjoy a picnic is one of the many peaceful picnic locations in Mornington Peninsula National Park. Lake Eildon is another great place for a day out with the family. The picnic areas offer are close to the boat ramp and walking tracks. After lunch at Sheoak Picnic Area in Great Otway National Park, choose to walk to one of the nearby waterfalls. Some of Lorne's best waterfall walks start here. 

Pack a picnic and enjoy nature

Two retired men go on a long walk through lush temperate rain-forest near Eagles nest picnic ground.

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Protecting the tall forests of the Dandenongs, this park is well known for its spectacular Mountain Ash trees and lush fern gullies, and is ideal for relaxing picnics and tranquil forest walks.
The view from the RJ Hamer Arboretum in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Take a quiet, peaceful stroll along the many walking tracks and roads of the Arboretum and take in the tranquil beauty and stunning scenery across the Yarra Valley out to the Warburton Ranges and beyond.
Two women in activewear walk their dogs while two runners approach them.

Albert Park

Jog, cycle or walk with your dog around Albert Park Lake - just 3km from the centre of Melbourne. And when you stop to catch your breath, take a moment to enjoy the magnificent views of the city skyline.
Four friends walk alongside the Yarra River through Yarra Bend Park.

Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne’s largest natural bushland park. Enjoy the leafy grounds and abundant wildlife while strolling or biking its many trails. Stop for a picnic, walk your dog or play a round of golf.
A family share a picnic while a father and son play with a model aircraft in the background.

Jells Park

Jells Park is nestled in the Dandenong Creek Valley, Wheelers Hill, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The park attracts over 900,000 visitors a year, with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, 127 hectares of wide open spaces and enough picnic areas for everyone to enjoy.
A young mother and father walking behind their two toddlers along the Organ Pipes Track on their way to a picnic

Walk and picnic at Organ Pipes National Park

Stretch your legs on a leisurely walk to take in the weird and unique rock formations, and enjoy a scenic picnic in the shade.

A little further afield

Mother and young daughter look at the rock formations in the Fairy Cave at Buchan Caves Reserve.

Buchan Caves Reserve

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock
Two women walk through ferns along the Shelly Harris Track in Kinglake National Park.

Kinglake National Park

Only 65 km north of Melbourne, Kinglake National Park lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, offering dramatic views of the Melbourne skyline, Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and across to the You Yangs.
A young couple paddle kayaks on a sunny afternoon across Lake Eildon.

Lake Eildon National Park

Lake Eildon National Park is in the northern foothills of Victoria's Central Highlands, 150 km north-east of Melbourne. Situated on the shores of Lake Eildon, the park protects 27,750 ha of rugged hills with open woodlands through to dense forest.
Two women in active wear walk up the granite steps on the way to Flinders Peak.

You Yangs Regional Park

Magnificent views, birdlife and a mecca for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers - welcome to the You Yangs! The distinctive granite peaks of this park rise abruptly from the flat plains below. Flinders Peak and Big Rock have panoramic views out to Melbourne, which is just an hour away.
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