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The perfect picnic is easier than you think - 10 top tips

Weekends and holidays are a great time to get out and about and enjoy a picnic with family and friends, but there's a lot to think about.

Here's 10 top tips for organising the perfect picnic this festive season.

1. Prepare just a few things and do them well. To ease up on the cooking visit your local deli and top up with a few goodies like olives, beautiful cheese and crackers.

2. Put small bottles of water or juice in the freezer for a few hours. These can then double-up as chiller-blocks to keep food cool and when you reach your picnic spot, the drinks will still be cold.

3. Choose foods to serve all at the same time. The fun of a picnic is to spread all the food on the blanket and let everyone laze around, helping themselves. Pack plenty of fabulous picnic ware to add extra style.

4. If you are going to serve a decent wine then it seems a waste to serve in plastic glasses. Take some real glasses with holders that stick into the ground.

5. Got any leftovers? Take aham or roast turkey, accompany it with some salad, mayonnaise, cranberry sauce, stuffing and delicious fresh bread and let everyone make their own sandwich.

6. If you don’t have a rubber-based picnic rug put a plastic drop sheet under your blanket to avoid damp areas. Or if you are picnicking near a beach don’t forget your beach towels.

7. Take a quality cane picnic basket to add elegance to your picnic or opt for practical cool boxes and bags to keep food fresh in the summer heat.

8. Take plastic bags with you, one for rubbish and one for dirty plates and utensils.

9. A picnic wouldn’t be complete without some outdoor fun, so pack the football, frisby or boules.

10. And don’t’ forget these picnic essentials….insect repellent, sun tan lotion, bottle opener, napkins and cutlery and matches if you plan to barbecue.

Here's some of my favourite picnic spots around Brisbane. Where are yours?

Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane CBD.

One of the city's best kept secrets, this large park has everything from walking trails to large grassed areas for throwing out the picnic rug.  There's an oversized pond in the centre and botanic type gardens with sculptures dotted throughout on the hill.

Mount Tamborine, Scenic Rim, South East Queensland

Just a day trip from Brisbane, the cooler climes of Mount Tamborine are a great getaway.  Add in local produce to browse and views that stretch beyond the horizon and you've got a perfect picnic spot.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane

So close to the city centre, these cliffs offer a wonderful viewpoint over the city and benefit from cooling river breezes.

Mary Cairncross Reserve, Sunshine Coast Hinterland

My mother always told me to walk quietly through the rainforest here so I didn't wake the fairies.  They live under the thick green mossy areas and there are elves too!  These tales amused me as a child but this reserve still has plenty to offer as a picnic area.

Mt Glorious

Just a short drive west from Brisbane in to Brisbane Forest Park, there's a series of mountain getaways and parks with walking trails.  A great day out or picnic lunch destination.

Disclaimer:  Nothing to see here, just sharing food love.


  1. Great list Kerry. I love picnics. We have a basket that contains all the essentials for a picnic packed and ready to go when the mood strikes. Glasses, good plastic plates, cutlery,board and knife. Just add food. I keep a plastic Ikea shower curtain in the basket. Perfect as a tablecloth or under rug if ground damp. One of my fave spots is Kangaroo Point cliff top. Especially good for a night picnic or pre dinner drinks and nibbles before heading to a restaurant.

  2. Great tips Barbara. Love the idea of pre dinner nibbles on the cliff top and the Ikea shower curtain is a great trick. I can feel a shopping trip to Ikea coming on.

  3. Gail Forrer11:01 am

    Best picnic places for me,close to home: Noosaville foreshore, Gympie Tce., Noosaville. Barbies, swings, big shady trees. A trail of white sand beside the Noosa river leads you into a positive state of mind. It's a busy place with a good vibe from all the folk in varying degrees of chillation.

    Maroochydore botanic gardens at Tanawha. Australian bush regenerated and loved by locals.
    A shadowy billabong, extraordinary sculpture garden, exquisite ecco centre. Picnic tables and kookaburras. Nature's gentle respite centre.

    Oh a Noosan, must include Cooroy Botanic gardens on lake Macdonald. Starting out life as a dump, this garden of paradise was transformed through the energy of the late and great Ida Duncan and husband Jim. Think, tranquil, lush and languid. Picnic, meditate and chill. It's a great place.

  4. Wow! I've never been to either of the botanical gardens. Must put them on my list - they sound wonderful.

  5. Have to agree with the botanic gardens at Cooroy. My little sister had her wedding there and it really is gorgeous and lush.

    I would have to add anywhere around Mount Mee to my fav locations. Mainly because I live there but also because you can pull up on one of the back roads and have an amazing view and peace and quiet. Then if the weather turns bad you can always duck into Birches restaurant lol

    Great list. Hope I can get out and have a picnic one day over the next few I have off.

  6. You are so right about Mt Mee- it's a beautiful area. We often head through there on motor bike rides.

  7. Hi this nice post. Thanks for provide the helpful information.
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