Putting sausage to grill, surrounded by council-planned nature, is a birth-right for every Australian. It combines the best of camping and picnics: the ability to cook outdoors but in close proximity to a supermarket should someone forget the tomato sauce.
We’ve tracked down some of the city’s best spots to drop a blanket, open a drink, and get your grill on.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Llewellyn Street, end of River Terrace, Kangaroo Point
A 180-degree view of central Brisbane is the major drawcard of this spot, which overlooks the City Botanic gardens, Brisbane River and Eagle Street Pier. A cluster of gas barbeques and picnic shelters near Llewellyn Street provides an ideal spot to escape the hordes and find some open space to cook and chill.
Amenities are conveniently located down a set of stairs on Lower River Terrace. Though secluded, it can be popular so get in early to secure a spot. Barbeques are at a premium and parking is limited.
New Farm Park
Brunswick Street, New Farm
A sprawling mass of green recreation space in the heart of New Farm, this park is a mecca for surrounding residents, who arrive on any given Sunday with drinks and picnic supplies in hand.
Any grassy spot inside the ring road provides a view of the city skyline and the riverbank opposite the Powerhouse is a good place to catch an afternoon breeze.
Barbeques are located at either end of the park. Wifi is a major plus of New Farm Park, so you can stream your Spotify playlist of barbeque bangers without chewing through a month’s worth of data.
Captain Burke Park
Holman Street, Kangaroo Point
Beneath Story Bridge, at the farthest reach of Kangaroo Point, is a secluded gem often overlooked for better-known spots. While the bridge itself may be a bit of an eyesore, the park offers a great view of the Eagle Street Pier section of the city. The tidal beach is a novelty, but at the height of summer, dipping a toe in the Brisbane River is an opportunity to cherish. There’s ample space to roll-out a picnic rug, as well as a host of barbeques and other amenities. Two ancient fig trees provide plenty of shade.
Hill End Terrace, West End
For those seeking all the facilities without the masses, Orleigh Park in West End is ideal. The parkland follows the reach of the river for several kilometres and provides ample green space to wander around and stretch out.
The main facilities on Hill End Terrace have barbeques, shelters and picnic benches. Follow the path up river toward the West End Ferry Terminal to find a secluded spot to drop your rug and soak up the serenity.
The view across to St Lucia might not be as picturesque as other spots, but the sprawling greenery and cool breeze will draw you in.
J.C Slaughter Falls
Mt Coot-tha Road, Mt Coot-tha
Just 10 kilometres from the CBD in the lush Mt Coot-tha Reserve, this spot will have you feeling like you’ve ventured far out of town. Wood-fired barbeques are conveniently located at the carpark, as well as some tables and grass to spread out on.
For those feeling adventurous, the Aboriginal Art Trail and the Summit Track start from here and offer good hiking opportunities through the reserve. The falls come alive in the summer season after rain, providing an oasis from the vast city beyond.
Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
This Norfolk Pine-sheltered spot is on the shores of beautiful Moreton Bay. Just 40 minutes from the CBD, it’s a considered trek but is worth it for the opportunity to cool off in pristine waters. The park’s barbeques are newly installed and clean, while shelters and picnic benches are also available but claimed quickly during the busy summer months. Parking can be congested along Redcliffe Parade, so get in early.
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