There’s nothing better than sprawling out on a picnic blanket under the clear blue sky on a sunny Canberra day – which is exactly what we’re seeing a lot more of in the coming months! Picnics are the perfect affordable springtime activity.
Feasting on charcuterie platters, fresh seasonal fruit and a glass of wine or pink gin or two, what’s a better way to spend your weekends?
With nature reserves, lakes, bushlands, hills and views for miles, there’s so many places to go for a picnic in Canberra – here’s some of our fave picnic spots:
Lennox Gardens / Canberra Nara Peace Park
Just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Lennox Gardens. The area is lush and tranquil with plenty of space to kick back under shady trees. There’s plenty of seating, barbeque areas and open green areas to sit and relax.
Take a stroll through the Beijing Gardens that wind through the cherry blossoms and sculptures and take in the views of Lake Burley Griffin, Black Mountain Tower and beyond.
National Arboretum Canberra
Spend the day walking the trails and exploring the lush natural environment the Arboretum has to offer before rewarding yourself with a well-earned picnic! Check out the Himalayan Cedar Forest for a shady barbeque area surrounded by giant cedar trees!
Point Hut Crossing
This gem on the edge of Tuggeranong next to the suburb of Gordon is Point Hut Crossing. Point Hut Crossing makes up part of the Murrumbidgee River corridor and is home to a number of picnic tables, shady areas, amenities and it’s dog friendly (with specific areas for dogs on and off leads)! Here you’ll find walking trails to Pine Island and Kambah Pools – which are also cyclist friendly.
Old Parliament House Gardens
A picnic setting that gives off old-world romance vibes, Old Parliament House Gardens are a stunning spot for a spring picnic! The blooming wisteria trees and green open lawns make the perfect backdrop for a morning tea picnic with the girls.
Cotter Dam Reserve
A long time favourite of Canberrans, Cotter Dam Reserve has it all: picnic tables, barbeque facilities, playgrounds, places to swim and amenities – there’s also many short walking tracks to the Cotter Dam and the Cotter Discover Trail along the river.
Urriara Crossing is a popular swimming and picnicking spot with plenty of barbeques, parking, picnic tables and it’s dog friendly, with dogs allowed to swim in the Murrumbidgee river too!