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Best Hidden Picnic Spots in Melbourne for a Scenic Spread

Pack a hamper, crack open the bubbles and take your pick from the most beautiful hidden picnic spots in Melbourne.

Guilfoyle's Volcano (Image Credit - Landscape Australia)
Guilfoyle's Volcano (Image Credit - Landscape Australia)

Whether you’re looking to score some brownie points or you just love a first-rate alfresco spread, this city has no shortage of locations to roll out the picnic rug. From lakeside kickbacks to volcano hangs, Melbourne has some secret stunners hiding in plain sight. So, ready the nibbles and chill the prosecco – these are the best hidden picnic spots in Melbourne for an alfresco lunch date with a difference. 

Image Credit - Helen Myall
Image Credit - Helen Myall
George Tindale Memorial Gardens

One step inside this magical little haven, and you'll be instantly transported into another world. Lush, green and with more than a few pops of colour, this enchanting garden comes brimming with native plants and flowers that spill over every inch of greenery. With your pick of serene spots to perch your basket – all that’s left to do is kick back, spread out your picnic fare and forget where you are for a little while. 

33 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke

Dandenong Ranges National Park - visit Dandenong ranges
Dandenong Ranges National Park - visit Dandenong ranges
Dandenong Ranges National Park

Ready the esky and hit the road because one of the best hidden picnic spots in Melbourne (or just out) awaits! Immerse yourself in the rainforests of Dandenong Ranges National Park, where you can embark on tranquil forest walks while spotting native animals such as wallabies, lyrebirds and wombats. Make your way up the mountain to enjoy expansive views over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley before making the impossibly hard decision of which stunningly scenic spot to lunch.

School Road, Tremont 

Landscape Australia
Landscape Australia
Guilfoyle’s Volcano

Complete with floating islands, lily pads and a kaleidoscope of native plants and flowers, Guilfoyle’s Volcano oozes picnic potential. Nestled within one of Melbourne’s most iconic alfresco dining spots, this inner-city stunner is hiding in plain sight. Part folly, part reservoir, this enchanting enclave in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens offers dreamy blooms, killer city views and no shortage of stunning spots devour a cheese plate.

Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Women’s Peace Park

The cornerstone of the Kensington community, this inspired space is the perfect sunny day setting. Lining the manicured grass is a treasure trove of plants that are as symbolic as they are stunning. Representing peace around the world, you’ll find roses, olive trees and fragrant rosemary plants. Undiscovered by most, you’ll struggle to find a more hidden picnic spot in Melbourne than this.

Kensington

Image Credit - Marcello Bocchini
Image Credit - Marcello Bocchini
Argyle Square

Joining Carlton to the CBD, this pint-sized patch of greenery draws an eclectic mix of residents, city workers and uni students in need of some fresh air.  Coffee catchups are an all-day vibe in Argyle Square with book adorned singles peppered along the richly coloured lawn. For an antipasti selection that would rival the trattorias in Rome, Lygon Street is across the street.

Carlton

Image Credit - Melbourne Daily
Image Credit - Melbourne Daily
Queens Park

Fancy a lakeside feast? A godsend on summer scorchers, the glorious Queens Park in Moonee Ponds is a beautiful place to spend a sunny afternoon over nibbles. Fountains, playgrounds, a swimming pool, and a lake create a family-friendly oasis for when the Melbourne heat gets a little too much to bear. Post dip, zen out under one of the billowing trees (a picnic rug is a must), or set up on one of the picnic tables sprinkled around.

Mt Alexander Road & Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds

Rippon Lea Estate

Swapping sangas and sparking for croquet and capris, this heritage-listed property in Elsternwick is nothing short of spectacular. For a hidden picnic spot in Melbourne with a touch of class, Rippon Lea’s impeccably manicured grounds come complete with stables, a lake, and a boathouse – the estate gets extra points for growing the fresh, seasonal produce of the city’s finest eateries – the crew from the neighbouring three-hatted Attica are usually around somewhere.

Hotham Street, Elsternwick 

Loving our pick of the best picnic spots in Melbourne? Make sure to check out our fave beaches and scenic hikes around Victoria for you to explore.