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The Best Picnic Spots in Melbourne to Dine Alfresco

Outdoor feasting with a view, these are the best picnic spots in Melbourne to soak up the summer sun and dine into the evening.

Carlton Gardens
Carlton Gardens

Whether you’re looking to dial up the romance or gather a few of your friends for outdoor beers and nibbles, there’s nothing quite like dining on the grass in the basking sun. So ready your rug and pack that hamper; Melbourne’s best picnic spots are ready and waiting for endless alfresco fun. Here’s where to dine out on fresh air, delicious feasts and plenty of chilled prosecco. 

*It goes without saying, in light of the current COVID-19 situation we find ourselves in, you should pick a location close to home, and practice good social distancing and hygiene while out and about. Be sure to follow the Victorian Government website closely for updates!

Photo Credit - Lyna Lutch
Photo Credit - Lyna Lutch
Fairfield Park Boathouse

Giving us serious Notebook vibes, the Fairfield Boathouse is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic for two. Head out onto the calm waters of the Yarra and sail (or in this case row) off into the sunset. The insta-worthy hand-built rowboats were designed by an English shipwright and are the only ones of their kind in the Southern Hemisphere. If you prefer to stay on dry land, roll out the blanket and perch on the riverbank for an equally serene setting.

Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield

SkyHigh

Pack a picnic basket and hit the road for one of the most scenic picnic spots in Melbourne. Nestled within the lush surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges, SkyHigh offers an abundance of idyllic spots to sip and snack. Take a stroll through the picturesque English garden set below a canopy of mature Blackwoods, or work up an appetite in the living hedge maze. Settle in for the afternoon and bask in the spectacular views over the Dandenong Ranges National Park and Melbourne skyline.

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

The Royal Botanic Gardens

Arguably one of Melbourne’s most iconic al fresco dining spots, the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens offers everything from forest walks to cacti gardens and a tropical glasshouse across an impressive 38-hectare site. With so much room to move, you’ll have no trouble finding your group a private little corner to spread out your blanket and feast in style amongst breathtaking scenery.

Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

St Vincent Gardens

Nestled between some of Melbourne’s loveliest (and priciest) streets, English heritage-inspired St Vincent Gardens is a beautiful place to while away a sunny afternoon over nibbles. Smaller than the city’s better known picnic hot spots, this is just the spot to impress someone special someone. There’s even a lawn bowls club at hand should you want to up the ante.

St Vincent Place, Albert Park

Edinburgh Gardens

The place to see and be seen come summertime, Edinburgh Gardens is the picnic spot of choice for stylish North-siders (and their equally hip pets). Lush, green and complete with tennis courts, a skate park and bowls club for added action – the gardens get extra points for being surrounded by some of Melbourne’s best bakeries, bottle shops and independent grocers should your stock run low.

Alfred Crescent, Fitzroy North 

Carlton Gardens

The perfect spot to escape on your CBD lunch break, Carlton Gardens are something of an oasis within the hustle of inner-city Melbourne. With ample grassy space, and the splendour of the Royal Exhibition Building as a backdrop – all that’s left to do is kick back, spread out your picnic fare and forget where you are for a little while. 

1-111 Carlton Street, Melbourne

Catani Gardens

For those looking for a picnic spot close to the coast, Catani Gardens gives you the chance to feast alfresco on the St Kilda foreshore. Set up on a cosy patch of grass, and watch the locals stroll by as you sip your wine and feast on olives and cheese.

Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West

Darling Gardens 

Something of a local fave (and a fiercely guarded one at that), the quaint Darling Gardens is the stuff picnickers’ dreams are made of. Flat green grass, lots of space and large, shady trees make it the perfect spot for a fancy picnic for two, with an ice-cold bottle of sparkling and an elaborate cheeseboard.

Gold Street, Clifton Hill

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.