Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that can have patience can have what he will.” And have some freedom to enjoy the outdoors we will! Because we have done such a terrific job of flattening the curve, some of the stay-at-home restrictions will be lifted. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that “from midnight on Friday [Saturday morning, 2nd May], you will be able to go for a drive as long as you remain within 50 kilometres of your home” and single people will be able to go with one other person. Yes, you read that right…dating life is slowly normalising. So to help you kick off a beautiful weekend with your date, we’ve lined up some amazing picnic spots, cafes in the area and delicious grazing boxes you can order or grab on the way. Enjoy!
Picnic Spots Within 50 km of Brisbane
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha
The Japanese Garden is very calming. Enjoy a beautiful picnic and afterwards explore one or all of the three self-guided trails available — The Aboriginal Plant Trail (30 minutes, easy pace), the Australian Plant Communities Trail (60 to 90 minutes), and the White Arrow Trail (60 minutes, leisurely pace).
Address: Mt. Coot-tha Road Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland 4066 Australia
Nearby takeaway: The Gardens Café, Abode Cafe, The Spot Specialty Coffee and Cat & Fiddle.
Lake Eden – North Lakes
Spread a blanket on the grass,lay out that baguette, cured ham, and cheeses, and really just let your hair down. Enjoy a meaningful conversation while admiring the stunning body of water surrounded by parks and boardwalks.
Address: North Lakes QLD 4509
Nearby takeaway: Boardwalk Restaurant, The Brew Testament, The Fort Specialty Coffee.
Sweeney Reserve & Mungarra Reserve Walks
The Sweeney Reserve and Mungarra Reserve riverside walk winds along the North Pine River. It features dog parks and various areas perfect for a quiet picnic beneath shade trees.
Address: 1 Old Dayboro Rd, Petrie QLD 4502
Nearby takeaway: Debeana, Riverstop Cafe, Kadison And Lealta, Be Bop A Licious and MotMot.
Affectionately known as Coochie, this small sub-tropical island is just a short passenger ferry or vehicle ferry ride from Victoria Point. Pack a picnic and enjoy a walk with your date. The passenger ferry service runs every half hour.
Address: Coochiemudlo Island, Queensland.
Nearby takeaway: Red Rock Cafe, Oasis Restaurant, The Wishing Well and The Blue Parrot Café.
Bellbird Grove, D’Aguilar National Park
Bellbird Grove is close to the city being only 10 minutes drive from The Gap. On one side of the road as you drive in is Rose Gum Picnic Area, featuring tall, beautiful gums with picnic tables and good shade. The other area, Black Wattle Picnic Area, has a large, open space.
Address: Bellbird Grove Road, Enoggera Reservoir QLD 4520
Nearby takeaway: Coffee on THE Way, Bean & Gone and Ferny’s Cafe & Espresso Bar.
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Daisy Hill Conservation Park is part of the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area. The Daisy Hill picnic area and the Daisy Hill trail hub provide picnic and barbecue facilities with two undercover seating areas.
Address: Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill.
Nearby takeaway: St Coco Cafe, Christophers Fine Foods, Roundabout Espresso and Destination Cafe.
Grazing Boxes You Can Order
The Big Antipasto
Grazing & picnic boxes.
Contact: 0416 404 288
Grazing platters, boxes & gifts with same day delivery!
Contact: 0447 980 705
Little Graze & Co.
Brisbane, Gold Coast & surrounds
Standard, Vegetarian and Vegan options.
Contact: 0401 558 153
Fig & Brie Grazing
Bespoke grazing boxes, VG, V & GF options, delivery available
Contact: 0401 558 153
We’re so excited about dating slowly going back to normal and we hope these ideas have inspired you for your dates.
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