Picnics are a great way to see a city, spend time with friends, or have an inexpensive celebration.
After living in Canberra for over a decade, I went on many picnics in many different locations. Some were with groups of friends or family, and some were dates with my partner.
I found that there are plenty of undiscovered or underrated places in Canberra with beautiful scenery where you could enjoy a picnic.
Whether it’s a romantic vibe with your partner, a chilled environment with friends, or a fun family vibe, then there’s a few different places that you can visit.
In no particular order, here’s my pick for the top 6 picnic spots in Canberra.
1. Gibraltar Falls
If you are an adventurer, then you’ll love Gibraltar Falls. It’s about a 30-40 minute drive from the city, and nestled away in the bushland.
You can go for a trek on the bushwalk tracks and then find a nice spot either looking over the waterfall or listening to the running water of the creek.
Recommended for: Adventurers and active couples.
Don’t forget to bring: insect repellent and sunscreen.
2. Yerrabi Pond, Gungahlin
This is a great family orientated park by the man-made Yerrabi Pond. The adventure park is suitable for kids of all ages and is quite large so you can allow plenty of time for the kids to run around and play.
There’s lots of BBQ areas, trees for shade, and grassy areas for sitting or playing group sports.
Recommended for: young families and large groups.
Don’t forget to bring: outdoor cricket set and football.
3. Uriarra Crossing Picnic Area
In the north of the territory before it becomes New South Wales, the Murrumbidgee River passes through bush land and the Uriarra Crossing Picnic Area.
There’s plenty of wooden seats and tables for eating, but it’s always great setting up a private area by the lake. Dogs are also welcome at the picnic areas and by the river.
Recommended for: large groups with dogs
Don’t forget to bring: swimmers, towel and your furry friend
4. National Carillon, Lake Burley Griffin
Often a common place for wedding photos, the Carillion is also a nice spot for a picnic in the city area by Lake Burley Griffin.
You also have a great view of Black Mountain Tower from here and it’s a nice spot for photos at sunset.
Recommended for: couples on a romantic date.
Don’t forget to bring: camera for photos and wine for celebrating.
5. Commonwealth Park, City
This park situated close to the city centre, is also the home of events such as Floriade. Commonwealth Park is a short walk from the city centre, with Lake Burley Griffin on one side of the park.
The park itself is quite large with lots of little spots to enjoy a nice picnic. There are lots of willows over bridges, large grassy areas, and fun areas for kids to play in.
Recommended for: People travelling to Canberra without a car.
Don’t forget to bring: Your picnic blanket to set up on the grass.
6. Pine Island, Tuggeranong
Although it gives the impression of being an island, this area is only sometimes an island depending on whether the rain has affected the Murrumbidgee River.
This spot has options to either set up a picnic at the undercover BBQ area, or find a more secluded spot by the river. It’s a great spot in the warmer months to go swimming – especially if you have some music to listen to while you are down there!
Recommended for: small groups if friends
Don’t forget to bring: swimmers and music
Have you been to any of the listed picnic spots? What are your favourite picnic spots in Canberra? Let me know in the comments section!
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