Pic­nic places to please

Haven Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLS -

En­joy­ing a fam­ily day out these school hol­i­days doesn’t need to be ex­pen­sive or ex­trav­a­gant – some­times fun can be as sim­ple as pack­ing a pic­nic and head­ing to one of our lo­cal beaches or parks.

JOHN LAWS park, BURLEIGH HEADS

Oth­er­wise known as ‘Burleigh Hill’, John Laws Park is the ul­ti­mate GC sun­downer spot. Find a patch of grass, or a pic­nic ta­ble if you’re lucky, and set up to watch the sun set over our beloved Gold Coast – from your Burleigh Hill van­tage point, you can see all the way up to Surfers Par­adise. You don’t even have to pack a pic­nic, be­cause nearby Justin Lane does bikede­liv­ered pizza right to John Laws Park.

THE farm, BY­RON BAY

It’s a favourite for vis­i­tors to By­ron Bay for its fluffy cows and In­sta­gram-able sun­flower patch, but The Farm also makes a great spot for a pic­nic. Pack your own bas­ket – but be sure to leave room for good­ies from The Farm’s bakery – or wing it with take­away from Three Blue Ducks, and en­joy a pic­nic around the grounds, whether it’s on the grass by the play­ground or un­der the shade of the ma­cadamia trees.

BRIS­BANE’S BOTANIC GAR­DENS

Lush green grass and blos­som­ing flow­ers make a botanic gar­den the per­fect pic­nic spot, and Bris­ban­ites are lucky enough to have two to choose from! The City Botanic Gar­dens in the heart of the CBD of­fer a sanc­tu­ary from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city, while the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gar­dens that over­look the city from the west pro­vide the per­fect moun­tain es­cape, with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent at­trac­tions and ar­eas to ex­plore. One thing they both have in com­mon? They’re the best pic­nic spots in Bris­bane.

MACIN­TOSH IS­LAND PARK, SURFERS PAR­ADISE

Macin­tosh Is­land Park is a sanc­tu­ary in the cen­tre of Surfers, char­ac­terised by lush green trees, man­i­cured lawns and a few in­ter­est­ing res­i­dents. Be­tween their free-roam­ing pea­cock pop­u­la­tion and the lo­cal Big­foot (who can be found sleep­ing in his cave), it’s hard to be­lieve that Macin­tosh Park is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the high-rises of Surfers Par­adise. Plus, it’s got a play­ground, pic­nic ta­bles and shel­ters, toi­lets and plenty of other fa­cil­i­ties that make it the per­fect spot to lay your pic­nic blan­ket in Surfers.

BROAD­WA­TER PARK­LANDS, SOUTH­PORT

De­spite its lo­ca­tion in the heart of South­port, the wa­ter­front Broad­wa­ter Park­lands feel a world away from the hus­tle and bus­tle. With a world-class chil­dren’s play­ground (bouncy pil­low in­cluded!), pic­nic ta­bles and bar­be­cues, rock pools and shady trees, the Park­lands of­fer great views down the coast and across the Coral Sea to Main Beach and Sea World.

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