When the weather is fine, pack a pic­nic bas­ket and head to one of these fab­u­lous lo­ca­tions for the af­ter­noon

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Noosa Botanic Gar­dens

This hid­den gem is a sprawl­ing ex­panse on the shores of Lake Macdon­ald. There are lit­er­ally dozens of per­fect spots to choose for your pic­nic – be­side the wa­ter, among the amaz­ing flora or at the Gre­cian-style am­phithe­atre. If you’re lucky you may see some Friends of the Botanic Gar­dens who can take you on a jour­ney and ex­plain some of the spe­cific nat­u­ral at­trac­tions.

Emu Moun­tain

Emu Moun­tain is easy to climb and is the per­fect spot for a pic­nic. Much qui­eter than the nearby Mount Coolum, Emu Moun­tain is just off the beach and gives un­fit walk­ers the chance to en­joy stun­ning views over the ocean, stretch­ing from Coolum Beach in the south up to Pere­gian to the north. There are also spec­tac­u­lar hin­ter­land views to the west – and you’ll have the prime spot to en­joy stun­ning sun­sets. You won’t find large man­i­cured grassy ar­eas so take a rug and cush­ion to sit on.

James McKane Memo­rial Look­out

This one may not be a se­cret to the hin­ter­land crowd but if you live on the coast, chances are you’ve never ven­tured up to Cooran’s James McKane Memo­rial Look­out. This prime pic­nic spot has lush grass to stretch out on once you’ve fin­ished your pic­nic.

Coolum Beach

For those not keen to climb Mount Coolum, stick to the beach and head along the board­walk to First Bay. It’s a se­cluded spot where you’ll find lovely grassy patches to set up your pic­nic. Plus, you’ll en­joy gor­geous views of the ocean.

Noosa Spit

If you can find a park some­where along Hast­ings Street or in the woods, wan­der towards the end of the spit through the nat­u­ral bush and you’ll find a lovely patch of sand over­look­ing the ocean to call your own. The view is to Noosa North Shore and be­yond. It’s the per­fect spot for a pic­nic and, if you have dogs with you, the river side has an off-leash dog area where they can run free.

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