Gold Coast's 10 best picnic spots

Picnic season is officially upon us!

We think it's time to grab your teddy, friends, family, lover or all of the above, give Uncle Dan a visit, pack your picnic bags and enjoy your cheese and cracker in a park, lakeside or at the beach.

No need to continue your search for things to do - we've got your weekend covered from North to South with the 10 most idyllic picnic spots on the Coast.

1.     Hinze Dam, Advancetown
It seems so far away but it’s only a 20 min drive from Broadbeach. This underrated hinterland destination will be your new favourite picnic spot this Spring. Variety is definitely the word that comes to mind. Take in the beautiful scenery, have a swim, sip on that cold bubbly and enjoy your day out with family and friends. They have a BBQ area, kids playground and even a small cafe in case you need fresh supplies. Best of all, see how a Dam works!

2.     Cedar Creek Falls, Mt Tamborine
Mt Tamborine is picnic paradise and has more picnic areas than a year has days, Cedar Creek Falls being by far one of the best. Driving up the winding roads and taking in the scenic beauty is almost enough entertainment. But that's not all; Cedar Creek Falls are located just metres from three waterfalls and countless walking tracks, making it the perfect place to spend your next Sunday.
Head on over to Cedar Creek Estate after for some wine, pure relaxation!

3.     Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens, Benowa
Hard to believe that this beautiful little piece of earth is just a mere 10 minute drive from Surfers Paradise. In case you haven't been we urge you to go! Whether you want to take the whole family or go on a romantic date, it's the perfect setting for both and anything in between.  They even have a butterfly garden! You'll have to make it an early arvo picnic though, they close daily at 7pm.

4.     Macintosh Island, Surfers Paradise
This little oasis nestled in Surfers Paradise (most commonly used for getting around the GC600 every year) is great for picnic dates of all sorts. The tranquil setting with cascading water running through the park is home to many birds, so don't forget your stale bread. There’s also that super fun bridge previously built for the Indy in 2007. When you had enough, head into town for a drink at one of the many trendy bars.

5.     Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach
Cascade Gardens are centrally located in between Surfers and Broadbeach and offer you more than a few barbecue and (undercover) picnic shelters. This peaceful riverside sanctuary is the perfect (Tinder) date hot spot but with a huge playground, it’s also popular with families wishing to keep the kids entertained for hours!

6.     Ed Hardy Park, Miami
Adjacent to North Burleigh Surf Club is Ed Hardy Park, offering a huge kids playground and a number of BBQ areas perfect for that Sunday arvo picnic with the fam. Walk up Miami Hill and take in the views or have a sneaky swim in the ocean. Even if you run out of supplies, Coles and Aldi are just across the road, or like most people, you might just end up at the Shark Bar.

7.     Burleigh Hill, Burleigh
This one is a no-brainer, Burleigh Hill is without a doubt the most popular picnic spot on the Coast. You can't beat the views overlooking the Surfers Paradise skyline. If you want to get a good spot on a Sunday be early `cause the whole Gold Coast likes to unite here to see and be seen. Even for a solo trip, the sunset is picturesque, so don't forget to tag us in your best shot #insidegoldcoast.

8.     Tallebudgera Creek, Tallebudgera
The battle between what side to choose at Tally Creek continues. But no matter which one's your go-to, Tallebudgera Creek won't disappoint as family favourite picnic spot. The calm creek waters are perfect for a little splash before devouring your mobile buffet. Beware the hungry bush turkeys!

9.     Long Tan Park, Currumbin
Not many people know about this lovely yet hidden little picnic spot in Currumbin Valley. It's a great destination to get away, relax by the creek and maybe even go for a dip. But note well in advance, there are no toilets or BBQ stations, nature pure is the theme here, so come prepared. Drive along Currumbin Creek Road and take a right turn at Bains Road, the park is situated just over the bridge.

10.  Kirra Lookout, Coolangatta
Kirra Lookout is the Burleigh Hill of Coolangatta, just not as busy with more parking opportunities (we like the sound of that). You can either drive or walk up, but be warned, it's quite steep, you’ll burn off your picnic before you make it to the top. Enjoy the view whilst nibbling on some crackers and sipping on an icy cold one, it's pretty special!


Think we’ve missed one? Share your favourite spot in the comments below.

By Louisa von Ingelheim