The Best Picnic Spots in Melbourne, Australia
Monique La Terra

Is there anything more splendid than lazing away a warm afternoon sprawled across a tartan picnic blanket surrounding by a delicious smorgasbord of treats? We think not. This summer, gather your favourite people and head to one of these fabulous patches of grass. From croquet, at Rippon Lea to giant chess at St Kilda Botanical Gardens and a rowboat ride at Studley Park Boathouse, these are the best places to picnic in Melbourne.

1. Rippon Lea House and Gardens

Located around seven kilometers from the CBD in the suburb of Elsternwick, Rippon Lea House and Gardens is an expansive heritage-listed property dating back to 1868. Once home to one of Victoria’s most influential families, the mansion, and surrounding gardens are now open to the public. Picture a leisurely day spent exploring a 19th-century mansion before wandering through the gardens and settling by the lake for an aristocratic afternoon of cake and croquette (for hire). Spoil yourself and allow Carre Street Pantry House to take care of lunch with one of their hampers packed with sandwiches and canapés. They can also do an Anti-Pasto Platter and Cheese & Dried Fruit Platter.

Rippon Lea House and Gardens192 Hotham St, Elsternwick VIC Australia, +61 3 9523 6095

Rippon Lea house | © Citizen D/WikiCommons

2. Royal Botanic Gardens

Botanical Garden

2. Royal Botanic Gardens
© Cookaa/WikiCommons
Hidden in the heart of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardensis a 94-acre oasis with over 10,000 native and exotic plant species, selected for their value, rarity and diversity. Work up an appetite and run The Tan before propping up your lawn chair on one of the eleven picturesque lawns. Our favourite is Picnic Point where you can watch punt boats glide across the Ornamental Lake. After your feast you can wander the boardwalks at Guilfoyle’s Volcano, join the Herbarium Discovery Walk, visit The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden or sit down for a coffee at one of two cafés. On your way stop by at South Melbourne Marketwhich has more than 145 trades offering everything from boutique wines to speciality groceries and deli products.

3. Edinburgh Gardens


Laze around in the company of Fitzroy’s hipsters at Edinburgh Gardens. Located in North Fitzroy, the 59 acres park has open lawn areas where you can kick a footy around and is shaded by large trees making it the ideal place to shake out a rug. Edinburgh Gardens also features barbeque facilities, a heritage rotunda, tennis courts, a free skate park, and there is even a designated off-leash dog space for your four-legged friends. Stock up beforehand at Piedmonte – an independently owned one-stop-shop supermarket with their liquor department. They can even put together a gourmet deli platter for you.

Edinburgh Gardens Alfred Cres, Fitzroy North VIC Australia, + 61 3 9205 5555

Fitzroy Memorial Rotunda | © Cnwb/WikiCommons

5. St Kilda Botanic Gardens

5. St Kilda Botanic Gardens

Picnics in St Kilda typically involve eating fish and chips on the beach while shooing away three-legged seagulls, but for an utterly charming experience minus the greedy company visit St Kilda Botanic Gardens. Established in 1859 the gardens feature a giant chess board and chess tables, glasshouses, an Eco Centre, conservatory, playground and an ornamental pond with a solar-powered Rain Man fountain. There are also picnic tables and gazebo. You can even bring your pooch as long as they’re kept on a leash. Fill your wicker basket with savoury pastries and fruit buns from Baker D Chirico, a takeaway Cheesebox from Milk the Cow and a five course grazing hamper courtesy of Fitzrovia, all of which are less than three kilometres from the gardens.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC Australia, + 61 3 9209 6777

Courtesy St Kilda Botanic Gardens

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article